The 2013 Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) – Village Capital collaboration ‘Technology for Impact Accelerator’ program announced their shortlisted startups for the first batch. 16 Startups have been selected on the basis of ideas that address pressing social and environmental changes and the value they provide with their technology enabled offering.
Here are the startups :
Aakar Innovations – is producing a biodegradable sanitary napkin product for the BoP woman consumer sold by women in a hub & spoke model across India.
Advance DIA-BESE Care – is working on novel algorithm driven programs to help patients and care providers manage diabetes and its associated complications.
Appilon Software Solution Pvt. Ltd. – has developed a Healthbook which provides fast health checks for a very reasonable price of Rs 50.
Edsix Brain Lab – is working on becoming the world’s first & largest multi-lingual, highly interactive brain skill & curriculum based gaming company.
Experifun – offers an interactive scientific product solution to make learning an interactive and fun process in the schools. The idea is to explore the activities and gadgets to help teachers improve in-class learning.
Green Agrevolution – is working on improving efficiencies in the agricultural supply chain, from crop selection to marketing, utilizing a micro-entrepreneurial franchise model, thus maximizing the take home profit of farmers.
GreenNerds Solutions – is a startup providing innovative tech solutions regarding current environmental challenges of solid waste management.
HelloMyDoctor – is a unique and innovative platform that allow doctors to connect to their doctors for follow up consultation. Its prepaid telephonic consultation platform connects a patient to the nearby participating doctor and hence makes physical meetings easy as well.
iKure Techsoft (P) Ltd. – has developed a cloud based proprietary software called WHIMS (Wireless Health Incidence Monitoring System) which leverages urban doctors to help remotely monitor rural patients.
Kambool – provides an online platform that provide jobs of housekeeping and other related work like Driving and pet care. It also provides a supplement training and required equipments to the workers it places.
Kriyate Design Solutions – utilizes elevation technology to create a smart phone for the visually impaired at an accessible price point. It is working towards liberating and creating livelihood-enhancing opportunities for people around the world.
MediAngles – is a global e-hospital which provides media assistance to the people all around the world with the help of internet and mobile technology.
NanoPix – An image and video processing application development organisation. It focuses on socially impacting products bringing value, quality and safety to people. They are working on products in both the agricultural and medical device fields.
Sanchayan – provides financial advice to low income BOP(Base of the Pyramid) population of India and help them understand effective financial practices like savings, banking etc.
SuryOn – has innovated a unique mobile phone Charger known as Apollo Mobile Phone Charger, which helps charging mobile phones directly from sunlight without any intermediacy of batteries.
Utopia – helping differently-abled people by providing unique and livelihood enhancing products.
The accelerator program will be focussing on tech ventures that operate in the mobile/ICT, health, agribusiness, education, sustainability and livelihood solutions verticals. Shortlisting criteria includes startups being commercially scalable, for-profit Indian ventures. Shashank Rastogi, Director of Operation CIIE has previously mentioned that this is just one of the many initiatives that are planned for the near future.
The accelerator is a 12 weeks long program, structured as 3 four-day sessions at the CIIE’s facility.
Participating entrepreneurs will be ranking each other during the program, and the top two highly ranked will receive a pre-committed $50,000 USD investment each.
They will receive infrastructural support and will get real-time feedback through ongoing collaboration, networking with mentors, investors and sector practitioners. Demo Day would entail pitching ideas before leading Indian venture capitalists and international investors.