The Indian Iris, a policy research and consulting startup that focuses on analyzing and simplifying government policies and schemes, has raised an undisclosed amount in angel funding from Ahmedabad based Timbru Ventures. Timbru supports aspiring entrepreneurs with promising ideas.
The Indian Iris was founded a year ago with support from Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad. It is founded by IIT Roorkee, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIT Bangalore alums.
Noida-based The Indian Iris provides all policies and schemes of centre and state governments in an easy to understand language. The team at The Indian Iris navigates through complex policy documents and decodes them for easy understanding of citizens.
“We started with the thought that all governments, center or state, formulate some policies and schemes for the welfare of businesses or for their citizens. However, many times the information is not easily available, searchable and easily understood by common citizens, depriving them from availing benefits. There are language barriers too. That’s where, The Indian Iris aspires to play a major role,” says Sahitya, the co-founder.
The Indian Iris has developed an android application, ‘Join R’, available on Google Play store.The app attempts to leverage the community driven culture in our country. The key aim of the application to deliver information that matters the most to the Indian citizens including the policy and scheme related information. Currently, this beta version of the application maps all 6,50,000 villages of our country and allows user to join his or her village community.
At present, the portal sees over 30,000 unique visitors with 145,000 page views per month. Every day, the portal receives tens of queries from users asking for clarification on policies/schemes, and seeking advice on how to avail benefits. The startup aims to use the funds to scale its operations, hiring more resources for handling user queries, building and marketing the mobile platform, Join R, and enhancing the user interface of The Indian Iris.