Announcing the finalists of Young Innovators Challenge Award 2017

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Announcing the finalists of Young Innovators Challenge Award 2017

3M India & Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), are delighted to announce the top 22 submissions for the Young Innovators Challenge Award 2017. Each entry was carefully validated across three key criteria: concept & innovation, measurable impact and sustainability. Multiple layers of evaluation and engagement with experts, helped us arrive at this league of innovators. Based on evaluation scores, the first 16 finalists are now invited to make their idea pitches to our esteem Finale Jury on 28th June, virtually via skype. Take a look:

Tech Innovation – Finalists


A simple gadget that can be worn as ‘spectacles’ to detect when people fall asleep and alerts by vibrating. Safety Gadget that can help avoid accidents during night driving and otherwise.


A communication enablers with use of technology for differently abled people.

Consumer Complaint App : #SpeakUp

SpeakUp is India’s first one-stop feedback platform for consumers to raise their concern – be it a complaint, a suggestion or a compliment – across different platforms like Email, Twitter and Facebook in a single click.

HELPUSGREEN – Florafoam®

Helpusgreen employs 128 manual scavenger women to clean the floral waste from temples that is dumped in river Ganges. Thereafter they produce and sell patented fertilizer and incense sticks from the waste.

Greenvillips Vintage

The innovation deals with utilizing industrial waste (crude glycerol) for production of Nanocellulose and its aerogels, for air purification technology.

USR: Point of Care testing device for rapid diagnostics tests focusing on Chronic Diseases and Nutrition.

Universal Strip Reader (USR) is a smartphone-assisted Point of Care diagnostic and screening device. It facilitates multiple diagnostic and screening tests with a single device within minutes at half of the current cost.

Waitlisted Finalists (in case any of the above finalists cannot participate in the pitch presentation, these finalists will be invited for virtual panel presentation).


Nemo footband is  a wearable for the newborn that  addresses the need for a low cost, highly accurate user friendly monitoring system for the  detection of  Apnea and Hypothermia, two of the most life threatening conditions that newborns are susceptible to.

Sericin from Silk towards its novel application in cosmeceutical, pharmaceutical

The innovation relates to the novel approach of recovering Silk protein Sericin from the effluent of Silk industries and further processing it to develop low cost Sericin for various novel application related to cosmeceutical, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and biomedical field.

Disruptive Service – Finalists

Starting up a spice marketing enterprise in a village

6 women belonging to the Halpati tribal community (a marginalized tribal group) living in Karachka – a remote village of Surat district have started a spice making and marketing enterprise which is up and running since 15 months.


Greenstrip is giving newspaper bags to store owners on rates of plastic bags to replace it. Cost of production subsidized by printing local advertisements on the bags and charging businesses to cover the cost.

Beyond The Radius

The resourceful and energy efficient innovations developed by rural India are affordable alternatives to many of the current solutions. The big market players who have established brand and distribution chains do not buy the IP of these innovations because of lack of market research analysis. This idea focuses on creating high quality primary data of customers through ICT tools and on conducting detailed analysis through primary data from most remote locations, to project demand and profits; and thereby ensure higher number of IP sales and better royalty shares for innovators.

FIZIO – An easy-to- use Virtual Rehabilitation Platform

Fizio makes physical therapy fun and convenient for patients recovering from surgery or injury. Fizio transforms existing physical therapy exercises into video-games, and uses an external sensor to track and assess patient compliance. The games are motivating and created for different pathologies in order to respond and adapt to patients’ needs.

SURFACE – Affordable multi-utility furniture for Rural India

An effort to improve the learning atmosphere of rural students by meeting their primary infrastructural needs for learning through an affordable and ergonomically better multi-utility furniture, named as SURFACE, which can function as desk, bed, recliner and as an artboard.

Khetmajoor- Ecosystem for culture tourism

The Primary objective of our startup is to promote exotic rural tourism in India by incorporating attraction and adventure in it. Exotic tourism includes rural tourism, farm stays, health tourism, sports tourism, jungle/hills stay, roadside/riverside stays, heritage tourism etc but basically we have developed exotic tourism concept around nature and India farming community.

