Intel India has announced the top 10 finalists of the Intel & DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0. The shortlisted solutions can potentially accelerate the country’s Digital India vision, and comprise of projects in healthcare, smart cities, sustainability, and agriculture.
Recently T-Hub collaborated with Intel India, DST, MyGov and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY) and launched the Challenge 2.0, inviting startups to build solutions that accelerate India’s digitisation, and to commercially develop their prototypes on Intel® Architecture.
Talking about the accelerator programme, Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director, and Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Intel South Asia said, “The accelerator program will be thrilling as teams build minimum-viable products, transitioning from mind-to-market, the real philosophy of the initiative. Last year’s winners focussed on creating solutions for domestic problems, but their innovations are being evaluated for deployment in countries with similar challenges. This is proof of the resounding success that can come with innovation.”
Under the eight-week NanoAccelerator program, each team will receive grants up to INR 3 Lakhs from T-Hub to create minimum-viable products (MVPs). They will also have access to engineering support and hardware kits from Intel, and access to the Intel Maker Lab in Bengaluru as well as the IoT Lab at T-Hub.
With inputs from design and user interface firms about developing user experience, the teams will undergo virtual team management and prototype monitoring. The participants will also receive weekly mentoring by a cross panel of experts from Intel, T-Hub and MyGov, as well as from technical specialists, venture capitalists, and business modelling experts.
The teams were shortlisted on the basis of the presentation of their ideas to jury members including Sachin Kelkar (Head, APAC Scale Program – Asia Pacific, Intel Software and Services Group); Hasit Kaji (Vice President, Special Initiatives, Tata Consultancy Services); Satya Prasad (Director, Ideas-2-Reality, internal incubator at Intel India); Chandrashekhar Bhide (Startup Mentor and ex-Vice President, DBS Bank); Praveen P.A. (Director, Aerospace and Defence, Government of Telangana); Ramesh Rao (Venture Capitalist, Aquila Partners); and Dr. Amit Garg (Medical Director, Emerging Markets, Dr. Reddy’s). The selected teams will now advance to the 8-week NanoAccelerator program at the T-Hub startup incubator in Hyderabad.