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This startup set up by 21-year-olds tracks dead satellites and ‘space junk’

Digantara, a company incubated at Indian Insitute of Science (IISc), aims to combat the growing problem of space debris by developing India’s first space-based surveillance platform
Since the start of the space age in the 1950s, thousands of rockets and satellites have been launched into the orbit. This has resulted in an increased risk of collision due to the accumulation of space junk or debris, which includes thousands of dead satellites, along with bits of debris from all the rockets orbiting our planet.

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These aerospace experts are building drones to save accident victims’ lives

Their drones can reach accident site quickly, carrying an ‘active blood control kit’ that bystanders can administer to the victim with help from medical professionals connected digitally via the drone.While working at defence organisations such as Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Abhishek Burman played a key role in the design and development of India’s combat aircraft programmes..

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Bengaluru startup bags ITU award for rural broadband & 5G tech

Though the COVID-19 pandemic affected all the sectors. Many startups saw it as an opportunity to recalibrate and revive themselves. Despite initial setbacks, it seems that the startups are on a recovery path. As per market estimates, startup funding is gradually returning to 91 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels and about 75 per cent of Indian startups are on the road to recovery. Many feel that these numbers can be attributed to the flexibility of startups to adapt and solve challenges. As per the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) findings of the Start-up Pulse survey II, titled “…

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Start-ups from IISc, IITs tweak their innovations to address Covid crisis

Tucked away in a corner of Indian Institute of Science’s (IISc) verdant campus in Bengaluru is the Society for Innovation and Development (SID), an incubator which aims to commercialise innovations with the potential to directly impact society.This year, it has been helping deep-science and tech start-ups fight coronavirus.

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The future of learning is co-creation’ – 25 quotes of the week on digital transformation

Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week. This special series of quotes focuses on the increasing impact of digital media in India and around the world (see the previous post here). Share these 25 gems and insights with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights..

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Six startups at Indian Institute of Science get CSR funds from US conglomerate Honeywell

Six deep science startups at the Society for Innovation and Development (SID), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), got a boost as they are now supported financially by US-based conglomerate Honeywell.
The decision was announced on Tuesday by the President, Honeywell India,Akshay Bellare, and Chief Executive, Society for Innovation and Development (SID), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) B Gurumoorthy.

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IISc, Honeywell to build startups

Tech major Honeywell on Tuesday announced that it has partnered with the Society for Innovation and Development (SID) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to support deep science startups with societal impact.The tech major said in a statement that its partnership with SID opens up opportunities to support startup ventures working on science and technology projects

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These aerospace experts are building drones to save accident victims’ iives

While working at defence organisations such as Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Abhishek Burman played a key role in the design and development of India’s combat aircraft programmes.Now as director and chief executive officer at General Aeronautics (GA), Burman and his team are building drones for saving lives. His startup, which was incubated..

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Startups on road to recovery as funding returns, customers adapt

Though the COVID-19 pandemic affected all the sectors. Many startups saw it as an opportunity to recalibrate and revive themselves. Despite initial setbacks, it seems that the startups are on a recovery path. As per market estimates, startup funding is gradually returning to 91 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels and about 75 per cent of Indian startups are on the road to recovery. Many feel that these numbers can be attributed to the flexibility of startups to adapt and solve challenges. As per the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) findings of the Start-up Pulse survey II, titled “…

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Appification of space is a chance to leverage a big shift to unlock value. VCs and Isro take note.

The business of space is where the Internet was in the 1990s. India has an opportunity to move fast and unleash creativity and entrepreneurship in a market that is still young. However, for that to happen, venture capitalists and the government need to develop long-term vision and take more risks…

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IStartup Circle: How Digantara, set up by a 22-year-old, is solving the problem of space debris

Digantara, India’s first aerospace company, is developing an in-orbit device that will track and monitor debris in space. With countries and companies world over launching space exploration missions, the problem of space junk has become huge…

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IISc Co working on in-orbit sat kill tech to aid defence forces

