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Allizhealth, iNICU & iCHR and Banyan Nation from Healthcare and Waste management emerge as the top 3 winners in the Intel & DST- Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0 (“Challenge 2.0”)
With the continued support of MyGov and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”), anchored by T-Hub Foundation, #IFDIChallenge2.0 has revealed its top 3 winning teams. Allizhealth, iNICU & iCHR and Banyan Nation are the top three teams of the Intel & DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0 (“Challenge 2.0”). They will receive a grant worth INR 5, 00,000, per team.
The solutions by these start-ups were based on Intel® Architecture in the spaces of preventive healthcare, infant mortality, and waste management, respectively. These teams were evaluated by a panel of experts comprising Sachin Kelkar, Head – Scale Program – Asia Pacific, Intel Software and Services Group, Sathya Prasad, Director, Ideas-2-Reality, Sashi Reddi of SRI Capital, Chris Burry, Co-CEO, USMAC, Srinivas Modukuri, Investor, Vijay Nadiminti, COO, IDEA-Technology Business Incubator of NAARM, Neel Vora, Director of Investments, T-Fund and Girish Shivani, Co-Founder, YourNest.
The #IFDIChallenge2 received a total number of 797 entries that aim to create a Digital India through innovative solutions and solve existing problems faced by the citizens. Out of these, 20 shortlisted participants presented ideas to a panel of experts and at the end of this phase, top 10 selected teams entered the accelerator phase wherein they were eligible to receive grants of up to Rs. 3 lakh with mentorship to build Minimum Viable Products (“MVPs”) based on Intel® Architecture.
Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub adds, “The Challenge 2.0 has been very exciting not only for the participating start-ups but for us as well as we got to see some amazing innovations which when out in the market, will generate ripples of positivity in the society. We are extremely proud to be associated with Intel India, DST, and MyGov for the entire duration of the IFDI Challenge 2.0 which has been very fulfilling. I would like to congratulate all the startups who worked extremely hard to develop their prototypes and special wishes to the winners. We are sure from here on they will only scale and succeed.”
Ms. Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director, and Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Intel South Asia, said, “Developing local solutions to address India’s widespread social challenges, is one of the prerequisites to make Digital India a reality. We urgently need technologies that are relevant for addressing some of the most basic needs of our country, and the Intel & DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge is a platform to make that happen. I’ve spent time with the top ten teams, and while many of us dream of changing India, these individuals are actually leading that change. Congratulations to the top three, and I am certain that like last year’s teams, this year’s top teams will also go from mind-to-market, not just in India, but in other countries as well.”
The three selected teams will now receive go-to-market support and access opportunities led by Intel, DST and T-Hub and their knowledge network of partners and industry. In addition, they will have the opportunity to travel to the United States for a boot camp and go-to-market mentoring program with US Market Access Center (USMAC). Each team will also receive grants of up to INR 5, 00,000 to take their solutions beyond the beta stage and from local to global markets. The top three teams will be invited for a grand finale to showcase their GTM solutions based on Intel® Architecture to a panel of experts.