India launches 15 challenges for Indian startups and MSMEs to solve for a grant of ₹50 lakh each
- The Indian government has launched 15 challenges for Indian MSMEs and Indian startups to solve for a grant of ₹50 lakh each.
- Government think tank NITI Aayog announced three challenges each across five ministries, and each challenge will have two winners.
- Only projects which are in advanced stages of research and development or have an initial prototype will be selected.
- The ₹50 lakh grant will be distributed in three tranches.
Five ministries — the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),
“The MSME sector plays a very critical role. It’s a vibrant sector, it’s one of the fastest growing sectors and it plays a critical role in Atma Nirbhar Bharat which is being envisioned by the honorable PM,” said R Ramanan, the mission director of the
He explained that each challenge will have two winners, each eligible for a grant of up to ₹50 lakh, which will be given in three tranches. Only projects which are in advanced stages of research and development or have an initial prototype will be selected.
- Propulsion: Green propellants, electric propulsion and advanced air-breathing.
- Geo spatial information: Using ML/AI useful in crop monitoring, weather forecasting, and program evaluations.
- Robotics/AR/VR: To support space exploration and outer space monitoring.
- AI-based predictive models: AI-based predictive maintenance of plant machinery.
- Auto stabiliser system: Design and development of latest technology auto stabiliser system as form, fit & function (FFF) replacement of existing auto stabiliser system.
- Communication modems: Wide band HD data communication modem with 4G automatic link establishment data throughputs of the order of 120 kbps.
- Waste to wealth: Effective utilisation of commercial food processing industry waste streams.
- Alternative food packaging materials: Against the use of single use plastic — materials from food waste to bio-sources.
- Machines for indigenous food products: Optimised processing conditions and machinery for bulk production of native Indian products.
- Health data analytics: Use of data analytics to identify early breakout of epidemics based on the historic curve and data.
- AI solutions: AI-based solutions for antimicrobials resistance (AMR) surveillance.
- Health care monitoring: Monitoring the logistics of cold chains in immunisation program.
- Project water: Water pressure sensing systems to monitor leakage, illegal activity and help manage planned pressure in water supply lines.
- Project clean air: Development of smart technology to reduce pollution through construction dust by at least 25%.
- Project move: Development of usable smart technology to create a real-time mobility decision support system for Indian cities.
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