Lipikaar – Simple Indic Language typing

Indian Startups

Lipikaar – Simple Indic Language typing

Lipikaar provides a single simple typing method for typing in various Indian scripts using the standard qwerty keyboard. Currently 16 scripts are supported. While most other software use a transliteration scheme, Lipikaar uses a simple SMS style mapping to do a Roman to Indic script conversion, which is a method patented by Lipikaar.

Lipikaar previously had a hardware based solution, which powered LED based display devices. This has been simplified and packaged as a web and desktop version. They have a web version and a Firefox add on which are free, and a desktop version requiring licenses. They are looking to license this technology to other software vendors which can use Lipikaar to add Indic script support to their software applications.

With a huge computer literate, but non English speaking population in India, and few competing products, Lipikaar is playing in a big market. With a simple solution, (hindi requires just two rules on a qwerty keyboard), it is sure to appeal to a wide segment of people.

Product Description
Using a patented method Lipkaar provides a simple method to type in Indic scripts using standard qwerty keyboard.

Target Audience
People who need to do a lot of typing in Hindi, and have little experience with English apart from recognizing the characters.

SMS style mapping from qwerty to Indic script, patented to Lipikaar.

Funding Status
Lipikaar had a hardware based solution for last 7 years. The software business has been bootstrapped from the hardware business.

Time in operation
7 years for hardware business. 3 Months for the software business.

Team Size
Total 20. (Including hardware team.)

[This is a guest post by Shabda from, a Django web development shop and Lakshman profiling companies which presented at Proto. Shabda earlier wrote an article on bootstrapping in India. We will publish few of his startup analysis here.]

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