Chipmaker Qualcomm has revealed the finalists of its hardware startup incubation program, Design in India Challenge 2023. This initiative, launched in partnership with Startup India and Nasscom, aims to support and nurture innovative hardware startups in India.
The eighth edition of the Design in India Challenge received an impressive number of applications, with around 145 submissions from various industries and sectors. From these applications, Qualcomm selected approximately 12 finalists who demonstrated promising potential for disruption and transformation across different fields.
Among the finalists are Auklr Technologies Private Limited, Augrade Private Limited, Flo Mobility Private Limited, Trebirth Private Limited, Marcn Technologies Private Limited, Rymo Technologies Private Limited, Livnsense Technologies Private Limited, Siamaf Healthcare, Thryv Mo ability Private Limited, Savemom Private Limited, Ayati Devices Private Limited and Zebu Intelligent Systems Private Limited. These startups were chosen for their visionary ideas that leverage technologies such as 5G integration, hybrid AI, robotics, drones and extended reality to drive digital transformation in sectors like healthcare, training, electric vehicle transportation and agriculture.
As part of the program’s benefits package for the finalists, each startup will receive a grant of up to Rs 3.2 lakh (approximately $4,300) along with mentoring support. They will also gain access to Qualcomm Innovation Labs to build prototypes for their business use cases and applications.
Additionally, the finalists will have opportunities for patent filing incentives and business development support from Qualcomm Technologies’ global sales and business teams.
Rajen Vagadia Vice President of Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd., expressed the company’s commitment to nurturing tech talent in India through initiatives like the Design in India Challenge. He highlighted how Qualcomm has been empowering India with technological innovations and solutions while encouraging entrepreneurs and startups to create revolutionary solutions that reshape the country.
The applicants showcased unique product demos across diverse categories including IoT (Internet of Things), Automotive technology, Smart Infrastructure, Edge Computing, Healthcare, Robotics & Drones, and Agri Tech. This demonstrates the breadth of innovation and potential for growth in India’s startup ecosystem.
It is widely declared that, Qualcomm’s Design in India Challenge is a testament to its dedication to supporting tech talent in India and leveraging its expertise and technologies to drive innovation. By empowering startups with resources and mentorship, Qualcomm aims to contribute to India’s digital transformation.
With the announcement of these finalists, it is evident that Qualcomm recognizes the immense potential of Indian startups and their ability to disrupt industries through innovative hardware solutions. The Design in India Challenge 2023 serves as a platform for these startups to accelerate their growth and make a significant impact on various sectors.