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Agro Start-up Ecosystem @ SIGCE

Agro Start-up Ecosystem @ SIGCE
November 08
16:39 2019

The Union Government has launched AGRI-UDAAN Food and Agribusiness Accelerator programme in an attempt to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, start-ups mentorship, industry networking and investor pitching in agriculture. It is managed by ICAR-NAARM’s (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management) technology incubator, a-IDEA along with IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation. For details click here

Scope for IOT, ICT, ML and AL solutions in the field of agriculture is huge. Also the need of the hour is creating and nurturing an ecosystem which is a mix of Academia, Corporates, Research Organizations, Investors, Government Functionaries, Evangelists and Start-Up Entrepreneurs.

The machine learning algorithms can help agriculturist in disease prediction, crop health classification, agriculture retailers, crop yield, bug hunting, spray machines. Smt. Indira Gandhi College Of Engineering( campus located in Ghansoli, Navi Mumbai collaborated initially with Lemon Ideas and Lemon School of Entrepreneurship with Innovation and Start-up competitions like iNNOPRENEUR’18 and launch of incubation centre sowed the seeds of start-up ecosystem in the college. Mr. Sunil Jadhav, Managing Director and trustee of SIGCE launched incubation ecosystem Ignition with successfully incubating various start-ups. The entire seventh floor space and resources of the college are dedicated for the incubation ecosystem.

Three start-ups among twenty being targeted are showing good results. The details of one of the statrtup by name Ignisnova Robotics ( and Agriforetell ( co-founded by young bright minds from BITS Pilani Mr. PiyushKumar and Ms.Srishti Arora are worth watching. Their current net worth is twenty-five crore with a projection of 500 crores in next three years are exciting news for all of us at SIGCE to cherish.

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