Just a few days after successfully having its first unicorn, the city has reason to celebrate as three young investors from Hyderabad have been named in the Forbes India 30 Under 30 2022 list. In a list that features young achievers from various fields and genres such as designers, influencers, sportspersons, investors... three youngsters – Sandeep Sharma, Anil Kumar Reddy, and Sarang Bodade – who started Donatekart have been named among others.
The start-up was started when Sandeep Sharma and Anil Kumar Reddy graduated out of college at the age of 21. The trio has built e-commerce of giving, where one does not donate directly but ‘shops’ from the list of NGOs that resonate with their requirements. Donatekart procures and delivers it, providing the giver with delivery details.“
Every year, Forbes invites people to apply, and this year, we thought of applying, and voila, we got selected. We are obviously thrilled,” says Sharma, who hails from Nalgonda district and a graduate of NIT Nagpur along with Reddy. The start-up has been incubated in T-Hub and has been in existence for the past five years. To date, Donatekart has helped 1000-plus NGOs raise funds, with over one million donors contributing Rs 150 crore donations.
The now 65-member team has raised about Rs 120 crore in the past two years in donations and has helped quite a few daily wage workers and migrants through its funding platform. They have also helped many gain access to oxygen cylinders and hospital beds during COVID times.