The Start-ups Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) of IIT Kanpur has selected 15 startups in the first-of-its-kind product accelerator programme for innovators developing sustainable solutions. They will soon start working towards solutions in the healthcare and agriculture domains.
This is the first cohort of the NIRMAN Accelerator Program, launched by SIIC, IIT Kanpur. The accelerator programme supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, through its NIDHI scheme portfolio, will help solve challenges in the product development journey of indigenous innovations. The programme takes a leaf out of the best methods and key insights from the two very successful national initiatives of SIIC, IIT Kanpur, The Ventilator Project and Mission Bharat O2.
The calls for the programme were launched in July 2022, and the startups were selected through rigorous screening. This was followed by training, including residential workshops for getting the startups geared up to meet the challenges ahead.
A 3-day residential workshop organised for the startups with a better understanding of funding opportunities, compliance and business opportunities for health-tech and agritech startups, Angel and VC funding for early-stage startups, compliance through Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), ISO and Government e-Marketplace (GeM) and ethos associated with team building. Representatives from VCs like GrowX, YourNest, corporates like DS Group, and government agencies like TDB and GeM shared their insights and learning with the startup founders in this programme. Startups under the cohort got opportunities to interact with eminent speakers from government agencies, angel investors and VC communities, and prominent industry leaders.
Dr. Anita Gupta, Head, NEB Division, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, underlined this programme’s importance in strengthening the country’s innovation ecosystem and creating startups focusing on areas of national importance.
On the programme’s response, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “NIRMAN Accelerator Program is expected to expedite the journey of startups developing cutting-edge, technology-driven innovations in these critical areas from prototype to market.”
The cohort was encouraged to address the pertinent challenges of the Indian hardware sector through their innovative solutions. The accelerator programme will enable comprehensive nurturing and fostering of the startups through effective mentoring and market access, and with the completion of the training period this month, the startups will get launched in their journey towards indigenous innovations.
The programme can build focused solutions to accelerate the journey of indigenous solutions from India to build a sustainable world.
List of selected startups under the programme
|S.No||Name of the Startups|
|1||LCB Fertilizers Private Limited|
|2||Saptkrishi Scientific Private Limited|
|3||BomLife Private Limited|
|4||Polycycling Solutions Private Limited|
|5||Surobhi AgroIndustries Private Limited|
|6||Primary Healthtech Private Limited|
|7||Lenek Technologies Private Limited|
|8||Aana Crop Solutions Private Limited|
|9||Wander Continental Flyer Private Limited|
|10||Climec lab Private Limited|
|11||ProPlant Foods Private Limited|
|12||Meukron Technologies Private Limited|
|13||Xfinito Biodesigns Private Limited|
|14||Life and Limb Private Limited|
|15||NadiPulse Prognostics Private Limited|
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