BENGALURU: More than a year after India demonstrated its first anti-satellite missile tech that could kill satellites using interceptors launched from ground, a startup (Digantara India) incubated at IISc’s Society for Innovation and Development (SID) has begun work on counter-space technology that can disable enemy satellites using in-orbit lasers…

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2 IISc’s incubated startups win National startup awards

BENGALURU: Two startups incubated at the Society of Innovation and Development (SID), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have won national awards at the government of India led “National Startup Awards 2020” in the categories of best space and women-led startups respectively.While Bellatrix Aerospace won the award in the space category, Azooka Labs bagged the women-led startup award…

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From research to rollout: How IISc’s Society for Innovation and Development (SID) supports Deep Science startups

CS Murali is the Chairman of STEM Cell, SID (Society for Innovation and Development), at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He was earlier the Chief of Corporate Affairs at Cognizant Technology Solutions; Operating Partner at Connect Capital Ventures; Chief Operating Officer at HP Globalsoft; and President and CEO of LEC (India) Software Centre…

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ET Startup Awards 2020: Bellatrix Aerospace wins the Best on Campus award

Bellatrix Aerospace, founded by Rohan Ganapathy and Yashas Karanam, is the first startup in India that has begun working on technology development with The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) incubated startup is also the only domestic enterprise working on electric propulsion, key to replacing conventional engines on satellites. These manoeuvre the satellites in orbit. For decades, the engines have been powered by hydrazine, a toxic and carcinogenic chemical that requires very sensitive handling…

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Race for space: Startups take to the sky with satellites, rocket engine

As a child how many of us had looked up at the sky and wondered what happened there? However, getting to space has largely been the preserve of governmental agencies. In India, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has ably carried the aspirations of a billion plus people to reach to the stars and recent missions like Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan have created huge excitement. Mangalyaan became so famous that the story was turned into a movie and an OTT series! And now with the Government announcing that they were opening…

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Nokia To Set Up Robotics Lab At IISc To Boost Socially Relevant Use Cases

Nokia recently announced that it will collaborate with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), to establish the Nokia Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Networked Robotics.The robotics facility, which aligns with the government’s ‘Startup India’ initiative aims to promote research in areas such as robotics and AI to solve socially relevant use cases across areas such as emergency management, agriculture and industrial automation. The state-of-the-art network robotics laboratory will be available to the IISc community to work on the AI projects…

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IISc-incubated startup develops Covid-19 diagnostic kit

The test kit, based on Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), the gold standard for Covid-19 diagnosis, has been approved for use in authorised Covid-19 diagnostic labs by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), according Bengaluru-based IISc.Equine Biotech, a startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit called “Global diagnostic kit” for “accurate and affordable” diagnosis of Covid-19….

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Equine Biotech, startup incubated at IISc, develops indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit

Bengaluru: Equine Biotech, a startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit called “GlobalTM diagnostic kit” for accurate and affordable diagnosis of COVID-19, an IISc press release said.The test kit, based on Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), the gold standard for COVID-19 diagnosis, has been approved for use in authorised COVID-19 diagnostic labs by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The test takes about 1.5

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Startup incubated at IISc Equine Biotech develops indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit

Equine Biotech, a startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit called “GlobalTM diagnostic kit” for accurate and affordable diagnosis of COVID-19, an IISc press release said.The test kit, based on Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), the gold standard for COVID-19 diagnosis, has been approved for use in authorised COVID-19 diagnostic labs by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The test takes about 1.5 hours to confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in patient samples, according to Utpal Tatu, Professor in the department of biochemistry, IISc, and founder of Equine Biotech…

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IISc startup develops RT-PCR test kit that delivers results in just 2 hours

In a bid to tackle COVID-19 and ramp up the number of tests being done on a daily basis, a startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has developed an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit for accurate diagnosis of COVID-19. The test kit, approved by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been authorized for use in COVID-19 diagnostic labs. Unlike other RT-PCR tests, this test takes about 1.5 hours to confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in samples. As per Utpal Tatu, professor in the Department of Biochemistry…

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IISc-Backed SID Incubator On Turning Deep Science R&D Into Viable Deeptech Startups

