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Nov 6, 2019

AIM, NITI Aayog and UNDP India jointly launched Youth Co: Lab

In a latest initiative to recognize young people as critical drivers of sustainable development, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India launched Youth Co:Lab which aims at accelerating social entrepreneurship and innovation in young India. Youth Co:Lab is Co-created in 2017 by UNDP and Citi Foundation, and is operational in 25 countries across the Asia Pacific region is an initiative which aims to create and enable an ecosystem to promote youth leadership, innovation, and social entrepreneurship.

The initiative aims at spreading awareness about different issues pertaining to youth, the future of work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through Youth Co:Lab. An invitation for Young entrepreneurs (18-29 years) and start-ups to showcase their proposed ideas and solutions to tackle some of the region’s biggest social challenges which will summon social innovation challenges at the national and sub-national level.  The Young Entrepreneurs and innovators will get a chance to connect with governments, mentors, incubators and investors, who will help equip them with entrepreneurial skills.

The first phase of Youth Co:Lab will focus on six SDGs: SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production) and SDG 13 (Climate Action). This Initiative will help empower young people through innovative development ideas.

Aspiring entrepreneurs or nascent entrepreneurs (with less than 3 years of experience) can submit their ideas at http://aimapp2.aim.gov.in/youth2019/entry.php before 4 November, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited for a national innovation challenge, where each winning start-up will get an opportunity to incubate and strengthen their ideas at the Atal Incubation Centres.

 

Author: Preeti Rajput, Research Associate at PHDCCI, Dr S P Sharma, Chief Economist at PHDCCI and Ms Surbhi Sharma, Associate Economist at PHDCCI

Aug 29, 2018

1. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced its plans to launch incubators across India to groom space startups that build newer solutions in rocketry, communication satellites, and applications based on remote sensing data.

2. One97 Communications, the parent of digital payments company Paytm, has invested $16M in Gamepind Entertainment Pvt Ltd, a mobile gaming offering, in a joint venture (JV) with AGTech, a Hong Kong-based mobile games development company.

3. PolicyBazaar plans to work with China’s Ping An Insurance Group, which owns and operates Ping An Good Doctor — the world’s largest healthcare portal — to strengthen its new healthcare business DocPrime.

4. OYO has acquired Mumbai-based Weddingz.in, an online marketplace for wedding venues and vendors, for an undisclosed sum.

5. Ola has appointed Ben Legg as managing director of its recently announced UK operations.

6. Hotstar's parent Novi Digital media has received an investment of Rs 516 crore from Star US, as per financial documents sourced from business intelligence platform paper.vc. 

7. Bengaluru and Delaware-based biopharma startup, Bugworks Research, has raised a Series A round of $9 million (about Rs 62.2 crore) led by the University of Tokyo Edge Capital (UTEC). 

8. Online mattress company Wakefit is in advanced talks with three venture capital funds including Sequoia Capital to raise about Rs 40 crore ($6 million), reported ET.

9. Saama Capital and Blume Ventures-backed queue management startup Sminq is in talks with private equity firms to raise $8-10 million, reported ET.

10. Amazon India on Friday has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Uttar Pradesh government to support MSME entrepreneurs across nine districts as a part of the state’s One District One Product (ODOP) scheme, reported PTI.

11. Ultraviolette Automotive Pvt Ltd (UAPL), which is developing electric two-wheelers, has raised Rs 6 Cr in a Series A funding round from TVS Motor Company.

12. Zomato on Friday announced that it has extended its food delivery services to Dehradun, Agra, Patna, Mysore, Ranchi, Raipur, and Aurangabad.

13. 3 startups won cash prize at Samsung Global Startup Acceleration Program in Bangalore

 

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April 26, 2018:
1.    The Government of India and the World Bank today signed a $125 million agreement to support India in developing an innovative biopharmaceutical and medical devices industry,
2.    Indian Railways will soon cover almost 90% of India’s railways stations under wi-fi network.
3.    The Indian ecommerce think tank, headed by Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, may finalise the framework around ecommerce policy in the next six months.
4.    Niti aayog will soon invite applications for Atal New India Challenge under which it will provide grants of upto Rs 1 crore (USD 160,000 appx.) to the applicants showing capability, intent and potential to productize technologies
5.    Tata Industries Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Sons, has announced that it will sell its e-learning solutions unit, Tata Interactive Systems, to Noida-based publishing services company MPS Ltd.
6.    Ola has set up a Safety Council with an aim to further strengthen the mobility safety ecosystem in the country.
7.    Katapult Accelerator is inviting startups from India to apply for its third cohort.
8.    IDG Ventures, YourNest invest $2mn funding round in robotics startup emotix
9.    Online travel marketplace TripShelf has raised fresh funding of Rs 1.6 crore ($240,000) from a group of professional investors.
10.    Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered "SocialMob," a music and content app, on Monday announced its official launch in India.
11.    Bengaluru-based startup research firm Tracxn Technologies Pvt. Ltd has raised more money in a fresh round of funding, reported VCCircle.
12.    Grofers starts last mile delivery through third-party business partners, reported Entrackr.
13.    SoftBank is reportedly transferring its $20 billion worth portfolio of ride-hailing firms including Uber, Ola, Didi Chuxing, Grab and Brazil’s 99 to SoftBank Vision Fund, reported FT.
14.    Payments startup Simpl has appointed Prashant Kashyap as Senior Vice President.
15.    Hyperdata.IO, Hyderabad-based Sales-Tech Startup, raises Investment from CCube Angels Network.
16.    San Francisco and Bangalore based developer tools startup, Hasura raises $1.6 million in seed funding from Nexus Venture Partners and GREE Ventures.

 

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