BIRAC launched an Innovation Challenge Award, SoCH i.e., Solutions for Community Health. Innovative ideas from individual entrepreneurs, academia and companies were sought under two themes aimed at developing viable solutions to address certain challenges in the Community Health Sector.
The following two themes were identified for the SoCH award through an open discussion on My Gov Portal:
1. Platform technologies for reducing disease burden (Communicable & Non-Communicable Diseases)
2. Sanitation and Waste recycling
Proposals were received from all over the country under both the themes (Call Duration: 22nd Sept-31st Oct, 2017). Best 49 proposals were shortlisted for Hackathon and Ideathon to identify Top 10. These 10 early winners were awarded Rs. 15 lakhs each for a period of 6 months to develop Minimal Viable Prototype (MVP) in BIRAC supported BioNEST-incubators to provide access to high end instrumentations along with technical, legal, IP, business mentorship. Based on 6 months progress, technical, business, core team strength & related parameters, top 2 winners were identified- one in each theme.
Today, on the auspicious occasion of on 70th Republic Day, BIRAC is pleased to announce the winners of BIRAC Innovation Challenge Award, SoCH. The award includes a sum of Rs 50 lakhs to each winner and technical & business mentorship opportunity at one of BIRAC’s BioNEST-incubators.
The winners are:
|Bodhisattwa Sanghapriya||Platform technologies for Reducing Disease Burden (communicable and Non communicable Diseases)||Seino Care – A Smartphone Based Low Cost Point of Care Device for Early Screening of Breast Cancer|
|Ajinkya Dhariya||Sanitation & Waste Recycling||Eco-Sanitary Pad Disposer
Congratulations to the winners!