With the recent buzz around vaccine, drones and connected devices in healthcare, India’s deeptech startups and the deep science segment within the deeptech ecosystem have risen in prominence
In the last six to seven months, about eight to 10 startups have been working towards providing solutions for Covid-19, said CS Murali, pointing at how some of these startups leveraged underlying technology to solve the pandemic crisis…

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Spacetech startups are ready to take off in India

Investors, who have placed bets on space startups, believe that the time for space tech is ripe now, driven by tailwinds that include proliferation of micro-satellites, reduced launch costs, and the need for more real-time deep intelligence Investors such as Blume Ventures, StartupXCeed and Inflexor Ventures, who have placed bets on space startups, believe that the time for space tech is ripe now, driven by tailwinds that include the proliferation of micro-satellites, reduced launch costs, and the need for more real-time deep intelligence on our planet….

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Vaccines to test kits, 8 IISc startups have pandemic solutions

BENGALURU: For years, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been incubating startups that can convert lab research into products for the market. Now at least eight of the nearly 30 incubations have worked on multiple Covid innovations. “Overall incubation activity has improved,” CS Murali, chairman, SID, said. “While it is heartening to see so many young minds striving to innovate, what makes us and the institute proud is also the fact that they bring so many scalable technologies to the table. And, we are happy to see that at least eight of our startups have either already developed solutions for Covid-19 or are developing solutions that will soon be market-ready.”…

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Bengaluru’s IISc is helping startups fight the virus

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone the spotlight on the world’s leading academic institutions, which have been at the forefront in the fight against Covid-19. Take the University of Oxford in the U.K. It’s under-development vaccine for Covid-19 is being keenly followed and, if successful, could be a game changer.
Back home in India, the country’s premier science institute, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, is also mobilising its talent, resources and funds to fight the pandemic, which has significantly gained momentum over the last few months…

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2 IISc’s incubated startups win National startup awards

BENGALURU: Two startups incubated at the Society of Innovation and Development (SID), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have won national awards at the government of India led “National Startup Awards 2020” in the categories of best space and women-led startups respectively.While Bellatrix Aerospace won the award in the space category, Azooka Labs bagged the women-led startup award.The first ever edition of the awards had applications from 1,640 startups across 12 sectors, which were further classified into 35 categories….

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From DRDO scientist to IIT director – meet IISc alumni award winners

Four scientists and engineers have been selected to receive the distinguished alumnus/alumna award of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). This year’s awardees are K Rajalakshmi Menon, BS Murty, Sethuraman Panchanathan, and Dr Keshab Panda.These annual awards recognise contributions made by IISc alumni to their profession, society, and the institute. The nominations received are evaluated by a committee appointed by the Director, IISc…

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Fighting Covid on many fronts

With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of abating, a slew of start-ups incubated at Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have turned their focus towards finding technology-based remedies to tackle the infection. While all of them are hopeful that they have hit upon the next big idea, it remains to be seen which of them will eventually taste success…

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India’s aerospace start-ups eye rocket launches and planetary missions

With India allowing private companies to operate within the premises of Indian Space Research Organistaion (ISRO), this is expected to create huge opportunities for the country’s fledgling aerospace start-ups. These could range from building and launching rockets and satellites to providing space services commercially and even being part of planetary exploration missions, say industry insiders…

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COVID-19 aftermath: Funding divide among Indian startups makes survival difficult; while some bag millions, others struggle

There are two extreme situations being noticed currently with regards to funding in the startup sector. While on the one hand, a handful of startups have raised millions from established and reputed names from the corporate world in the time of COVID-19, on the other hand, more than 40 percent of Indian startups and SMEs have run out of cash…

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Medical Devices Startups Look To Ride Healthtech Wave As Regulatory Barriers Lower

With the shifting market dynamics caused by Covid-19, pretty much everything is in overhaul mode. Within the burgeoning healthtech ecosystem, the medical devices market is also witnessing a dramatic shift as policies are being changed to accommodate the high demand….

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DGCA allows Zomato, Swiggy, Dunzo to start testing drone deliveries for food

It came as a welcome move when the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) gave permission to food delivery startups such as Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo to test-fly long-range drones. These companies have got the permission to start testing drones beyond the visual line of sight. It is expected that this move may make an impact on how food is delivered in India…..

