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Agriculture Grand Challenges

The Agriculture Grand Challenges Program aims to identify promising innovations to address problem areas and gaps in Indian agriculture., identified through the Agri Immersion Program These innovations will have strong potential to transform key aspects of Indian agriculture in a disruptive manner. The challenge is a unique opportunity for Agri-tech start-ups with a commercially viable solution to solve defined problems at the grassroots level through deep-science innovations. 

Call for Applications:

The Agriculture Grand Challenges was officially launched by the Hon’ble DyCM of Karnataka Dr. Ashwath Narayan on 23-July-2021.

The following three problem statements have been selected for the 1st call of the Agriculture Grand Challenges:

1. A quick, accurate and affordable PoC method for testing a) macro/micro nutrient density in soil and/or plant tissue and b) soil microbial diversity

2. A technology to enhance the shelf life of produce and minimization of post-harvest losses through chemical/biological/IR methods

3. A technology for detection and treatment of white stem borer infestation in Coffee crop

Eligibility criteria:

Applications are invited from participants that meet the following eligibility criteria

  1. Start-up registered in Karnataka.
  2. Start-up must be <10 yrs. old
  3. Incubatee has to be an Indian start-up. This support is not meant for Indian Subsidiaries of MNCs/foreign companies.
  4. The shareholding by Indian promoters in the incubatee start up should be at least 51%.
  5. Start-up must develop deep-tech/deep-science solutions limited to the above defined problem statement(s).

Selected start-up will be incubated at C-CAMP and should develop MVP within 18 months of time.

Scope of Support:

Funding – Investment of up to 25 lakhs per startup

Incubation- Access to State of Art incubation facility with high-end instrumentation at C-CAMP.

Mentorship- From a network of technical and business mentors to take the startup an extra mile.

Handholding- Guidance related regulatory and compliance landscape. Opportunity to connect to investors and raise capital.

Link for application:

Deadline: 30th September 2021