A glance at the most innovative Start-ups at IIT Roorkee

IIT Roorkee’s innovation ecosystem has supported more than 125 startups.

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IIT Roorkee Start-up Expo 2022.

As many as 50 startups showcased their products and technologies in emerging fields like Artificial Intelligence-Machine Learning, Drone Technology, Robotics, Health Sciences, Agriculture, Environmental, Energy Sector, & E-commerce at the IIT Roorkee's Start UP Expo. 

Some of the key startups that participated in Startup Expo 2022 include:

 RavenEye Geospatial Tech Limited: IIT researchers set up a new company, RAVENEYE GEOSPATIAL PVT LTD, under TIDES, IIT Roorkee (Startup India Program by Government of India). The goal was to reduce the dominance of foreign companies in India's geospatial market, making India self-sufficient in this field. The company prepared drones, with the help of which the farmer can spray chemicals uniformly on the crop at a low cost, which will save both the time and cost of the farmer.

DTown Robotics Pvt. Ltd.: It is a deep tech startup based in Uttarakhand, India. The company works on designing and developing unmanned aerial/ ground solutions for Defence and Agricultural applications. The startup works on the development of customized robotics and drone solutions, including hardware, software, and analytics solutions. They believe in providing advanced technologies to people who are serving the nation 24X7.

Indi Energy: Indi Energy is an energy storage startup from IIT Roorkee with years of experience developing energy storage technologies like Sodium-ion batteries, Solid-state batteries, etc. The startup works for developing and commercializing Sodium ion (Na-ion) batteries and the technology of its content. It is also India's first company to have successfully (indigenously) developed a Sodium-ion pouch cell with the highest performance in bio-waste/agricultural waste-derived commercial Hard Carbon (patented technology).

Perovskite Innovations Pvt. Ltd: The startup develops perovskite materials based next generation X-ray detectors for X-ray imaging. It also focuses on making buildings energy efficient by integrating transparent solar photovoltaic panels into the building fabric using transparent perovskite solar cells. It also develops a semi-transparent perovskite panel for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) applications.

Powerzest Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd.: Powerzest Energy Solutions is engaged in renewable energy project and their components.  The company also manufactures micro-wind turbines with a unique design for rural and urban applications, with a major focus on charging infrastructure.

A session was to pitch ideas for launching new startups. Three such ideas were pitched by Jagdish Neduri, Chaudhary Mohammad Tariq, and Gajanan Gitte and successfully drew the attention of jury members. Pahul Singh Sawhney and Kunal Shah pitched the two most promising ideas and provided with pre-incubation support at the Tinkering Lab of IIT Roorkee.

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Dr. B V Mohan Reddy, Chairman, Board of Governors, who is a first-generation entrepreneur, motivated all the founders of startups present during startup expo by sharing his journey in building a Billion-Dollar enterprise. He emphasized the need for scaling startups once they have robust products.

 Prof. K.K. Pant, Director of IIT Roorkee stressed that start-ups must work for the Make-in-India initiative and deliver products and services that match and exceed global quality standards. The three keywords for sustainability are precision, localization, and accessibility. “We will encourage young students and faculty members to be a part of our Start-up ecosystem, and we will always strive for innovation and keep the nation's values on top.”

He added that the Expo 2022 is defence-centric, and IITR plans to organise the next Expo with healthcare in focus.