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Tracking the Scourge: Diagnostics, Testing and Vaccines for COVID-19

As the country went into lockdown in March 2020, researchers at IISc turned their focus to joining the fight against the novel coronavirus, SARS CoV-2. This article delves deep into ongoing research in diagnosing and testing for COVID-19, as well as a project on vaccine development, one of the few such efforts being undertaken in the country…

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IISc-incubated mobile labs launched for Covid testing

ShanMukha Innovations, a start-up incubated at Society of Innovation and Development (SID), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has announced the launch of Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) Labs.The mobile lab is the country’s first and only ICMR-approved BSL-2+ compliant mobile diagnostic lab for end-to-end RT-PCR-based Covid-19 testing…..

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Space startup develops India’s first in-orbit space debris monitoring, tracking system: Anirudh Sharma, Co-founder and CEO of Digantara

Digiantra Research and Technology (DRT), a space tech startup founded by Lovely Professional University alumni, has been selected for the SID (Society for Innovation and Development) incubation program at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. Started by Anirudh Sharma & Rahul Rawat in 2018 from their dormitory at their university, Digantara is India’s first air and space surveillance company · The startup has received a grant of Rs 25 lakhs which will be used to develop space debris monitoring systems and the company’s expansion.

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Digantara gets Incubated by SID at IISc

Started by Anirudh Sharma & Rahul Rawat in 2018 from their dormitory at Lovely Professional University, Digantara is India’s first air and space surveillance company.The startup has received a grant of Rs 25 lakhs which will be used to develop space debris monitoring systems and the company’s expansion….

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IISc. mobile labs will be handed over to Karnataka govt. shortly

The first set of mobile laboratories designed by a team at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) is ready to be deployed and will be handed over to the State government shortly.Speaking to The Hindu days after being appointed, IISc. director Govindan Rangarajan said the faculty members were engaged in many areas of research on COVID-19. “One of our labs is working on an indigenous vaccine in collaboration with an IISc.-incubated startup….

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Covid testing vans developed by Indian Institute of Science

Indian Institute of Science, India’s premier advanced science and technological research institute has developed unique Mobile Vans for testing Covid 19 and provide accurate results, within 4 to 12 hours. An end to end testing solution called mobile infection testing and Reporting MITR has been developed at the IISc incubated startup called ShanMukha innovations…..

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How India’s Healthcare Startups Have Innovated During Covid-19

The sudden lockdown imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 posed both a challenge and opportunity for India’s healthcare startups. Restricted access to diagnostic centres meant more patients embraced online consults and solutions…

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Deep Science startups require a longer gestation period – Here’s why

STEM Cell at The Society for Innovation and Development (SID) in IISc incubates startups that have deep science and technology at the core. CS Murali, chairman of the Entrepreneurship Cell, SID, IISc, talks to Sudhir Chowdhary on how the incubator is aiding startups. Excerpts…

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Beyond The Lab: Firing up the innovation engine during coronavirus pandemic

While innovation has been a hot topic in some of India’s higher education institutes, it has become more relevant than ever during this pandemic. Take for instance, The Society for Innovation and Development (SID), a wing of Indian Institute of Science (IISc); this Bengaluru-based incubator is aiding a host of startups leading the fight against Covid-19. …

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The race to make a COVID-19 vaccine in India – Mynvax in the race

The timeline is historically short: Create in 18 to 24 months what you usually get five years or more to do. In mid-May, as the number of people testing positive for coronavirus increased to 4.48 million, including 82,000-odd from India, and counting worldwide, scientists have been breaking their backs to find a cure. A powerful treatment that experts say should be at least 95 percent…

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General Aeronautics Drones deployed across country in fight against COVID-19

In June 2018, a Bengaluru-based drone tech start-up had given a demonstration in Dakshina Kannada district on the use of drones for spraying copper sulphate solution to protect arecanut crop from fruit rot disease….

