Startup Konnect, held on Sunday by Nasscom in partnership with TiE Silicon Valley and IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE India, featured 36 startups from India and five startups from US across a variety of sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, energy, financial inclusion, and cleantech.
A number of MOUs were signed at the event to strengthen the India US partnership to boost technology, innovation and startups. The startups were shortlisted through a nationwide selection process for companies that are building products for social good. Here’s a quick fact sheet on the startups that exhibited at the event.
Surya Power Magic
The Coimbatore-based cleantech startup Surya Power Magic provides solar irrigation solutions to farmers in power deficit regions.
Promethean Power Systems
Pune-based Promethean Power Systems designs and manufactures rural refrigeration systems for off-grid and partially electrified areas. It has installed over 100 milk chilling systems throughout rural India.
A ‘hybrid social enterprise’ comprised of Aakar Innovations and Aakar Social Ventures, the Mumbai-based startup enables women to produce and distribute affordable, high-quality, compostable sanitary napkins within their communities.
Green India Building Systems and Services (GIBSS) is a Mumbai-based cleantech startup that manufactures and installs geo-thermal cooling systems. The firm and has commissioned over 250 systems in commercial and industrial facilities in India.
Greenway Appliances manufactures and supplies a range of biomass stoves which are eco friendly, designed for long-term and every day use.
A farming solutions company focused on improving conventional farming practices through design intervention, Sickle Innovations’ flagship product is a handheld cotton-harvesting machine.
This Jaipur-based startup is a manufacturer of smart meters and off-grid electricity solutions. Its Smart Meter allows for prepaid selling of electricity, Gram Power’s Smart Microgrid provides power to remote villages at less than 30 percent cost of grid extension, and has a presence in 19 villages.
Mother Diagnostic Systems
A Bengaluru-based startup that deals with medical equipment and devices and their supplies in rural India.
This firm designs and develops automated food equipment for use in the Indian food retail segment.Mukunda Foods’ flagship product is the DosaMatic, which the company claims is the first fully automatic Dosa Making machine.
Leaf Innovation is a wearable technology company that retails a product called Safer, which allows wearers to alert others incase of an emergency.
Goa-based robotics startup Inventrom has created Netplug, an IOT device that lets users control their devices via mobile apps, Facebook and Twitter.
Delhi-based Innoflaps Remedy specializes in speech products, based on R&D from speech therapy professionals and engineers.
Pune-based startup BleeTech has created a cross-platform haptic wearable device which converts music into regular ticks and vibrations at a selected rate. This can be used to time and sync music and dance.
Sattva MedTech provides a foetal health monitoring device which uses advanced sensors to monitor and acquire physiological data of the foetus and mother.
Eko India Financial Services
Eko India Financial Services enables branchless mobile banking using the cellphone. Eko uses two factor authentication to complete the transaction, and has created a transaction platform called ‘SimpliBank’ that is used by its partners.
Forus Health is a Bengaluru-based ophthalmic technology company. Their flagship product 3nethra, is an affordable and portable eye screening device.
Bengaluru-based Achira Labs has developed proprietary lab-on-chip platforms to deliver medical affordable testing for patients.
Pradin Technologies is an eco-design startup specialising in providing innovative solutions for healthcare, green power and lighting in rural areas.
Tap to Learn
Pune-based Tap to Learn edtech startup passed out of the Y Combinator Program, and has a wide range of game-based learning apps for children.
Curadev Pharma was founded in 2010 by a team of professionals from the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors with the mission to accelerate the discovery and delivery of new drugs.
Delhi-based Consure Medical has developed a low-cost product for fecal incontinence, which affects more than 16 million patients in India and over 100 million patients worldwide.
Sohum Innovation Lab
Bengaluru startup Sohum Innovation Lab developed a mass-screening, non-invasive device to screen newborns for hearing loss in global resource-poor settings to prevent speech loss.
US-based research group Prakash Labs designs and builds low cost instruments for screening and scientific research.
NextGen’s flagship product, P3, is an online platform for companies to track, monitor, evaluate, and report on their CSR and sustainability performance.
Boond Engineering and Development
Boond is a social enterprise that promotes alternative energy in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi NCR and other northern states of India. The company is incubated in CIIE (Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship) at IIM-Ahmedabad.
Ready Bytes Software Labs
Rajasthan-based startup Ready Bytes Software Labs provides Open Source content management systems and e-commerce solutions.
Barrix Agro Sciences
Barrix Agro Sciences develops pest management products. It markets its indigenous pheromone-based traps under the brand name Barrix Catch, which are essentially fruit fly traps.
SocialCops bridges the information gap in communities to solve problems like public health, education and civic issues. It provides a mobile-based tool for collecting data from from people.
Navya Biologicals’ technology platforms (YeXtreme & ItensiMAb) enable low cost production of high quality biopharmaceuticals.
An official Google Lunar X Prize team and the only Indian entry, Team Indus won the the $1 million prize for developing a robot that can land on the moon and travel 500 metres on its surface and send data back to earth.
Khethworks builds solar-powered irrigation systems that enable their customers to farm through all three seasons.
Research project EcoBLAC aims to recycle industrial waste into masonry construction materials, as a replacement for the clay fired brick.
A for-profit enterprise, Aquastech provides water treatment technologies to remove chemical contamination from water.
POC Medical Systems
POC Medical Systems, founded by technology and biomedical professionals has a patent-protected Point of Care Testing product for screening breast cancer.
Biotech startup SenesTech specialises in reproductive physiology, and applying its technology to control rats and mice in both agricultural and urban settings.