GUWAHATI: Aimed at accelerating indigenous innovations through incubation of affordable, accessible and acceptable solutions, the programme offers an opportunity for innovators across India to bring breakthrough ideas to market in areas such as technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, healthcare, water, energy, life sciences, civic issues, infrastructure, biotechnology, communications including automotive, enterprise and space technology. The India Innovation Growth Programme 2019, aimed at developing entrepreneurship in India was launched by Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industries and Commerce in Guwahati on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anita Gupta, adviser and associate programme head of innovation, entrepreneurship, Department Science & Technology, Government of India, said, “With the government’s commitment towards building a young start-up nation, India is rightly poised to drive the next entrepreneurship wave. To ensure success a conducive ecosystem is needed that not only nurtures creativity and innovation but also provides market opportunities to the new genre of entrepreneurs. India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0 with the support of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Lockheed Martin and Tata Trust is one of its kind collaborative initiatives in the country that provides the much needed hand-holding, business development and funding support to budding start-ups.” The 2018 edition of IIGP 2.0 saw social and industrial entrepreneurs winning funding for their innovative ideas. Under the social innovation category products such as affordable mastectomy kit, unique radiation dryer for rice harvesting, low-cost poll assessment solution to learning outcomes, handheld devices for visually impaired, device for self-screening for cervical cancer, micro-surgery and robotic system for cleaning sewers and manholes received funding.
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