Bengaluru-based tech incubator N/Core in partnership with IT company Cisco, on Tuesday (February 11), announced that it has selected 10 startups for the third cohort of its flagship accelerator programme for nonprofit startups which are alleviating poverty using technology.
These 10 startups were shortlisted by N/Core out of 173 shortlisted startups. Each selected startup will receive initial funding of INR 15 Lakhs. Moreover, the founders of the selected startups will also get mentorship from partners of N/Core.
The mentorship panel of N/Core includes the founder of Myelin Foundry Gopichand Katragadda, chief endowment officer of Azim Premji Foundation K.R. Lakshminarayana Lan, senior investment director at Ankur Capital Kamakshi Rao, cofounder and former CEO of Pratham Madhav Chavan, former managing director of Apple Maneesh Dhir, among others. “Mentoring by N/Core partners is the most valuable aspect of the program,” said Priya Ajmera, director N/Core tech.
For this cohort, N/Core had received applications from nonprofit tech startups which are working in sectors such as agriculture, disaster management, education, employability, energy, financial inclusion, gender equality, healthcare, human rights, nonprofit ecosystem, sanitation, and water, among others.
Launched in 2018, N/Core tech has accelerated 19 tech nonprofit startups. N/Core claims that these startups have collectively helped over 600k people in India.
Startups Selected For N/Core’s Third Incubator Programme
Energy Harvest Charitable Trust is an agritech startup which researches, educates, trains, and provides solutions to improve the lives of farmers through novel approaches to utilise agricultural waste for useful purposes. The startup uses a machine learning model, which is based on Google Satellite Images API, to shortlist areas from where straw needs to be collected. Founded by Sukhmeet Singh, Energy Harvest converts collected straw into clean fuel.
Humsafer Driver Safety Foundation
Founded by Jehaan Kotwal and Sumedh Mane, Humsafer Driver Safety Foundation aims to improve the safety of truck drivers and also to reduce road accidents caused by trucks. The startup has built a mobile application which alarms drivers in case of they sleep, thereby preventing road accidents. The application also sends real-time alerts in local languages to prompt drivers to reduce speed, take breaks, etc.
Aaroogya Foundation is a healthtech nonprofit startup which helps in the early detection of cancer among women. Founded by Priyanjali Datta and Dhruv Kacker, the startup also offers primary care help such as diagnostic tests, mobilisation of patients to other secondary or tertiary Care units, among others.
The startup leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to provide advanced diagnostic solutions to people living in remote areas of India. Aaroogya Foundation claims to have helped around 2987 cancer patients.
Intellify provides underprivileged kids with access to technology-based online learning modules. The startup runs a nine-month structured program to assess the proficiency level of the kid across various skills using their proprietary AI/ML technology. It was founded by Amar Srivastava, Avinash Bhutani, and Satvik Paramkusham.
Founded by Gaurav Mittal and Subodh, Level-up foundation is developing solutions for visually impaired students who study in universities. As of now, Subodh is working with Indian Institue of Management, Bengaluru to make the campus more accessible.
Makerghat partners with government colleges, schools, and other nonprofit organisations to offer after-school workshops, weekend seminars, and mentorship opportunities. Founded by Azra Ismail and Aditya Vishwanath, the startup’s workshops help students to get support collaboration on for projects.
Founded by Katriel Friedman and Erik Hausen, Charity Science Health helps mothers to remember the vaccination dates of their children. The nonprofit startup does so by sending message reminders to these mothers. As of now, the startup has helped over 250K families in India and it plans to enrol 2 Mn mothers in the coming five years. With a partnership with the state governments of Bihar and Maharashtra, the startup wants to automatically enrol new mothers.
Civis Innovation educates citizens to understand norms laid out in the legislation and then takes their feedback on laws and policy decisions. It further provides the collected responses to the governments, thereby acting as a bridge between the government and citizens. Founded by Antaraa Vasudev, Civis Innovation claims to be in partnership with two governments. It also claims to have a presence across 50 University campuses.
One Step Forward Foundation provides science education to students with proper infrastructure, faculty and opportunity in place.
It first identifies a ‘cluster’ of three schools that are located in close geographical proximity and cater to students from similar socio-economic backgrounds and then provides science kits to these clusters. The kits contain resources to conduct curriculum-based experiments which help students to learn more beyond theoretical knowledge. The startup was founded by Shasanka Mishra. It claims to have conducted over 400 workshops which have benefitted close to 6K students across India.
Founded by Abhishek Dubey and Rishi Raj, Muskaan Dreams aims to transform the way children learn by setting up digital classrooms in rural areas. So far, Muskaan Dreams have set up close to 120 digital classrooms in 81 schools which are helping more than 15K students to learn in a fun way.