Tech company Intel India’s plugin programme ‘Intel India Maker Lab’ – which held its demo day in October 2017 at its Bengaluru campus, has featured 12 startups that were part of its 2nd accelerator programme.
The ‘Intel India Maker Lab’ – set up about two years back, is a collaborative incubation program between Intel India, Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT-Bombay, and Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, aimed at addressing challenges faced by hardware companies in product development and commercialization, ultimately helping them in their concept to product journey.
As part of the initiative, these startups leveraged the incubation facilities and mentoring resources at Intel India Maker Lab in Bengaluru and SINE, IIT, Bombay to develop products in the areas of transportation, smart home, industrial automation, healthcare, and entertainment across key technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things (IOT), and Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR).
Speaking on the development, Jitendra Chaddah, Senior Director, Strategic Development & Operations, Intel India said, “Intel India has been at the forefront of amplifying hardware and systems innovation & entrepreneurship in India. It’s tremendously gratifying to see these startups from the second batch of Intel India Maker Lab showcasing exciting products and solutions that are relevant for the society. Moreover, the collaboration with DST and SINE, IIT-Bombay in this journey has been hugely enriching and I am confident these experiences will help us enable more such success stories.”
During the Program, the startups received access to state-of-the-art labs, mentorship from 50+ technology and business experts, technology platforms from Intel India and SINE-IIT Bombay and had opportunities to network with a wide range of ecosystem players like accelerators and VCs.
Dr Anita Gupta, Director and Associate Head Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DST, Government of India, said, “The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Intel India have been collaborating over ten years in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in India. Furthering that commitment, we started the Plugin Program, a first-of-its-kind government-industry-academia collaborative initiative for hardware and systems startups, last year. It’s truly exciting to see the first batch of very promising startups coming out of this initiative with most of them having their products ready across key technology areas like IOT, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality.”
The 12 startups were shortlisted out of 250 startups which applied for the accelerator programme. Out of these 12 startups, four have market-ready products, five have completed product development and three have proof-of-concepts ready.
Four Startups With Market Ready Products
1) Startup: Afresh Technology Solutions
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2014 by Diptesh Mukherjee and Pradipto Bose.
Startup Description: The startup’s direct-to-wall printing helps print colorful motifs of any size directly on the walls with remarkable resolution and finesse meant to last for a decade. This device may be used in conjunction with the graphics simulator to achieve a perfectly customized wall mural or may take inputs of ad hoc designs provided by the customer. The device is designed to be assembled or disassembled quickly with minimal effort so that it can be transported easily and can be assembled to print on site.
2) Startup: Bharati Robotics Systems
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2015 by Debashis Das
Startup Description: The company offers a fully autonomous Industrial Floor Cleaning Robots Series which moves all over the facility on its own and cleans the floor to the finest dirt sending regular reports, at the touch of smartphone command.
3) Startup: Linkeddots Engineering Solutions
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2015 by Devaraj Srinivasan.
Startup Description: Linkeddots offers smart tags, smart readers, and smart tracking systems and SMACS that can be easily customized for Small & Medium Enterprises.
4) Startup: Redcherry Engineering
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2016 by Kuldip Kamat and Dr. Shiva Gopalakrishnan
Startup Description: Redcherry’s Smart IoT solutions allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems.
Five Startups With Completion Of Product Development (Pre-Market Release)
5) Startup: Ayata Intelligence
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2016 by Shreyas Upasane, Rahul Karunakaran, Arpit Jain and Sanchit Agrawal.
Startup Description: Ayata Intelligence uses machine learning and IoT to give a holistic understanding of the environment and subsequently process it into audio/tactile cues to aid differently-abled people in tasks such as navigation, object placement/manipulation etc.
6) Startup: Aperion Mobility
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2016 by Giridhar Raju.
Startup Description: Aperion Mobility offers a sustainable mobility (transportation) solution for all kinds of business cargo mobility applications (2 Wheeler). The product is a purpose-built cargo bike meant for carrying rider and cargo in various swappable configurations. The applications could be food delivery, last mile retail e-commerce delivery, last mile courier, app-based laundry, home services and more.
7) Startup: Bleetech Innovations
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2015 by Janhavi Joshi.
Startup Description: A new SmartWatch designed especially for hearing impaired individuals. Blee can listen to the environment and notify the user about all the sound alerts with vibrations, colors and icons. It can speak out words or sentences to the user.
8) Startup: Fraggingmonk Technologies
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2014 by Vaibhav Shetty.
Startup Description: The Fraggingmonk VR vest is a lightweight wearable VR system that leverages Intel integrated graphics for custom untethered AR and VR solutions.
9) Startup: Revsmart Technologies
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2016 by Sunder Jagannathan.
Startup Description: Revsmart Technologies offers Ride Assistant System for two-wheelers. The devices fit the bike and offer the smart and connected experience to two-wheeler riders.
Startups With Prototype
10) Startup: Epocare
Startup Description: Epocare offers a smart handheld portable device for real-time wound analysis. The device eliminates the need for existing invasive techniques and helps monitor microvascular blood flow, oxygen saturation, and melanin absorption.
11) Startup: Udiyate Technologies
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2016 by Chinmayananda Padhya.
Startup Description: Udiyate Technologies has built an IoT-based tea vending machine which makes personalized authentic tea with a click of the button.
12) Startup: Magveh Energy Recovery Systems
Founder(s)/Founded In: The startup was founded in 2016 by Rahul Kumar.
Startup Description: Magveh Energy Recovery Systems is focused on the development of Suspension Energy Recovery System (SERS) for commercial vehicles. It harnesses the energy dissipated from the motion of the vehicle and uses it to power hybrid/electric vehicles.