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Kolhapur, Maharashtra: The Kolhapur Innovation Challenge 2021 received over 600+ entries in its first-ever round of call for applications. Kolhapur Innovation Challenge was launched by Kolhapur Startup Mission, co-powered by the Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre, IIT Kanpur and Kolhapur Incubation Center (KIC), with the support of DY Patil Education Group. Kolhapur Startup Mission (KSM) will bring startups & innovators on the same platform as administrators for solving the civic issues in Kolhapur city. In the 3 rounds of selection process, a committee of experts have evaluated each solution from various parameters and 15 startups have been shortlisted from 60 entries shortlisted for the round-3.
KSM will award the selected startups & innovators up to INR 5.0 Lakhs to implement their technology and services in Kolhapur district through KIC. Each selected startup and innovator will be also get support from SIIC IIT Kanpur in the co-incubation program with KIC. In the current call for application, the focus areas are some of the most critical civic issues for Kolhapur - Water Management, Waste Management, Air Quality Management, Education, Public Health, E-governance, Agriculture, Mobility & Transportation. The call for applications was open from 15th January to 31st January, where any Indian startup & innovator could apply.
In an overwhelming response to the call for application, Kolhapur Startup Mission received 600+ entries nationwide. Innovators pitched solutions grounded in civic tech, leveraging their expertise to address issues panning domains such as Mobility & Transportation, Water Management, and Waste Management. Innovations were pitched both by startups who already had a product or an implementable solution ready and student innovators with solutions at the ideation stage.
After three rounds of the selection process, 15 best-suited projects have been selected for making the final presentation to a jury via video conferencing on 2 nd March. The names of winners will be announced on the same day. The result has been announced on KSM & SIIC's social media accounts.
Dr Nikhil Agarwal, CEO, SIIC IIT Kanpur commented, “I am glad to see such an enthusiastic response to our initiative from startups and innovators across India. Some of the solutions offered by innovators from Kolhapur are in the final 15 shortlist. This is a great testimony to our belief that there is no lack of innovation in Indian minds.”
Hon'ble Minister of State for Information & Technology (Govt of Maharashtra) Satej Patil applauded the enthusiasm shown by young minds to solve Kolhapur's civic issues. "It's heartening to see the number & quality of response received for Kolhapur Innovation Challenge. Every city, every district & every village of India faces it's unique problem and we are happy to embrace innovative solutions to solve them at grassroot level. Through Kolhapur Startup Mission, we aim at implementing some of the most effective solutions in our city to enhance the quality of life for Kolhapur citizens. We shall provide all the support to the startups to test & Integrate their solution in our vision to make Kolhapur a model city for India."
About Kolhapur Startup Mission:
Kolhapur Startup Mission is an initiative by Kolhapur Incubation Center & DY Patil Group to develop and enhance the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in Kolhapur. Kolhapur Startup Mission (KSM) is devoted to providing support to innovators and entrepreneurs from all industries, of any stage, throughout their entrepreneurial journey.
About Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC), IIT Kanpur
Startups and social enterprises are widely regarded as the key to addressing developmental challenges, especially in emerging economies such as India. With path breaking innovation brewing at incubate startups, SIIC IIT Kanpur aims to create impact at the bottom of the pyramid. Established in the year 2000, Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC), IIT Kanpur is one of the oldest technology business incubators with many successes under its belt. The multifaceted, vibrant incubation ecosystem nurtured over a period of 2 decades aims to fill all the gaps that exist on the road to convert an idea into business. SIIC has developed the experience base and ecosystem that become key ingredients in the development of early-stage, technology-focused start-ups disrupting paradigms across the domains such as agriculture, healthcare, aerospace, energy, water, and education.