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Solution Name

Digital Runners - on-demand verification & data collection

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Tagline:

Building India's largest last-mile verification & data collection network of Digital Runners (shared feet-on-street, tech-enabled)

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Pitch:

To implement any kind of Digital Identity, the first basic requirement is to have the capability to reach to remotest parts of a country with enough resources t deploy a tech solution, Digital Runners network plans to solve this problem with the focus on India at present.

We are creating distributed tech-enabled 'human' network of 250000+ Digital Runners across India with reach in 650 districts, 600000 villages, and making this platform available via REST API & web dashboard.

This network delivers 1. On-demand verification of People & Property; 2. Feet-on-street for Fintech companies, on-demand Startups; 3. KYC / eKYC for banks, insurance, telecom; 4. Background checks; 5. Data Collection; 6. Survey; 7. App promotion and downloads by verified users in Tier-2,3,4,5 towns & villages; 8. Aadhaar Verification and 9. On-demand G2C (Govt to Citizen) services at home.

Who is Digital Runner?

  1. Self-employed, computer & mobile savvy’ professionals who are delivering govt. services locally (at present)
  2. Aadhaar (UIDAI) enrollment operators
  3. Kiosk owners, NDLM training partners, Bank business correspondents (BC), Undergraduate students, and many others

IT companies / On-demand economy need background verification, FinTech companies’ need people-on-street for KYC/eKYC. Depending on the nature of business B2B, or B2C, there is a need to target users by their profile and ask them to use the App. Digital Runner' API will automate this process, whereby companies will be able to request for any physical task to be done at certain address in India through API, the task will get allocated to suitable Digital Runner anywhere in the country, even in deep rural areas and results will be sent in minimum response time from mobile app being used on field. 

With use of AI/ML, new technologies and identity management concepts are emerging, to deploy these new solutions effectively & in a low-cost manner across length & breadth of the country, there is a need of network which is self-sufficient and sponsored by other revenue sources, Digital Runners network is just like that, available on-demand without dependency on one revenue source.

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Solution location:

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Capability to execute any ID solution across a country

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Solution's stage of development:

Growth
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About Your Solution

What makes the solution innovative:

Anaxee provides a unique combination of both tech stack with manpower on field, which is winning combination for the customer. Apart from this 'assurance' of delivery from any part of India & 'deep reach' in remotest parts of India, helps the customer in taking business decisions which were not possible earlier. 

There is a broken network of local agencies which are usually deployed for collecting data/ market survey, which lack technology and consistency in the quality of data collected across multiple locations. Anaxee solves all these issues via its tech-enabled platform delivering uniform experience from any part of the country.

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How the solution demonstrates 'privacy by design':

Bringing Privacy management in our solution is work-in-progress (WIP). But, our Digital Runners network is on-demand, ready-to-use platform, designed to integrate with various other solutions. We are open to implement suggestions which can improve privacy management while we deliver the services.

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How the solution can be incorporated into digital identification systems:

We actually empower the process of delivering any digital identification system on the ground across the country in a cost-effective manner.

Our Digital Runner uses a mobile app for data collection or verification purpose. The app can be integrated with any tech-based ID solution, and our Runner can reach targeted citizen or beneficiary and implement a task of digital onboarding. Execution of such task across the country can be monitored and tracked via our backend dashboards.

Our platform can help in testing, piloting or implementing any solution based on geography or by individually identifying and meeting the target beneficiary.

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How the solution is 'user-friendly':

Its available on-demand across India. 

We actually empower the process of delivering any digital identification system on the ground across the country in a cost-effective manner.

Our Digital Runner uses mobile app for data collection or verification purpose. The app can be integrated via API with any tech-based ID solution, and our Runner can reach targeted citizen or beneficiary and implement a task of digital onboarding. It enables the deployment of a single task or big projects seamlessly.

Our platform can help in testing, piloting or implementing any solution based on geography or by individually identifying the target beneficiary.

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How the solution ensures interoperability:

Complete Digital Runner network is available via Rest API and Dashboards. Overall aim is to enable last-mile deployment of various tech-based solutions across industries.

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How the solution accounts for low connectivity environments and for users with low literacy and numeracy levels:

The mobile app and technology is being designed keeping in mind about those concepts.

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Vision over the next three to five years to implement or grow the solution to affect the lives of more people:

We will give part-time work to 250000 partners especially in rural & semi-urban parts of India. Our platform will help brands & companies to reach remotest places and distribute their products & services.

These companies will now have a low-cost method to distribute products & services, also help Govt/NGO to target poor people and improve their economic conditions. 

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https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/305700

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About Your Team

How the solution team is organized:

For-Profit
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How many people work on the solution:

20+
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Solution age:

3-4 years
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The organizations applicants are currently working with:

Potential Customers

  1. Companies targeting Tier-2, 3 & 4 towns for selling their product & services
  2. Private companies who need background verification of their employees
  3. Fintech companies where KYC & Digital Onboarding is a compliance and compulsory
  4. Internet companies having discovery platform like Uber, Practo, Zomato, etc where data needs to be collected via feet-on-street
  5. Consumers looking for verification of their maids, drivers, baby-sitter, etc
  6. NGO/Foundations who need to validate beneficiary before sponsoring an individual/organization and track development work remotely.
  7. Digital Onboarding of users by physically reaching them and using mobile as tech tool for onboarding.
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Applicant skills that can attract the different resources needed to succeed and make an impact:

This project connects all dots of our previous work and experience of first venture in Biometrics where we focused on products and now focusing on applications. Also, time invested in Aadhaar (UIDAI) project since 2011 is helping in creating the network, as we count Aadhaar enrolment operators as part of our Digital Runners work force. The team has complementary skills to take care of every aspect of this new venture. The founders total 42 years of experience in Biometrics, Identity Management, Software and UIDAI. They have a granted US Patent for Vein recognition technology (Biometrics) in previous company.

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Revenue model:

We charge the customer for every verification and every data point collected on the field. Depending on customer requirement and scope of work the charges varies. Every task done by Digital Runner is paid by the customer.

Most of the customers are Accounts giving cases on day to day basis and have monthly billing.

There are many opportunities to cross-sell various financial products like insurance, mutual funds, affordable housing loans, etc while doing fieldwork. We would be exploring the same in the coming future.

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Partnership Potential

Reason for applying to the Mission Billion Challenge:

Mission Billion Challenge augments whatever we are doing. New ID solutions discovered here can be implemented across India via Digital Runners network.

Building India's largest data collection network is an audacious goal, we have a strategy on how to achieve this, but have a feeling that we are thinking small in terms of planning and execution, we want mentorship where somebody can evaluate whether our current product & business strategy will actually help us reach the goal, or we will fall short of resources because we did not plan well.

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Key barriers to the solution:

We need help to overcome following challenges: 

  1. Increase our ability to Think Big on the continuous basis, and also give us exposure for planning execution of such a large scale project. 
  2. Coach us on the process to hire senior team members and develop skills to evaluate them. In fact, learn how to create a high performing team. 
  3. Once successful in India, how should we take this venture international in other countries with similar demographics to India. 
  4. We get carried away by short-term opportunities, how to focus on long-term goals.


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