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T-Hub and Intel India reveal 20 shortlisted startups of Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0

T-Hub, in association with Intel India, has announced the top 20  startups selected for the Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0 (to be read as Challenge 2.0), that will be competing to participate in an 8-week accelerator program including a 4-day USMAC bootcamp, to be held from 5th December, 2016 at T-Hub, Hyderabad.

T-Hub, recently, in collaboration with Intel India, DST, MyGov and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY) had launched the Challenge 2.0, inviting startups to build solutions that accelerate India’s digitization, and to commercially develop their prototypes on Intel® Architecture.

Close to 800 applications were received and after three rounds of screenings, 20 startups have been selected to pitch their ideas to a jury comprising of domain and key industry experts. Of these 20 teams, 10 will get an opportunity to participate in the 8-week accelerator program, which starts with a 4-day bootcamp with USMAC and Global Business Inroads (GBI). USMAC’s bootcamp is designed to stimulate the mindset of startups, to ‘think big’ and provide them with key practical essentials for engaging with potential early-adopter customers and partners in Silicon Valley. GBI, meanwhile, will identify and connect these startups to potential Indian market ecosystem players.

The 8-week accelerator program, taking place in T-Hub, will include multiple interventions with GBI, mentor sessions and two residential sessions of 1-week duration each; the first session is the USMAC bootcamp occurring at the beginning of the accelerator program and the second session at the end of the program. This would be facilitated by organizers of T-Hub which will include the cost of travel, stay and food for the participant and one team member.

Of the 10 selected startups, three would be selected for a 2-week visit to T-Global Access, Silicon Valley, in March 2017, for additional mentoring from experts in the Valley.

Jay Krishnan, CEO T-Hub says, “The Challenge 2.0 has been very exciting and selecting the top 20 was a challenging task, considering the depth and possibilities that each idea carried. The next steps for the entrepreneurs will be an amazing journey that focuses on scale. The USMAC bootcamp will be a great opportunity for the top 10 as they are scaled up for faster and successful access to global markets including Silicon Valley. Further, through this collaboration, we are sure to enable Indian startups with an opportunity to learn, unlearn, explore, network and scale.”

The remaining 10 startups, of the selected 20, will get an opportunity to participate in a 1-week ISEED bootcamp, which aims to provide the necessary support and training to grow tech products into market–ready ventures giving a unique selling proposition. This will also be conducted at T-Hub.

Debjani Ghosh, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, and Managing Director, South Asia, Intel Technology India Pvt Ltd, said “For Digital India to become a reality, we cannot rely solely on innovations that are being created in other nations because India’s problems are unique, and must be solved through local thinking. We collaborate with the government, academia, and technology ecosystem to empower makers across age groups to transform their ideas into reality. The Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge is one such initiative, and last year, there were some ground-breaking ideas that are now actual solutions that are positively impacting citizen lives in healthcare and agriculture – that is the power of home-grown innovation. Heartiest congratulations to the top 20 shortlisted teams of the Challenge 2.0, and I am very excited to see the mind-to-market solutions that will make it to the finish line, to transform even more lives in the country, and beyond.”

List of selected top 20 startups:

Name City Associated Industry (M)Startup Name
Venu Kandadai Hyderabad Smart City Manjeera Digital Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Jainam Mehta Ahmedabad Smart City Oizom Instruments Pvt. Ltd
Dr. Kiruba Daniel Bengaluru Agriculture Solution Shanmukha Innovations Pvt. Ltd
Sriharsh B Hyderabad Sustainability / Renewable Gayam Motor Works (P) Ltd
Mehendra Sharma Ahmedabad Education Solution Matrubharti
Chinmoy Mishra Pune Healthcare Solutions AllizHealth
Piyush Vishwakarma Delhi Smart City iotrek technology pvt ltd
Ajay Sangwan Kochi Manufacturing / Engineering NYOKAS
Shivan Setia Delhi Smart City CacheFi
Gaurav Kumar Hyderabad Smart City Cyrrup
Nitin Vasanth Kochi Healthcare Solutions NeuroTech
Harpreet Singh Delhi Healthcare Solutions iNICU and iCHR
Nitin Saluja Chandigarh Agriculture Solution E-DeWeeder
Sarfaraz Hassan Guwahati Smart City Crimatrix
Akhil Reddy Hyderabad Agriculture Solution International Nerd Solutions
Mani Vajipey Hyderabad Sustainability / Renewable Banyan Sustainable Waste Managment Private Limited
Roshan Miranda Hyderabad Sustainability / Renewable Waste Ventures India
Varsha Singh Chandigarh Healthcare Solutions Thyrometer
Sathyaprakash Narayan Chennai Healthcare Solutions MEEP
Milan Hoogan Hyderabad Healthcare Solutions Erfolg Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.

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T-Hub and Intel India reveal 20 shortlisted startups of Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0
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