DesignGild announces first edition of its startup accelerator program

  • On-boards two startups from India, QtPi and RxHealth
  • Accelerator program to commence from 22nd May 2017


Mumbai, 19th May 2017: DesignGild, a first of its kind design led startup accelerator from the house of MIT Institute of Design, announces the launch of its first batch of the accelerator programme with two startups QtPi from Bangalore and RxHealth from Pune. The boot camp for these startups commences on 22nd May in Pune. The selected startups are from diverse technology spaces.

QtPi and RxHealth will be part of a robust 6 – month immersive accelerator program that leverages the rich design thinking and design doing experience of MIT ID.  The program will give startups an exposure to latest design methods, co-working space, access to prototyping facilities, IPR consulting and facilitation, business development support, public relations and processes that will enable them to unlock business opportunities. A set of experienced design mentors and a dedicated design team will work together with the startups on various stages from design strategy to operations.

To name a few, DesignGild’s mentors include Mr. Atindrya Bose- Ex Country Head- Sony ( Playstation business), Snehal Vasani – Managing Director, Kitchen Grace (Part of Asian Paints), Sachin Tagra – Associate VP – Brand Capital, Ashish Despande – Co Founder, Elephant Design; Vice President, Association of Designers of India and Apurva Chamaria – Vice-President & Head – Corporate Marketing, HCL Tech, Mr. Abhimanyu Kulkarni Design Head – Philips, Nachiket Thakur –Director- Innovation & Entrepreneurship- Science & Tech Park,, Mr Shekhar Badve – Director LokusDesign, Jay Dutta – Design Partner at Saif Partners. DesignGild also has a strategic partnership with The Institute of Healthcare Design Thinking – USA.

Speaking on the launch of DesignGild’s first batch, Mr. Harshit Desai, COO, DesignGild said, “We are extremely delighted to onboard the two startups. DesignGild aims to empower these startups and help them build their product with innovation. The focus of the accelerator is towards strategic design consulting, business model innovation, and hands-on design services to enable seamless integration of design in business. We would be happy to mentor the two selected startups, RxHealth and QtPi who are unique in their own fields.”

“DesignGild has been set up by the MIT Institute of Design, as one of the country’s first design-focused accelerators. The aim of the accelerator is to provide high-quality design mentorship and resources to passionate individuals and teams to create design-led businesses. With this MIT ID will add a new offering to its student by creating the much needed ecosystem under one roof” said Prof. Anant Chakradeo, Dean, MIT Institute of Design.

With this unique and first of its kind design led accelerator program, DesignGild will create an ecosystem helping the startups grow in their sector.

Here are the profiles of the startups selected for the accelerator programme.

  1. QtPi

Robotics for everyone

QtPi founder Jaison Leon is an industry veteran from MS, Yahoo, Oracle and Tech Mahindra with software and mechatronics background. QtPi has done years of research to eliminate fatigue caused by theoretical learning and mix with exciting practical.

The company has built ‘plug and play robotic kit’, consisting of Arduino based main board, sensors, actuators, building blocks and mobile app. The kit can be used by 7+ year old kids to build infinite types of robots. QtPi has list of projects & tutorials to assist early adapters. It also works with college students to develop innovative projects using QtPi kit or to design their own product.


  1. RxHealth

Bringing DRS in Healthcare

Founded by Rohan Prakash, RxHealth is the world’s first Health Informatics Company based in Pune that is catering expert system software in the field of computer-aided prognosis. It uses the avant-garde artificial intelligence solutions that recognize accurate and honest medical diagnosis support.

The principle objective is to provide the best healthcare services to every patient everywhere. It’s non-intrusive, seamless technology converts good doctors into excellent doctors by continuously upgrading their knowledge base and reference network. It helps doctors in better diagnosis and prescribing the most effective treatment to patients thus bringing down the time and cost of recovery.

On the patient side, its technology creates more aware and informed patients by providing them personalized information regarding preventions, doctors, consultations, treatment options, cost, time, precautions etc. The long-term objective is to create an effective, efficient and seamlessly integrated technology lead medical services ecosystem for better healthcare delivery.

About DesignGild –

DesignGild is a startup eco-system that provides high-quality design mentorship and business development support to create Design-led businesses, based in Pune. It is leveraging the power of Design to create business value. DesignGild provides the right platform to incubate and accelerate innovative business ideas through a design focused road map. It achieves this by leveraging its vast network of experienced design professionals, consultants, academicians, researchers and students. DesignGild also provide a creative and fun environment, innovative work-spaces, robust infrastructure, prototyping facilities and other business support services. It aims to be the one stop solution for building world class design-led ventures. DesignGild believes that they can take a start-up from one plane to a completely new and better one by playing on their strength: Design Thinking. DesignGild will support the selected start-ups to convert innovative ideas into valuable business propositions. DesignGild is an MIT ID initiative.


About MIT ID –

Established in the year 2006, MIT Institute of Design (MIT ID) celebrates a decade of excellence in design education, practice and research. MIT ID is committed to contribute to the design ecosystem and enhance the quality of academics in coming years. One of the important steps in this direction is MIT ID becoming a part of MIT Art, Design & Technology University, under the Government of Maharashtra.

The institute is mentored by Prof. Anant Chakradeo, Dean MITID. MITID offers industry-focused programs. It has a good connection with the industry. Internship, live classrooms projects, workshops by industry professionals keep the students updated about the latest developments & trends. The students are encouraged to explore new things & designs.