How Pandemic Pushed Energy Analytics Firm MinionLabs To Build ‘Saaph’ Future

Khabar Live Hyderabad - 6 October 2020

Like most entrepreneurs working their way through the Covid-19 pandemic, Gokul Shrinivas has been neck-deep in work keeping his company running. But, his startup MinionLabs’ smart energy auditing device isn’t just what has been keeping him and his team busy. Since March, the team has been engaged in cranking out a solution to a more basic problem — getting food delivered safely to people’s homes.
No, the Bengaluru based energy analytics startup hasn’t diversified into the food delivery business.
Back in March, when the Covid-19 pandemic pushed the country into a state of lockdown, Shrinivas who lives alone in an apartment in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar suburb and often relies on food delivery apps for all his meals, became concerned about the safety of the food being delivered from multiple restaurants. “I started thinking about the many ways we could reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 (through home-delivered food)… and realized there are thousands of other people in the city facing a similar dilemma,” he said.
The solution he and his team came up with was UV Saaph, an ultraviolet-C (UVC) radiation technology based disinfection device. Since April this year, the startup has sold close to 4,000 devices and expects to have more than 20,000 units off the shelves in the next 12 months.
Given its early market success, Shrinivas sees UV Saaph growing into a significant line of business for the barely four-year old startup. MinionLabs itself is targeting $1 million in revenues in two years and Shrinivas expects at least 20% of that to come from UV Saaph.

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