These hardware & systems startups are part of Plugin, a unique collaborative incubation program between Intel India, Department of Science & Technology (DST), and SINE IIT-Bombay
Bengaluru, November 07, 2017: Intel India hosted Intel India Maker Lab: Start-up Conclave and Demo Day at the Bengaluru campus, where 12 start-ups from the Plugin Program showcased their products and solutions. Announced last year, Plugin is a unique collaborative incubation program between Intel India, Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT-Bombay, and Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, aimed at addressing challenges faced by hardware companies in product development and commercialization, ultimately helping them in their concept to product journey.
As part of the initiative, these startups leveraged the incubation facilities and mentoring resources at Intel India Maker Lab in Bengaluru and SINE, IIT, Bombay to develop products in the areas of transportation, smart home, industrial automation, healthcare, and entertainment across key technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things (IOT), and Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR). Out of these 12 startups, four have market-ready products, five have completed product development and three have proof-of-concepts ready.
During the Program, the startups received access to state-of-the-art labs, mentorship from 50+ technology and business experts, technology platforms from Intel India and SINE-IIT Bombay and had opportunities to network with a wide range of ecosystem players like accelerators and VCs.
Speaking on the occasion, Jitendra Chaddah, Senior Director, Strategic Development & Operations, Intel India said, “Intel India has been at the forefront of amplifying hardware and systems innovation & entrepreneurship in India. It’s tremendously gratifying to see these startups from the second batch of Intel India Maker Lab showcasing exciting products and solutions that are relevant for the society.”
“Moreover, the collaboration with DST and SINE, IIT-Bombay in this journey has been hugely enriching and I am confident these experiences will help us enable more such success stories,” he added.
Dr. Anita Gupta, Director and Associate Head Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DST, Government of India, said, “The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Intel India have been collaborating over ten years in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in India. Furthering that commitment, we started the Plugin Program, a first-of-its-kind government-industry-academia collaborative initiative for hardware and systems startups, last year. It’s truly exciting to see the first batch of very promising startups coming out of this initiative with most of them having their products ready across key technology areas like IOT, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality.”
Poyni Bhatt, CEO of SINE, IIT-Bombay, said: “Plugin is a very unique industry-government-academia collaborative incubation program, one year long, with a focus on product acceleration and early customer validation for hardware and systems startups. Most start-ups in the first batch are ready with their products, and many are in customer engagement, which validates the value of the program.”
Startups at Intel India Maker Lab Start-up Conclave and Demo Day
Afresh Technology Solutions
CEO: Diptesh Mukherjee
Product Brief: Direct to Wall printing helps print colorful motifs of any size directly on the walls with remarkable resolution and finesse that is meant to last for a decade. This device may be used in conjunction with the graphic simulator to achieve a perfectly customized wall mural or may take inputs of ad hoc designs provided by the customer. The device is designed to be assembled or disassembled quickly with minimal effort so that it can be transported easily and can be assembled to print on site.
Bharati Robotics Systems
CEO/founder: Debashis Das
Product Brief: AUGUST 1.0 is a fully autonomous Industrial Floor Cleaning Robots Series which moves all over the facility on its own and cleans the floor to the finest dirt sending reports to you regularly, at the touch of smartphone command.
Linkeddots Engineering Solutions Pvt. Ltd
Founder: Devaraj Srinivasan
Product Brief: Linkeddots offers Smart Tags, Smart Readers, Smart tracking Systems and SMACS that can be easily customized for Small & Medium Enterprises
Redcherry Engineering Pvt Ltd
Founders: Kuldip Kamat, Dr Shiva Gopalakrishnan
Product Brief: Smart IoT solutions allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems.
Start-ups with completion of Product Development (pre-market release)
Ayata Intelligence PVT LTD
CEO: Shreyas Upasane
Product Brief: ViShruti is an integrated and intelligent assistive device. It uses machine learning and IoT to give holistic understanding of the environment and subsequently process it into audio/tactile cues to aid differently-abled people in tasks such as navigation, object placement/manipulation etc.
Aperion Mobility Pvt Ltd
Founder: Giridhar Raju
Product Brief: Piglet is a sustainable mobility (transportation) solution for all kinds of business cargo mobility applications (2 Wheeler). The product is a purpose-built cargo bike meant for carrying rider and cargo in various swappable configurations. The applications could be food delivery, Last Mile retail e-commerce delivery, Last mile courier, App based laundry, home services and many more.
Bleetech Innovations Pvt Ltd
CEO/founder: Janhavi Joshi
Product Brief: A stylish new SmartWatch designed especially for hearing impaired individuals. Blee can listen to the environment and notify the user about all the sound alerts with vibrations, colors and icons. It can speak out words or sentences to the user.
Fraggingmonk Technologies Pvt. Limited
Product Brief: The Fraggingmonk VR vest is a light weight wearable VR system that leverages Intel integrated graphics for custom untethered AR and VR solutions.
Founder: Sunder Jagannathan
Product Brief: Ride Assistant System for two-wheelers. The devices fit to the bike offers the smart and connected experience to two wheeler riders.
Start-ups with Prototype
Epocare Private Limited
CEO/founder: Deepak Kumar
Product Brief: The smart handheld portable device for real-time wound analysis. The device eliminates the need for existing invasive techniques and helps monitor microvascular blood flow, oxygen saturation and melanin absorption.
Udiyate Technologies Pvt Ltd
Founder: Chinmayananda Padhya
Product Brief: Herbio is an IoT-based tea vending machine which makes personalized authentic tea with a click of the button.
Magveh Energy Recovery Systems
Founder: Rahul Kumar
Product Brief: Magveh Energy Recovery Systems is focused on development of Suspension Energy Recovery System (SERS) for commercial vehicles. It harnesses the energy dissipated from the motion of vehicle and uses it to power hybrid/electric vehicles.
Intel India Maker Lab
Since its start in January 2016, the Intel India Maker Lab, a first-of-its-kind incubation program for hardware and systems startups in India, has supported 50+ startups by offering infrastructure, technology and mentorship support for their products in the areas of education, sports, health, agriculture, BFSI, and e-governance, across IOT, AI, cloud, and client compute.
Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay
Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE) is the business incubator at IIT Bombay, and supports technology start-ups that are based on products or intellectual property. It has been supporting start-ups since 2004 and has so far supported more than 100 starts-ups. Majority of SINE supported star-ups have become revenue generating, with several having reached Rs.50-100 cr. in revenue, and many start-ups have raised multiple rounds of funding.
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