NATIONAL BIO ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION (NBEC) – 2019
- organized by C-CAMP ON BEHALF OF DBT, Government of India, with WIN FOUNDATION as CATEGORY PARTNER FOR THE DOMAINS OF (I) WATER AND SANITATION AND (II) MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
- Period : 1st August 2019 to 14th December 2019
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), Bangalore, conducted the 3rd Edition of NBEC, from the 1st of August to 14th December, 2019. The objective of the competition is to identify ideas that have business potential and societal impact. NBEC, thus, serves as a forum to amplify bio-entrepreneurship across the country.
The competition received nearly 3000 applications from across the. Following the regional qualifiers, 67 business ideas were shortlisted for the Boot Camp held between 11-13 December in Bengaluru. The rigorous jury evaluations on 13th and 14th saw tough competition among promising startups leading to selection of final winners.
As category partner for (i) Water and Sanitation and (ii) Maternal and Child Health, WIN Foundation participated in early evaluation and then jury rounds, and sponsored the category awards.
NEBC – 2019 – PRIZE WINNERS
- Start-up name: Alcheme
Subdomain: Water & Sanitation
Founders : Prof. Prabhu Rajagopal Professor, IIT Madras and Mr. Divanshu Kumar
Robotic solution for homogenisation of contents, intervention, and cleaning in septic tanks. Alcheme is developing HomeSEP, a robotic solution for homogenizing and breaking the sludge in the restricted space of septic tank. The key features of HomeSEP include: intrinsic safety, minimalistic design with reduced number of moving parts, modularity to cater to variable sizes of septic tanks and an expandable compact architecture, with low carbon-footprint. The solution is also designed to be cost-effective and easy to operate. HomeSEP will help in overcoming the practice of manual scavenging, provide the sanitary workers with a dignified and healthy way to provide services, and thus create a large societal impact.
- Start-up name: Blackfrog Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Date of incorporation: 04 November 2015
Biotech subdomain: Maternal & Child Health (MCH); Medical Devices
Founder: Mr. Mayur Shetty CEO, Blackfrog Technologies
Portable and battery powered medical grade refrigerator for vaccine transport: Blackfrog has developed Emvólio- a portable, battery-powered refrigeration device that will strictly maintain any pre-set temperature for up to 12 hours for last-mile transport of vaccines. Further device capabilities will include continuous temperature monitoring, location tracking, state of charge indication, and communication with headquarters via live tracking and vital statistics. The device is meant for use in typical day-long immunization campaigns, where the healthcare workers take vaccines to the field and bring back the left-overs at the end of the day for reuse/disposal. Through this device, Blackfrog seeks to (i) reduce risk of vaccine becoming ineffective or unsafe, (ii) reduce the economic burden of wasted vaccines and (iii) optimize human resources in vaccine delivery by nullifying the need for repeated immunization visits to account for the administering of ineffective vaccines.
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