Kerala made it to the list of winners of the first edition of
National Startup Awards announced on Tuesday in 32 categories
across 12 sectors.
NAVA Design & Innovation and Genrobotics Innovations,
which were incubated by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM),
were among the awardees along with God''s Own Food Solutions,
also from the state.
Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush
Goyal declared the results at a virtual felicitation ceremony
in Delhi on Tuesday evening.
Conceived by the Department for Promotion of Industry
and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the awards are in recognition of
outstanding startups and ecosystem enablers that are building
innovative products or solutions.
KSUM said the honours won by the Kerala startups
proved the efficacy of the state governments support to
nascent companies showing promise.
"The awards have come for their commitment to solve
social issues," KSUM Chief Executive Officer Mr Sasi P M
"Such recognitions will inspire more startups to toe
similar lines in the future."
NAVA won the award in recognition of its solar-powered
device for toddy extraction.
Capable of improving the efficiency of toddy-tapping
by 72 times, the device facilitates cutting, beating and
collection of the beverage.
The device''s use cuts the number of climbing the palm
to a mere three from what is manually 270 over a three-month
The machine has earned NAVA patent rights in 28
countries where it is being used.
Genrobotics earned recognition for its product named
Bandicoot, billed as the world''s first robotic scavenger that
cleans manholes and helps stamp out manual scavenging.
The 50-kg pneumatic-powered and remote-controlled
robot, which was developed in 2018 by four young engineering
graduates, can be sent down a manhole, where it would remove
sewage by spreading its arm capable of 360-degree motion.
Designed with the help of Google launch pad, Bandicoot
is easy to operate, equipped as it is with a user-friendly
The 2015-founded God''s Own Food Solutions won the
award in the food processing sector for its patented green
flour product named jackfruit365, which the jury noticed has
streamlined the organised market for Indian Jackfruits."
Having created clinically-proven solutions to control
diabetes and reduce chemotoxicity, the product had its test
results showing a significant blood-sugar reduction in 996 out
of 1,000 patients during 90 days.
The awards were in the sectors of agriculture,
education, enterprise technology, energy, finance, food,
health, industry 4.0, space, security, tourism and urban
They are also meant for scalable enterprises, with
high potential of employment generation or wealth creation and
those demonstrating measurable social impact, the Ministry
KSUM is nodal agency of the Kerala government for
entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the
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