Six ideas selected for financial and technical support
The Kolhapur Start-up Mission, where chosen start-ups will be incubated by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, has received more than 600 entries between January 15 and 31.
Kolhapur Start-up Mission is aimed at inviting and empowering start-ups in Kolhapur to resolve the city’s civic issues through innovative ideas and technology and supporting new entrepreneurship.
The idea is the brainchild of Maharashtra minister of state for home, housing and IT, Satej Patil, who is also the guardian minster of Kolhapur. The mission was launched in partnership with Kolhapur Incubation Centre (KIC), DY Patil Education Group and Start-up Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) of IIT Kanpur on January 15.
The winning start-ups are Acquafront Infra, Riverbin, Samudhyoga Waste Chakra, Kolhapur-based Eco Green India and innovations by Tejaswini Mali and Ronak Sutaria.
Based on the eligibility criteria, the organisers selected 133 applications for the second round and the same were evaluated on the relevance and innovations by the SIIC team. Sixty of the were selected for the third round and evaluated by a panel of experts. On detailed assessment, 15 entries were selected for the final presentation held on March 2, 2021. Over 100 start-ups from Kolhapur participated in this Innovation Challenge.
The panel members, after detailed deliberations and discussions, chose six start-ups that will receive technical, financial and co-incubation support from Kolhapur Innovation Centre & SIIC IIT Kanpur.
“I am extremely happy to see such an overwhelming response for Kolhapur Start-up Mission. Thanks to the support of our municipality commissioner Kadambari Balkawade and MLA Ruturaj Patil, we will able to provide all the administrative and local support to these start-ups to test the ideas in Kolhapur. I am confident that this initiative will make Kolhapur one of the top start-up destinations of the country,” minister Patil said.
The focus areas for which the entries were invited include water management, waste management, air quality management, education, public health, e-governance, agriculture and mobility and transportation.
Lauding the initiative Anita Gupta, head-NSTEDB, said, “Sowing the seeds of innovation in the young minds, particularly in non-metros, is important but building the platforms to connect innovators with potential customers is even more important. I compliment SIIC IIT Kanpur, KIC, DY Patil and KMC that have come together to create this innovative platform. Platforms like Kolhapur Start-up Mission will be extremely helpful for start-ups and innovators building B2G solutions.”
Winners and why they won:
Ankit Patel, Acquafront Infra, Kanpur
The team claimed the top slot for developing various modular floatation products and solutions that will be used for lake rejuvenation in Kolhapur.
Rohan Salvi, Pune
This team has developed an innovative product, Riverbin, to clean lakes, rivers and large water bodies. It's a team of students from Maharashtra mentored by Yogesh Dhote from Indira College of Engineering and Management, Pune.
Tejaswini Mali, Pune
They have developed a touch-free waterless and odourless indoor as well as outdoor urinals with unique design.
Ronak Sutaria, Mumbai
This team has built India's first scientifically validated real-time air quality monitoring network solution. The products provide low-cost sensor-based atmos air quality devices and a streaming data analytics dashboard which will allow civic authorities and citizens to understand the air quality situation in Kolhapur.
Samudhyoga Waste Chakra (P) Ltd, Chennai
Clean tech company specialised in developing advanced technology to derive value out of waste. They have developed two flagship units — decentralised plastic pyrolysis system and Ecofert unit.
Sumit Powar, Kolhapur
Team Eco-Green India has developed a device that can bring an old vehicle close to BS-VI norms. This can help in the reduction of air pollution significantly.
To know about Kolhapur Start-up Mission, click here.
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