Every day, we are awash with news of the latest technologies, product launches, and strategic moves of Internet giants. In this fast-paced scenario, it’s easy to lose sight of the important role technology can play in improving the lives of people around the world. With this intention, IFDI Challenge 2.0 (Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0) set out to find those top three startups that are working in their own ways to solve India’s indigenous problems.
Imagine a technology that integrates real-time clinical data from connected devices within the laboratory with bedside observational data. Or a startup that integrates the supply chain of India’s waste management and plastic recycling sector. A solution that is creating milestones in India’s preventive healthcare space. These are the pioneering technologies recognised for this year’s IFDI Challenge.
Intel India collaborated with T-Hub, DST, MyGov, and the 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.
IFDI Challenge 2.0
The challenge is designed to find and support simple but intelligent tech solutions with the capacity to sustainably improve the lives of people in the remotest parts of India. The top three winners announced today: iNICU, Banyan Nation, and AllizHealth were awarded funding support to further their efforts.
Initially, 20 startups were selected from 800 applicants. They were then further shortlisted to 10, where the startups received mentoring and hardware support from Intel over a three-month period. The selected startups belonged to a range of domains from agriculture and healthcare to renewable resources.
The three winning startups received awards for focussing their considerable talents on solving the basic problems of people in a developing country like India. As the winners of the competition, they will receive hardware support from Intel Architecture, Seed funding worth $7.4K (INR 5 lakh) each, and engineering expertise to develop and scale their solutions to India’s pressing needs.