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General Aeronautics’ drone deployed in Bangalore for disinfecting

The four of them – Neel Sagar G, an aerospace engineer, Nishanth Murali, a civil engineer, Vinay Kumar, an aeronautical engineer and Naga Praveen, an electronic engineer, all in their early 20’s, have been roped in by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike..

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Drones delivering face grabs

A view of the image captured from a drone of Padarayanapura, ward No 135, under J J Nagar Police Station limits. This was one of the two wards that was sealed-off recently. With 45 drones deployed since last week, the Bengaluru city police says they…

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Shanmukha Innovations comes with an innovative and affordable two step method for testing COVID

Shanmukha Innovations, a start-up from the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc), is in the process of validating a new two-step method for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing that can help India scale up molecular testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients…

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IISc startup working on faster RT-PCR testing

A start-up from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is in the process of validating a new two-step method for RT-PCR testing that can help India scale up molecular testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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AI Health Highway develops a COVID triage and Pre-Screening Tool

In Anjarakandy Medical College at Kannur in north Kerala, Nightingale-19 is set to deliver food and water to patients in Covid isolation wards. Painted in red and white, Nightingale is a robot designed by students of Vimal Jyothi Engineering College, Chemperi, in Kannur with support from Kerala’s health department…

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Not just bigwigs.. Mynvax joins race for COVID-19 vaccine

Not just bigwigs like Zydus and Serum but even mid-rung indigenous players across the country have joined the race for a coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine. The move comes at a time when Chinese research firms are entering phase II of clinical trials in a global race to find a vaccine for Covid-19…

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PM Modi visits Astrome

Astrome, an SID incubated company, is delighted to share that Hon Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi visited Astrome’ booth at Defence Expo in Lucknow.

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Life lessons from India’s science startups

Bengaluru: Popular wisdom has it that India has always had an abundance of trained talent but has been a laggard nation when it comes to product innovation. This is especially true with innovation that is based on science and technology….
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Drones to space Internet, IISc incubates start-ups

Better known for his former role as the programme director and chief designer of India’s indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA), 75-year-old Kota Harinarayana is the founder-chairman of General Aeronautics, an Indian Institute of Science (IISc) incubated start-up…

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How IISc is using its knowledge to incubate core tech …

IISc, the highest-ranked institute for higher education in the country in most global league tables, has long been known for its research. Its been making a concentrated effort to translate that knowledge into real-world impact…

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With medical simulators, Mimyk is helping doctors in precision surgeries

This startup has developed simulators for surgeries to help doctors understand how a procedure is done without having to experiment on the patient.At a GlanceStartup: MimykFounders: Shanthanu Chakrava…

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IISc gets research park, will aid start-ups – Times of India

India Business News: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), will be among the six premier institutes in the country to host a research park under the start-up initiative of the Centre, with the proposal also being presented in the union budget (2018-19)…
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Start-ups and science

Many of the start-ups at Society for Innovation and Development, based at IISc, have a longer investment horizon than today’s venture capitalists want to bother with Towards the end of his career, Albert Einstein said: “One thing I have learned in a long life…
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How difficult was it to raise funds from leading investors

You’re reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media. Undoubtedly, raising funds for business ventures is a herculean task given the fact that the entire process requires adaptation of lateral…

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IISc to expand smart factory, aid startups, research …

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), which last year put in place the country’s first indigenous smart factory, moving from automation to autonomy,, is expanding the facility. The expansion is expected to help future incubations…

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The science of tapping talent – Business Line

In 1991, the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, set up Society for Innovation and Development to promote collaboration with industry. In 2005, the society set up Indian Scientific Innovation Company, a not-for-profit outfit, to incubate start-ups…
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How allowing professors to start companies triggered red …

Under the grant called TIDE, incubation centres provided office space, mentorship and some seed money for professors wanting to start companies.Professors were allowed to spend a day in the week working for their companies…
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This space entrepreneur from a small town in Rajasthan is …

At 4 feet, 11 inches, Neha Satak from Beawar in Rajasthan stands tall in the crowd of young entrepreneurs today. Giving up promising prospects in the US, she returned to set up a space technology comp…
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