As the second wave of Coronavirus rips through India with ferocity, entrepreneurs and investors across India's booming startup ecosystem have come together to mobilize funds and resources to help the country in one of its darkest hours. Here is a look at what different companies and entrepreneurs are doing, and where you can contribute
A collective movement by some of the leading venture capital funds and entrepreneurs in India's startup ecosystem. Amazon has already tied up with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation, and Pune Platform for COVID-19 response to airlift 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore.
It is now accepting domestic & international donations at actgrants.in/donate. These will go towards oxygen solutions, home healthcare and more.
Google and its employees are providing Rs 135 crore in funding to GiveIndia and UNICEF for medical supplies,
organizations supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information. Valley investor Vinod Khosla too is coordinating grants through GiveIndia has asked public hospitals and NGOs to reach out.
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Paytm is raising funds to source supplies of oxygen concentrators.
Zomato Feeding India, through its Help Save My India initiative is helping hospitals and patients with oxygen and related supplies in association with Delhivery.
Indian citizens based in India and abroad can contribute using these links:
http://feedingindia.org/o2-intl for non-Indian
citizens http://feedingindia.org/o2-india for Indian citizens (residents, and NRIs)
Mission Million Air by KVN Foundation
Founded by serial entrepreneur and investor K Ganesh, KVN Foundation launched Feed My City initiative last year where over 400 volunteers, 50,000 retail & 60 institutional donors, served over 58 lakh meals to migrant laborers. KVN, in partnership with Portea and Razorpay, now wants to provide oxygen to the poor free of cost in Bengaluru and Mumbai.
To donate, log on to www.kvnfoundation.com
Sheroes, the women focused social network, is looking for 10,000 volunteers to keep hospitals from flooding over. You need to register, give an hour or 2 every day to make calls. With this, you will be helping out the doctors in screening high risk patients and prioritizing it. Nation needs your help at this point of time. With little bit of our efforts, we might save some lives. There will be a 1 hour training by SHEROES and ACT team for those who sign up.
The global crypto community too has rallied together to instantly send funds from different parts of the world. Sandeep Naliwal, the co-founder of Polygon, has set up a crypto address, taking on the regulatory and accounting responsibilities.
More details here.
Hemkunt Foundation, through its network of volunteers, is distributing Oxygen Cylinders to COVID-19 patients only for free.
Swasth, a non-profit alliance working to strengthen healthcare systems in India has teamed up with ACT Grants to procure and import oxygen concentrators for India. Check here.
For more causes related to feeding daily wage workers, needy families, hygiene, PPE, pets, please check out this thread by Zestmoney co-founder and CEO Lizzie Chapman.
Doctors For You- Startups and investors are also contributing to DFY, a network of doctors, medical students and citizens of the country to work with underserved communities to provide healthcare. Via the crowdfunding platform Ketto, it aims to collect Rs 5 crore in total. Check here.
India Covid Resources- Donate to India Covid Relief (indiacovidresources.in) This website is collating some of the resources from the startup communityUday Wellness Foundation- Covid 19 #StayWell | Help Uday Foundation to Distribute at least 10,000 Wellness Kits To Homeless | Uday Foundation : Official Website- This foundation is accepting contributions to distribute kits which include paracetamol, multivitamins, oximeter and Vitamin C, among other things.