MicroGo, a Chennai-based biotech startup, has seen a rise in installations of its IoT (Internet of Things) enabled hand hygiene device during the coronavirus pandemic. Founder Rachna Dave claims that it has installed around 180 units of its GOassure device since March 2, 2020, across various cities.
This solution has already been installed at several airports operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) including Chennai, Hyderabad, Calicut, Guwahati, Baroda, Pune, and Kolkata, in addition to a host of enterprises and companies like the Taj Group, Tata Capital, BigBasket, Way cool and IRCTC.
Working as a scientist (Ph.D Microbiology) at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), the now 39 year-old Dave decided to quit her job eight years ago to launch a startup in Chennai in 2016 with a focus on saving essential resources, direct and indirect costs. Her startup MicroGo is a R&D based manufacturing company that focuses on problems around ‘safe and save’ in water, food and hygiene.
MicroGo has been working in the hygiene space for the past three years, especially hand hygiene. Dave reasoned that “it is the first line of defence in any industry or for an individual wellbeing. When COVID-19 situation started to develop, we were in the scale-up mode – thus, we could contribute at the right time,” she said.
The startup which is bootstrapped has received angel investment, grants and revenues are proud to say it is ‘Made in India’. Multiple units of hand hygiene units have been installed at 100 locations in the past days.