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Startup bags award for offering solutions to city corpn – Times of India


GoFloaters, a Chennai-based startup, has won the Best Innovation Award at the Open Innovation Challenge organised by Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation Mission (Tansim) of Tamil Nadu government for providing innovative solutions to the problems faced by the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation to improve the pace of Covid-19 vaccine distribution.
Minister for rural industries T M Anbarasan handed over a certificate of merit and cash award to founder-cum-chief executive officer of the firm Shyam Sundar Nagarajan at an event held in Chennai on Friday.
The competition was conducted to address issues in vaccination booking by providing innovative technology-driven solutions. While 20 startups were identified for the competition after vetting, GoFloaters was adjudged the winner. The ideas are, however, yet to be put in use by the Coimbatore corporation, which is following a conventional booking system, where people have to visit vaccination camps an hour before the camp starts.
GoFloaters, founded in 2018, is an on-demand workplace booking platform that connects professionals who do not have a permanent office and people offering office on rent on daily and monthly basis. “The Chennai corporation required a platform to enable vaccination booking programmes to meet the demand in April. With the experience of running the booking website, we played a significant role in designing an exclusive portal for Chennai corporation, which has been used by more than 2.5 lakh people,” Shyam said. “We learnt about the competition to provide innovative solutions for Coimbatore corporation and decided to took part. We provided the template created for Chennai corporation with additional features like booking through missed call, scanning QR code and booking through WhatsApp.”
The concept of shared office model is picking up in Coimbatore, Shyam said. “Eight places are available on GoFloaters platform. We are operating in 25 cities in Tamil Nadu,” he added.

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