Over the years, iCreate has evolved as a “bridge” between “Startup Nation” Israel and India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Seeking to leverage innovative, technology-based solutions for the enduring challenges faced by India and the world, iCreate and the Israeli Innovation Authority are working together to support Israeli and Indian startups, entrepreneurs and companies in co-developing new technologies and developing mutually beneficial business ties. Together the parties also plan to assist Israeli innovators in adapting their technologies as per the requirements of the Indian market and partnering with Indian organizations to jointly exploit the resulting commercial opportunities.
In September 2017, India and Israel joined forces in order to address some of the world’s most pressing social challenges. Startup India and the Israel Innovation Authority invited entrepreneurs, startups, research teams, and people with responsive ideas, to submit their solutions to challenges in the areas of agriculture, water and digital health. This was the start of the Israel-India Innovation Bridge which is a tech platform to facilitate bilateral co-operation between Indian and Israeli Startups, tech hubs, corporations and other key innovation ecosystem players.
The Hon’ble Prime Ministers of India and Israel launched the India – Israel Innovation Bridge on 6th July 2017 at Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel. At the end of 2017, the Platform hosted a bilateral innovation challenge calling on Israeli and Indian Startups to combine forces to develop solutions for critical challenges in agriculture, water and digital health.
Within each of these areas, two problems statements have been identified. Winners were announced in December and presented to the PMS of both India and Israel on 17 Feb.
The first agriculture challenge aimed to attract solutions to solve the problem of post-harvest losses. The winner was Amvicube who provide intelligent IT solutions for the proper determination of the quality of rice without dehusking it. Paddy Analyser, a product they developed, helps farmers segregate the rice produce with maximum precision.
The runners up in this category were Yuktix and Amber Solutions both of whom provide alternative solutions for warehouse monitoring in order to maximise storage time of harvested produce.
On the Israeli side the challenge was won by Amaizz, an agritech company developing and providing post-harvest solutions for reducing food losses due to inefficient drying, storage, and refrigeration.
Runners up were BotanoCap who make environmentally friendly agricultural products and Biofeed who have developed a pioneering control technology that, without harming human health and the environment, enables users to continuously control pests
The second agriculture question challenged start ups to improve farmers’ income. The winning innovation by RF Wave Technologies is a soil moisture scanner that enables effective irrigation scheduling. The technology helps maintain the prescribed water height for the plants at each growth stage and the required soil moisture.
The runners up Jagadeesh Henjarappa and Vignesh Ravichandran developed solutions to increase the efficiency of photosynthesis and scan plants to determine what course of action is required respectively.
The Israeli winner is Saillog, offering an artificial intelligence-based solution that enables farmers to identify and treat plant diseases and pests.
SupPlant who provide real-time data from all crop sensors in one, easy-to- use application and Seed Tech Temed who developed and patented a novel technology for enhancing seed germination and growth are the runners up.
The water challenges required start ups to innovate the in areas of point-of-use clean drinking water and treatment of large scale waste water.
In the drinking water category Pure Paani are an NGO who deliver portable, hand-operated filtration devices that can be used repeatedly by a traveling service provider or a ‘microentrepreneur’. By providing single-serving filtration, they will cater to low-income families that do not have access to clean drinking water.
Runners up are wOceo Water who provide drinking water solutions at 1Rs per litre in monitored household filtration machines and Karthikumar who is developing a paper which can detect the amount of contamination in drinking water.
The Israeli winning company was SunDwater who have developed a standalone distillation unit that requires no infrastructure or external energy source, and is capable of converting unsafe water or saltwater into potable water for consumption or irrigation.
Runner up Lishtot developed a water quality monitoring machine and Aquallence whose water purification systems utilize low energy and ozone technology.
The wastewater solution was innovated by Innotech Technologies Ltd who have developed a unique treatment process for waste water using bio-electrochemical systems and recovery of value-added products.
Runners up in this category were Vanita Prasad with a process of making Anaerobic Granulated Sludge and Rinaldo John who aims to provide a constructed subsurface flow wetland system, using Heliconia angusta to treat greywater.
Maagan was the winning Israeli entry to this challenge. Maagan is a global leader in the manufacture of innovative filters whose ground breaking double fibre filters present a new approach to fine fibre filtration.
AMS Technologies who develop and market chemical- and temperature-resistant ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes and Aqua HD whose closed system captures and removes suspended solids from flowing liquid in a continuous, hydraulic manner were the runners up.
In the medical category, the first challenge asked start ups to find new solutions for real-time health monitoring, home care, remote care, periodic counselling and advice on health management for Non-Communicable Diseases.
The Indian winner was iLove9Months, a start up who have developed an app that is a one-stop for pregnant women and helps them take the right choices during those 9 months.
The runners up were Innov4sight Health and Biomedical Systems and Zeolr Technologies. Innov4sight have created an integrated digital health platform for fertility care. Zeolr have developed a platform which helps manage asthma and COPD management.
The second challenge was to find innovative, inclusive, low cost diagnostics and predictive solutions in rural areas. iCreate incubate Bioscan won this category with their innovation of a non-invasive, fully computerized, and battery-operated tool for instantaneous detection of intracranial bleeding onsite.
Runners up in the category are Mercuri Technologies who have developed novel technology for quantification differentiation of DNA and Ujjwaal Bhardwaj who has a patient monitoring app whose Tuberculosis Monitoring and Encouragement Adherence Drive is aimed at patients who stop their medication midway due to various reasons.
The co creation seminar for all of the winners began on Monday and Tuesday with a programme in Delhi led by Invest India. After being felicitated by PM Modi and PM Netanyahu on Wednesday the winning participants for the agriculture and water challenges continued their cocreation at iCreate with field visits, panels and joint cooperation whereby some agreements were reached between Indian and Israeli companies to cooperate in the future.
iCreate will be incubating the winners of the agriculture and water challenges at their business incubator and will be participating in the return trip to Israel in 6 months’ time where the results of the cooperation between the 2 nations and the start ups will begin to show fruition.