Sepal a smart bike canopy startup has raised funds from Mumbai Angels Network
Sepal was started in 2018 by IIT-B alumni, with a goal to provide all 2-wheeler riders with the important comforts of a car, which is complete weather protection and all the Infotainment comforts. The first of their innovations is Sepal, which is a smart collapsible canopy that provides the rider and the pillion with complete protection from sun, rain, dust and even cold. That too entirely on-demand, i.e users can install /remove Sepal within 2 minutes whenever required.
On top of this, Sepal also comes integrated with an Heads-Up Display (HUD), handle buttons and an IOT platform to provide the bike riders with safe access to infotainment comforts like navigation, music streaming, call notifications etc.
Vidhey Addepally, Co-founder Sepal says, “At the beginning, me and Kashyap were surprised to see that there was not a single feasible solution in the market, despite the problems being so profound. The only option that people are left with is raincoats which is more of a compromise than a solution. It was only after we started working on our own ideal solution, that we came to realize all the intricacies, complications & consumer preferences which made such a solution elusive. But we kept grinding & experimenting for years. Finally, we have cracked the problem and developed the perfect product that is sure to transform the bike riding experience for the entire India.”
The team aims to use these funds, to set up their production infrastructure and launch Sepal into the market India-wide. In the following months, they will also be expanding their tech team and build a portfolio of innovative products to be launched subsequently. They intend to raise another funding round in 12-18 months to penetrate to all corners of India and also start expansion to other developing countries.
So far, they have received over 500+ pre-order interests & they have also confirmed partnerships with some renowned startups such as BigBasket, Swiggy, Faasos etc.
Nandini Mansinghka, Co-Promoter and CEO, Mumbai Angels Network commented "Two-wheeler technology has grown tremendously in the last few years and Sepal with their innovation they have been generating huge interests within India and abroad in these segments. We are happy to welcome Sepal to our diverse portfolio“