If there’s one place in India you can choose to develop your startup – it has to be Bengaluru. The ecosystem in the city is currently perfect suited to create your business. And the Government of Karnataka wishes to take the ecosystem to greater heights.

The Karnataka Startup Cell in KBITS (Govt. of Karnataka) in association with IKP Knowledge Park recently launched the first Call for Proposals under the Grand Challenges – Karnataka initiative of the Government of Karnataka. The Call for Proposals will remain open until September 30, 2016. Interested applicants should register on the program’s website(http://startup.karnataka.gov.in/funding#grand-challenge-fund) and apply via an online form.

One of the Goals of the Karnataka Startup Policy 15-20 is

“to facilitate generation of at least 25 Innovative Technology solutions with a social impact in sectors like Health care, Food Security, Clean environment and Education for all etc.”

Grand Challenges – Karnataka is an initiative of the Government of Karnataka, under the newly launched Start-up Policy of the government, to scout for new technologies or innovations that can offer solutions to some of the longstanding issues pertaining to the state of Karnataka. Grand Challenges – Karnataka aims to channelize innovations for social impact, and in the process support the establishment and growth of Start-ups. The program is supported by the Department of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka through Karnataka Startup Cell at KBITS. KBITS is the funding agency and IKP Knowledge Park (IKP) is the implementation partner. Under the program, five calls will be launched every year covering important priority areas like Urban Development, Agriculture, Health, Education etc. The first call targets issues surrounding Urban Infrastructure with focus on waste water management.

The State will use the model of Grand challenges to focus attention and effort on specific problems. The winners will also automatically qualify for incubation space in the incubators supported by the State Government as per the prevalent norms.

Hon’ble Minister for IT and BT, Mr. Priyank Kharge remarked, “Bengaluru is a laboratory for innovations. Sharing and transferring these innovations through a public private partnership can help solve many of the issues facing the State. We plan to launch Calls around 5 priority areas, and this is the First Call for Proposals. We hope that at the end of two years we will have the required system which will allow the government and civil society to receive consistent, reliable and real time data of the water discharge on which policy interventions can be designed.”

Principal Secretary, IT & BT, Ms. V. Manjula said, “KBITS has launched many schemes for promoting Start-ups in the state for e.g. the New Age Incubation Network (NAIN) across various academic institutions, promotion of TBIs, providing Idea2PoC funding, and creating incubation infrastructure through PPP. Grand Challenges – Karnataka is in continuation of the above where the State intends to use the vibrant startup environment to drive innovation through use of technology to find workable and scalable solutions to challenges faced by it.”

Ms. Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairman & CEO, IKP Knowledge Park explained that the First Call aims at building a technology enabled system for real time monitoring of the quality of water discharged from Sewage and/or Effluent Treatment Plants and relaying data to a central server.

So what are you waiting for? Apply Now and chase your dreams!

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