SIIC IIT Kanpur announces cohort of 15 innovative startups for the NIRMAN Accelerator program

● SIIC IIT Kanpur with support from the Department of Science & Technology launched the NIRMAN Accelerator Program on 21st July 2022.

● A total of 15 startups are shortlisted by the expert evaluation committee that will be on-boarded under the cohort.

Kanpur: The Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC), the technology business incubator at IIT Kanpur, has announced the cohort of 15 startups under the NIRMAN Accelerator Program supported by the Department of Science and Technology. The Program was launched by SIIC on 21st July, 2022 for startups in the healthcare and agriculture domain. The program aims to support manufacturing startups to help them overcome the common challenges across the prototype and market entry phase in the respective domains.

After a successful campaign, the program received 94 applications from startups across India in the listed domains. Out of these applications, an internal evaluation committee at SIIC selected a total of 35 startup applications for an external evaluation round. A total of 15 startups in the HealthTech and AgriTech domains made it to the final list of cohort under the program.

The fifteen startups from the cohort under the program are as follows:

· LCB Fertilizers Private Limited
· Saptkrishi Scientific Private Limited
· BomLife Private Limited
· Polycycling Solutions Private Limited
· Surobhi AgroIndustries Private Limited
· Primary Healthtech Private Limited
· Lenek Technologies Private Limited
· Aana Crop Solutions Private Limited
· Wander Continental Flyer Private Limited
· Climec lab Private Limited
· ProPlant Foods Private Limited
· Meukron Technologies Private Limited
· Xfinito Biodesigns Private Limited
· Life and Limb Private Limited
· NadiPulse Prognostics Private Limited

Commenting on the announcement of the cohort, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur, said, “At IIT Kanpur, maintaining a robust startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem has always been a priority. SIIC has been leading in realising that vision of the institute. This NIRMAN Accelerator Program, supported by DST, caters to two vital sectors – healthcare and agriculture. I believe the program will expedite the journey from prototype-to-market of startups developing cutting-edge, technology-driven innovations in these critical areas. I congratulate the selected cohort and we are indeed grateful to the Department of Science and Technology for lending us their support to execute this significant program of critical relevance.”

Prof. Ankush Sharma, Professor-in-charge, Incubation and Innovation, IIT Kanpur, commented on the successful completion of on-boarding startups under the NIRMAN Accelerator Program, “The NIRMAN Accelerator Program has tremendous potential to enhance the development journey of startups working in the manufacturing sector – which is a need of the time. These 15 startups have been shortlisted after a thorough examination. We look forward to hosting this cohort during the course of this program, with their visionary technology solutions. I am thankful to DST for giving us this opportunity to extend our expertise and creative thinking with this prestigious program.”

The 15 startups selected under the cohort will be on-boarded in a six-month-long rigorous program that will unpack the principles for product growth, engineering acceleration, navigating through the compliances, and leading to the next stage of growth. These Startups will receive the necessary support to accelerate their product journey from lab to market under the program. The best-performing startup from the cohort will also receive a cash award of up to INR 10 Lakhs and funding support of INR 50 Lakhs at the end of the program.

The previously executed Accelerator Program by SIIC has graduated a notable number of startups that have leveraged significant last-mile impact, including Phool.co, E-Spin Nanotech, NOCCARC Robotics, and Acquafront Infrastructure Private Limited.

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