Waitlisted Finalists (in case any of the above finalists cannot participate in the pitch presentation, these finalists will be invited for virtual panel presentation).

STP the Saviour

Create a database of STP (Sewage Treatment Plants) that are located across the city. Details of the STP to include Technology, Capacity, Unused Capacity, Amount of treated water left unused and location.

Through this users can identify STP that has unused capacity and treat their gray/black water. Excess water after treatment can be used as replacement for borewell water in constructions, gardening etc.


QBCD is an electronics smart cube with HD coloured screens on each of its six surfaces and an in built voice to assist the kid. It has such sensors which helps the dyslexic/dyspraxic kids to learn efficiently and it also avoids any neck or spinal problems. It not only makes learning more fun, interactive or pleasurable, but also helps in improving the motor skills, eye hand coordination and the memory of the child.

Transformative Innovation – Finalists

Mimaansa\’s Remedial education & mental health program in Municipal Schools for Learning Disabled

Lack of awareness about and resources for students with \’Learning Disabilities\’ in municipal schools is a major hindrance towards inclusive education. Mimaansa works towards capacity building of municipal schools to better accommodate students with LD in the mainstream classroom, i.e. inclusive education. Program includes early detection and remediation for students with LD along with Art Based Counseling Program for students and Teacher Training Program for municipal school teachers. Mimaansa aims to advocate systemic change to create an integrated environment for children with learning disability and effective implementation of existing policies by providing workshops & training to parents & Municipal school teachers.

The Dera Project – A concourse for the preservation and promotion of the folk arts

Folk art is an expression of society’s urge and talent for artistic expression. In its moment of creation, folk arts may be the child of a specially gifted individual but its true parent is the society, which also nurtures, preserves and transmits it. The Dera Project aims to promote the folk arts and provide an opportunity to rural folk artists a means of improving their quality of life. Through the project, the organization aims to provide livelihood to the folk artists from low-income backgrounds by providing them with market linkages to the entertainment industry and educational institutions. This enables the artists to not only showcase their artistic talents and promote awareness about their culture which generates a sense of pride in their communities but also earn an income which enables them to lead a better quality of life. The Dera Project is essentially a community for the preservation and promotion of the folk arts.

dHive: Rural Innovation Studio

Technological interventions by external bodies tend to fail when deployed in rural areas due to the diverse socio-cultural factors. Project dHive- Rural Innovation studio enables rural children and youth in developing appropriate technologies using locally available resources. The studio, located in a tribal village Lobhi of Maharashtra, is a platform where local issues are solved locally, by inculcating design thinking and problem solving skills through a participatory approach. The model aims at sustainable technology development, by bridging indigenous practices and modern needs.


Their main project, called teachpoWer aims at teaching English to the female support staff members in schools. The teaching material is borrowed from Step Up For India, an esteemed organisation working towards education of children. We have a carefully devised program where in students teach the support staff in their free periods. A class is approximately 40 minutes long and is conducted by two students and includes 4 support staff members. This project enables our support staff to have effective communication in daily life and boosts their morale.

Waitlisted Finalists (in case any of the above finalists cannot participate in the pitch presentation, these finalists will be invited for virtual panel presentation).

ToteAlley – A Sustainable Social Business aimed at empowering economically backward women.

ToteAlley blends entrepreneurship and social responsibility to empower women. The company is an asset light and financially viable alternative to regular social businesses. We operate on a student-run model and specialise in cloth accessories and garments. We employ women from rural and oppressed backgrounds and assist them in leveraging income and employment opportunities.

Pitaara—preserving memories

There is a need to bring life experiences of people—based on eight layers of oppression—in the mainstream narrative. The eight layers identified are caste, class, race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, nation. These all are inter-connected and if observed closely, our understanding of these subjects reflect in the work we do—from the books we write, to films we make, to the education we impart and the way we communicate. Pitaara intends to collect these narratives and take them to the right people—students and people in power—to help these narratives stream into their consciousness.

The top 22 submitters not only presented brilliant ideas at this Challenge but also well articulated their concept and it’s future. Congratulations to all those who made it thus far and all the best for the finale pitches on 28th June (next week – Wednesday)!

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