Thirty innovation-led start-ups were recognized and felicitated on June 3 under the 10th year of the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme, which provides the much needed handholding and business development support to upcoming start-ups. The innovation awards were given away by Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog. This program started as a unique public private partnership initiated in 2007 between Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Indo-US S&T Forum; FICCI; Stanford Graduate School of Business; IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin and TiE Silicon Valley.
Resonating with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “start-up India” call, the program has been a pioneering initiative that has supported more than 400 innovators, start-ups with in-depth technology commercialization training and handholding support to commercialize and scale their ventures in India and across the world, particularly in the United States. The programme has facilitated access to capital, industry partnerships and resources sought by the entrepreneurs. An impact assessment by Ernst and Young highlighted that the participating companies have generated economic wealth of over US$ 800 Million and have provided employment across different areas such as finance, strategy, operations and marketing.
The 30 innovations are: Catheter reprocessing system- an innovative computer aided catheter; LED tube light with lamp-integrated detachable driver– a detachable driver that improves life of the tube light to match with LEDs by 3 times with self-serviceability; Chakr– a device that can be coupled to the exhaust of diesel engines and thus captures the soot coming out of it; Novel cell culture technology using torocell disposable bioreactor system; Real-time fog removal from videos in application to safety and surveillance; TycheeJuno’s BPPC technology (Burst Preventive Puncture Curative)– a multi-chambered tubeless tyre with a mix of sealant, coolant and balancer to take care of puncture in tread and side wall; Microwave sintering of ceramics; CliniOps: Tablet based eSource/EDC for clinical trials; Easy position/ Easy fix medical stirrups; FlexiOH™: A breathable, washable and light-weight cast immobilization technology for fractured bones; Monitoring transmission lines using UAV, imagery sensors and data analytics; mAPD – Wearable alternate kidney, a safe affordable anytime/anywhere CAPD dialysis device; BioAVert I: Building disease resistance & health-care system for crops; 5 axis precision CNC co-ordinate measuring machine XT 400; Renewable bio-fuel production from chicken slaughter waste; Prophylactic cold chain free vaccination by silk nanoparticle reinforced self-microneedle patches; Pupil expansion device- Bhattacharjee pupil expansion ring; Design of microfluidic system for controlled drug delivery; Mobile brick making machine (BMM); Microbial colorants: The future of natural colorants; Simple low cost processing of titanium foam for skeletal tissue reunion; SpeedLink – High speed internet by merging multiple heterogeneous mobile networks; Cervical spacer for reducing radiation dosage on critical organs during brachytherapy treatment; Transforming personal health through data analytics; Automated portable microscope for malaria detection; N+2level noise suppressor/ thrust augmenter for turbojet engines; Tellmate, a wearable computer vision device in the form of glasses for Visually Impaired Person; Oxygen enrichment unit for medical application basedon hollow fiber membrane technology; Smart sensor based E-weed control; High fidelity CFD simulation software