The Pitching Session to select Start-Ups under ONGC Start-Up Fund was held recently at IIT Bombay. The Start-Ups made presentations to the Steering Committee.
ONGC has launched the ‘ONGC Start-Up Fund’ on August 14, 2016. ONGC, SINE and IIT Mumbai entered into a MoU to work together for incubating innovative ideas and business Start-Ups in the Energy Sector at the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) of IIT Bombay.
The Steering Committee, constituted for the purpose comprising of Shashi Shanker, Director (T&FS), ONGC (Chairman, Steering Committee), AK Srinivasan, Director (Finance), ONGC, Prof. Dr. Milind Atrey, Program In charge SINE (Co-Chair, Steering Committee) and Prof. Dr. SB Kedare, IIT Bombay and other members.
ONGC had received nearly 2900 applications on its website. After two rounds of screening, thirty-one applicants were shortlisted and invited for the Pitching Session. The proposals were in the areas of Exploration & Production of Oil & Gas, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Under Water Robotics, Solar Energy, Waste to Energy, etc. which were presented during the pitching session. It is envisaged that the successful Start-Ups shall be incubated at SINE, IIT Mumbai from July 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Director (T&FS) appreciated the applicants for such an overwhelming response to ONGC Start-Up Scheme. He said that ONGC is committed to foster new ideas in energy sector and promote entrepreneurship among the Indian youth and to promote business Start-Ups in energy sector.
Professor Dr Milind Atrey appreciated ONGC for bringing the ONGC Start-Up Fund Incubation program to IIT Mumbai and said that IIT Mumbai shall enhance its infrastructure for more such incubation at IIT Mumbai.
ONGC launched the Rs. 100 crore Start-up fund on its Diamond Jubilee year to foster, nurture and incubate new ideas related to oil and gas sector. The initiative, christened as
‘ONGC Start-up’, is in line with the Government’s initiative ‘Start-up India’. As part of this initiative, ONGC is providing the entire support chain for start-ups including seed capital, hand-holding, mentoring, market linkage and follow-ups. The aim of ‘ONGC Start-up’ is to increase the contribution of fresh implementable ideas in the oil and gas sector.
“Start-up India” is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to build a strong eco-system for nurturing Start-ups in India. The vision of the Government is to energize the “Start-Up” revolution in India.
ONGC has joined the mission and endeavors to provide support to worthy Ideas, innovation, products and processes, through funding, incubation support and nurturing.