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Virendra Singh Rawat

Ceres FieldCheck, a team of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur students emerged as winners at the Innovators Connect Program Cohort 2, an Indo-German startup initiative.

The program was conducted in partnership with the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH); Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) of IIT Kanpur; along with the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) and KIIT-Technology Business Incubator (KIIT- TBI).

The collaboration aimed at facilitating international collaborations among early-stage entrepreneurs in India and Germany; and focused on various disciplines, including life sciences, health tech, digi-tech, agri-tech, sustainability, aerospace and energy.

The Innovators Connect Tandem Program was a two-week workshop and hands-on program held in Bengaluru, Kanpur, and Bhubaneshwar, where innovators from both countries formed tandems to address specific problem statements collaboratively.

In the final pitching session held at C-CAMP Bengaluru, nine teams presented their pitches, representing all three incubators.

Prof Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, co-professor in charge at SIIC, emphasised, “Global challenges demand a cross-cultural mindset. By incorporating ideas from diverse perspectives, we can create effective and affordable solutions that are customized for each specific location. The key to addressing unique challenges and promoting global progress lies in thinking beyond borders.”

The training sessions covered topics, including design ideation, market strategies, effective communication, leadership skills, branding, legal and financial compliance, IP and trade regulations, sustainable engineering, value proposition, data protection and privacy, the FMCG market, and project planning for medical devices.

IIT Kanpur was established in 1959 and declared to be to be an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India through an Act of Parliament.

IIT Kanpur is known for the highest standard of education in science and engineering and seminal R&D contributions.

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The institute has a sprawling campus spread over 1,055 acres with large pool of academic and research resources spanning across 19 departments, 25 centers and 3 interdisciplinary programs in engineering, science, design, humanities, and management disciplines with more than 570 full-time faculty members and approximately 9,000 students.

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