Chennai-based startups – Adiuvo Diagnostics and Planys Technologies – were the winner and runner of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2020, a popular hardware startup incubation program in India. Wellnesys Technologies of Hyderabad finished third.
Twelve leading Indian start-ups were selected from dozens of incubation candidates in the fields of technology, business and intellectual property rights.
The three potential winners were chosen after completing the annual incubation cycle.
What did the three startups come up with?
Adiuvo Diagnostics won for its solution for early detection of diseases using optoelectronics. He also got a monetary award of Rs 65 lakh.
Planys Technologies and Wellnesys Technologies have proposed innovative technological offerings in the fields of underwater robotic inspection and digital health respectively. They got Rs 50 lakh and Rs 35 lakh respectively.
Finalists will also receive incentives for patent filing: advice through IPR workshops and refunds for patent filings of up to Rs 1.6 lakh for a full utility patent application filed. with the Indian or American PTO, for a maximum of two patent filings.
The three finalists also have access to Qualcomm’s dedicated lab for startups housing state-of-the-art test equipment for 2G-5G cellular network testing, camera and sound tuning, temperature and humidity chambers for environmental testing.
Overall, the program, over the years, has allowed startups to showcase their solutions in major industry forums and gain exposure to investors, policymakers and the global public.
The various startups have collectively filed more than 150 patents, obtained national and international recognition and raised more than $ 82 million in funding.
The 2021 program will also focus on the development of 5G
Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2020 cycle in partnership with AGNIi – The National Technology Commercialization Program executed by Invest India (National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of India), as outreach partner, received 155 nominations from more than 20 states, many in the northeast.
The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge program is part of the mission to drive innovation in India and invest in ideas that can strengthen and accelerate the country’s digital economy. Launched in 2016,
Qualcomm Design in India Challenge has, to date, incubated 65 hardware and artificial intelligence (AI) startups and distributed a total of rewards of Rs 12.3 crore.
The 2021 program will provide Qualcomm Design in India Challenge startups the opportunity to design and design new use cases with the new 5G development board designed by Qualcomm engineers.