‘The pandemic has introduced social entrepreneurship to the forefront’ – 20 quotes from India’s COVID-19 wrestle


Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature of YourStory that features notable citable quotes in our articles over the past week. This particular set of compilations focuses on India’s COVID-19 battle (See last week’s post Here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks and read the original articles for more information.

After the COVID-19 outbreak, consumer adoption of telemedicine has accelerated, and it is now playing a huge role in achieving better health outcomes for people. – Prasad Kompalli, MFine

The pandemic was a wake up call that helped people realize the importance of having a good insurance policy. – Sarbvir Singh, Policybazaar.com

During COVID-19, many people, especially those with chronic illnesses, lost access to their routine health care. – Mehak Malik, Uvi Health

There have been many positives in office opening and people exiting in the past two months, albeit with great caution. – Aravind Sanka, Rapido

You can slow down, but not give up. – Ankita Jain, Chitra Santhe

The small business community was among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite so much adversity, they showed unfathomable resilience. – Archana Vohra, Facebook India

The machines under the Act to Protect Women from Domestic Violence were not identified as an essential service during the lockdown. – Rekha Sharma, NCW chairman

The pandemic has exposed the lack of solid disaster management strategies among Indian startups in a volatile market. – Udai Chopra and Hersh Shah

During the lockdown, e-commerce was impacted as deliveries were restricted in security zones. – Swati Bhargava, EarnKaro

In the lock everyone was looking for new things to entertain. – Kush Desai, NxGn Sports Interactive

COVID pushed people to spend more time playing games. And UPI has simplified in-game payment. – Kartikeya Shekar, partner at Blume Venture

During the pandemic, we found that learners in India were focused on learning and educating themselves. – Varun Chopra, Eduvanz

With lockdowns rendering offline education ineffective, the introduction of online modes of continuing learning was the next step for e-learning to take hold in the long term. – ARAL

COVID-19 has helped accelerate the online movement. – Sudhir Pai, MagicBricks

The pandemic digitized large institutes much faster than usual, ”said Nadia Sood, CreditEnable

The pandemic forced many organizations and sectors to adopt business continuity and remote working technology. – Ambrish Kumar, Zipaworld

If there was one thing that stood out in the early days of battling COVID-19 in 2020, it was how technology helped humanity fight a deadly pandemic. And at the core is the data. – Madhurima Agarwal, NetApp


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated innovation like never before. We have seen companies of all sizes forced to innovate, and those that can quickly accept and respond to change will survive. – Vivek Wadhwa, “From incremental to exponential”

The pandemic has cut marketing budgets, but at the same time it has increased the startups’ dependence on micro-influencers to shape their marketing strategy and increase brand value. – Sameer Chhabra, T-Hub

Empathetic communication, the use of technology for customer orientation and the feeling of giving back to the community also have priority. – Khushboo Sharma Solanki, communication without gravity

Social entrepreneurship has grown rapidly in recent years and its benefits are recognized. However, the pandemic has brought it to the fore. – Ratna Mehta, Wadhwani Foundation

YourStory also published the paperback “Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups” as a creative and motivating guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).