The PepperTalk team with the judges

The PepperTalk team with the judges

PepperTalk (Espreccino Technologies), a SaaS-based in-app chat messaging solution that enables businesses to improve customer engagement by embedding it in their apps, won the Judge’s Choice award at Echelon Asia Summit’s Top100 Startups in Bangalore on April 25. The People’s Choice award went to Weddingplz (Virtual Space Info Tech), an online marketplace to find perfect wedding vendors in town.

The two were selected from the 14 startups that pitched at the event, including BreathingRoom, Campus Interaction, Magnet, myeasydocs, Cooey Health Platform, Flintobox, PriceBaba, GuideTrip, English Dost, Appknox, DoPartTime, and Animaker.

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“The quality of the startups presented here is very good. We had a very tough time going through the judging process,” shared Sanjay Swamy (Co-founder of early-stage VC fund AngelPrime), one of the members at the judging panel.

“What is noteworthy is that many of the startups presented here are global-, mobile- and customer-centric. The traction of some of the startups is awesome,” said Ravi Gururaj (angel investor and member of NASSCOM Product and Executive Council), a prominent member of the Indian startup community and a judge at the Qualifiers.

Raghunandan G, Co-founder of TaxiForSure (an online taxi booking startup recently acquired by Ola), and Ashish Bedekar, Head of MediaTek Labs (India), were also on the judging panel.

Indian startup ecosystem is going through a frenzied time, with VC investment deals spurting in the first four months of the current calendar year (for more on this click here). Consumer Internet continues to be the darling of VC investors, followed by fin-tech and online home services.

Echelon Asia Summit will be held in Singapore on June 23-24, 2015.