I am happy to have been invited for being one of the juries for the “sprint” sessions of Tamil Nadu Innovation Grand Challenge (TNIGC), an initiative by Tamil Nadu Government’s Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute (EDII) to support ideas of budding startups and to provide a seed money of Rs. 5 Lakhs for each of the winning team. It was a privilege to share the jury duty with leaders of the startup ecosystem in the city – Balram Nair of The Chennai Angels, Dorai Thodla of iMorph Innovation Centre and Ranjith Melarkode of SPI Cinemas.

During the “sprint” sessions of Tamil Nadu Innovation Grand Challenge (TNIGC) 2019. Picture courtesy: Smiley Media.

Pitches being made by various teams during TNIGC 2019. Picture courtesy: Smiley Media.

The whole day of pitches by nearly 20 startups was exhilarating, the passion each of the founders exhibited was infectious and my best wishes to all of them who got shortlisted (video) to the next rounds and to win the finals.

WisOpt (Video) Education Disrupting the way organisation learn and hire powered by AI.
Estreetz Manufacturing Redefining connections (people, machines, internet).
GAEA (Video) Agriculture GAEA a Digital Agri-Ecosystem.
Carpro Technologies (Video) Agriculture Innovative dehydrator helps farmers for their drying needs
Modulus housing Manufacturing Modulus Housing works on new age mobile housing.
Cambrionics Life Science (Video) Education Making biology available for all.
LEPoCUBE AssisTech Logistics Affordable Assistive Technology Devices for People with Disabilities (PwD)
Thedush Manufacturing Autonomous cleaner robots
WeThe5Pilots Research Labs Logistics Aero-science based startup who are interested in Aerodynamics and Structural Dynamics.
Artro Energy Smart Cities Improving the performance of the solar plant with its data analytics software
Tan90 Agriculture Democratizing cold storage logistics by making a modular cooling solution
Kodate Education Adaptive learning based assessment platform for school children
MADIEE (Video) Education Inspiring Learning, by shifting it from blackboard to gameboard

Selfie with the jury and the organisers

The event was very well organised by the team from EDII – The Director, Deputy Director (R Shiva Shankar, IES), Abinash M Mudaliyar & Dhanush Ram S. The facility at Cowrks, RMZ Millennia Business park, Perungudi was world-class.

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