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Satyukt: Analysing satellite data to improve crop yield, conserve water
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Early October, Nabventures, the venture growth equity fund of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) and Social Alpha agreed to invest USD 500,000 (around Rs 3.7 crore) as seed funding in Satyukt Analytics. The satellite data analytics startup had earned the distinction of being “one of the few...
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Saaf Biogas: Clean energy on the go
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It’s a no-brainer that the reputation of Saaf Biogas is powered by clean energy. The little-over-a year-old startup, based in Bengaluru, has recently bagged a prestigious contract with a premier aerospace company to set up a biogas plant at their factory in North Karnataka. Saaf is going to transform their...
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Techtonic: In search of out-of-the-box solutions for waste management
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Our cities are drowning in waste; so are our rivers, lakes and oceans. And despite the health hazards it poses, trash is ubiquitous because of our consumptive lifestyle. Our attitude towards waste also finds reflection in the way waste pickers eke out a living in wretched conditions. With existing practices...
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BleeTV: Leveraging sign language and digital technology to empower the deaf
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How many people can capitalise on a failed initiative? That too in a field neglected by policymakers, entrepreneurs, and the society at large? When a smartwear for the deaf didn’t take off, the 20-something founders of Bleetech Innovations, Janhavi Joshi and Nupura Kirloskar, saw an even smarter way to help...
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Kamal Kisan: Empowering marginal farmers with smart, mechanised tools
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Given her background, many would call Devi Murthy’s foray into agriculture, fortuitous. For an engineer with a management degree from IIM, whose family business is automotive parts manufacturing, the challenges and plight of farmers were far removed from her immediate environment. Had it not been for a fun project on...
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Navgurukul coders shine amid jobs nightmare
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Twenty kilometres from Pune, a part of a college building is bustling with activity as it prepares to host over 200 girls from different parts of the country. They are coming in batches due to quarantine compulsions induced by the pandemic. It’s Navgurukul’s third residential training centre and the second...
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Trashing the stereotypes: Hasiru Dala is empowering waste pickers to become entrepreneurs
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Our portfolio company Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited is a Waste Management enterprise that focuses on economic justice to create access to markets and predictable livelihoods for waste pickers while delivering environmental impact. Its not-for-profit arm also works on social justice, including identity rights of waste pickers, education for their...
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Pashu Bajaar: Goats on a click
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  Munni Devi was resigned to a life of deprivation. As a farm labourer on the outskirts of Lucknow, the earnings were meagre. She also had to take care of two grandchildren. Three years back, she became a pashu sakhi (friend of livestock) after receiving training. Since then she has been earning...
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AiSteth: Smart stethoscope that will let you ‘see’ heart sounds
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Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally resulting in the loss of around 17.9 million lives every year. In India, at least 2.8 million people died in 2016 alone due to CVDs. To add to the existing burden, patients with CVD are at a high risk of...
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Mocxa: Unlocking the future of epilepsy diagnosis
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Prakash Agarwal’s life is currently balanced on a knife-edge. The 14-year-old from Nagpur has experienced two grand mal seizures over the past six months. Doctors suspect epilepsy and advised him to undergo Video-EEG or electroencephalogram test to chart his brain’s electrical activity. A year has passed since an appointment for...
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