Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tata Trusts join hands to launch ‘Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations’ to identify Agritech solutions that can impact small and marginal farmers
- Up to 12 innovations will be selected to be a part of the first cohort of the India Agritech Incubation Network at IIT Kanpur
- 60 Agritech start-ups to be incubated over 5 years to impact 50,000 farmers
- Tata Trusts to provide grassroots level sandbox for pilots and implementation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tata Trusts have joined hands to set up the India Agritech Incubation Network (IAIN) and launch the ‘Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations’. The IAIN is envisioned as a network of incubators across the country to promote innovations for smallholder farmers. The first hub for IAIN will be set up at IIT Kanpur’s Innovation and Incubation center, in collaboration with Social Alpha, Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI) and the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The objective is to empower small and marginal farmers towards increasing productivity and profitability.
The Social Alpha Quest is looking for innovators and entrepreneurs with transformative technologies that address a curated set of challenges faced by smallholder farmers. Up to 12 innovations will be selected to be a part of the first cohort of the IAIN and will receive incubation support in their lab to last mile journey for the next 12-24 months.
Innovative technology solutions, with a strong focus on affordability, accessibility, efficiency and user experience across the agriculture and allied value chain are invited to participate in the quest. This includes start-ups with focus on enhancing yield and productivity, better post-harvest loss management and value addition, improving market linkages and traceability, among others.
Applications are open now and until August 31, 2019. You can apply HERE
For more information on the curated problem statements please visit https://www.socialalpha.org/agritech-innovations/
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