Thiruvananthapuram, July 2: Ideas may look vague while they remain on paper. But the startups taking part in the Global Impact Challenge (GIC) at the Technopark here are confident of giving them concrete shapes and positively impacting lives of millions.
True to their social commitment, 25 startups from different states participating in the event pitched riveting ideas in diverse sectors ranging from Environment, Education to Healthcare.
The India GIC, which commenced at Technopark here on Monday, is jointly organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) and the US-based Singularity University (SU). It aims at inspiring startups to find solutions to address global challenges in learning, healthcare and environment sectors.
Clensta International Pvt. Ltd, a Delhi-based startup, helps people take a bath or wash hair without even a single drop of precious water. Thus it makes personal hygiene possible for everyone anywhere.
Another Delhi-based startup, Brun Health Pvt. Ltd, offers the first of its kind pregnancy monitoring solutions that can create an ecosystem ensuring better outcome during childbirth.
Moving a step further, Kerala-based ‘I Love 9 Months,’ led by a three-member all- woman team, is dedicated to antenatal and postpartum wellness. According to its founder Anjali, they work towards empowering women to make the right choices during their pregnancy and after.
“We believe that every woman deserves the right to know how best to take care of her body and mind during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum,” she said.
In environment segment, Maharshtra-based Biome’s idea is to manufacture an organic air purifier to improve the quality of ambient air and provide nutritious algae biomass as by product.
'EasyKrishi' from Karnataka offers a technology that helps farmers save money while buying agriculture inputs and selling produce. It provides a mobile-based aggregation platform for credit facilitation and entrepreneurial interventions for marginal farmers.
There are also participants from Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Telengana. Genrobotics; Valley Labs; Inforich Technology Solutions; and Navalt Solar and Electric Boats are some of the participants from Kerala.
The boot camp of the event was launched on the opening day and the finale will be held on July 7. The pitch day is scheduled on July 6.
The KSUM has selected 25 finalists belonging to different states from the applicants, which include 11 in healthcare, 8 in environment and 6 in education.
On the final day, the best idea will be selected and taken for the SU Incubation programme that lasts for nine weeks.
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