• The I-MACX Accelerator
    Launch Event

  • IIMB - IIITB Partnership

    IIIT-B partnership with IIMB

About IIIT-B Innovation Centre

Hosted in Bangalore's Electronics City, IIIT-B Innovation Centre is a hub for ICT4D entrepreneurship, innovation and research. Incorporated as a Section 25 company with support from the Ministry of Information Technology (Government of India), the major objectives of this company are:

  • To support and incubate new ventures from those outside IIITB which can realize a synergetic partnership with the institute faculty and students
  • To promote commercialization of IP generated by faculty and students of the Institute - by incubating their ventures
  • To encourage Industry to set up RnD centres in which their staff can work closely with faculty and students of the institute on joint RnD projects

IIIT-B Innovation Centre is one of the startup incubators approved by Governments of India and Karnataka. More details are available at the following government websites: List of Incubators Supported by DST, DEITY-TIDE, Prime Minister's MyGov Initiative and Department of IT-BT, Karnataka.

About I-MACX

I-MACX is the flagship initiative of IIIT-B Innovation Centre.

While government and social sectors could benefit significantly from the adoption of emerging technologies (like IOT, Data Analytics, Mobile Apps, SaaS), these are typically under served. At present, there exists:

  • A non-existent civic-sector focused tech-startup ecosystem
  • Very few successful (in commercial terms) technology-based social enterprises & initiatives
  • Government technology initiatives like ePDS, PAN, EHR/EMR standards, Aadhar, UPI, RuPay – that are few and far between

Consequently, there is a need to inspire, enable and accelerate (both for-profit & not-for-profit innovators & entrepreneurs) to come up with solutions that address the needs of civic & social sectors.

Born out of Government of Karnataka's Vision 2020, I-MACX focuses on accelerating civic excellence through the intelligent use of emerging technologies. I-MACX aspires to create an ecosystem that nurtures socially relevant / civic tech ventures and innovations that:

  • Serve our society and its citizens
  • Re-imagine the ways governments, corporations and social organizations function
  • Enable smarter ways to use resources, collect data & make decisions
  • Function as extended arm of governments, corporations and social organizations - thereby making the services available and accessible to citizens

I-MACX aims to create a "civic solutioning platform" that facilitates collaboration between various industry associations, social / civic organizations, independent experts and offers various programs / mentoring sessions to aspiring entrepreneurs / inspiring ventures to succeed. (click here to understand the taxonomy of Civic Tech)

To this end, I-MACX offers two programs: "The I-MACX Innovation Studio" and "The I-MACX Startup Accelerator" with the following focus areas.

Focus Areas

With an intent to nurture technology solutions / startups that create meaningful impact to their communities, we focus on the following sectors:


MOOC, Streaming, Social, Digital Transcripts, P2P Sharing, LMS, etc.


EHR, 3D artifacts, Wearables, HMS, Data Analytics, Image Processing, Assistive Devices, etc.


Multi-modal, Urban Mobility, GIS, Safety, Data Visualization, etc.


Water-Air-Food-Energy, Waste Management, Sensors, Analytics, etc.


Property Security, Rights, Identification, Documentation, Management, Home Automation, GIS, etc.


Digital Governance, Citizen Engagement, Emergency Management, GIS, Law & Order, Financial Inclusion, Culture, etc.

Our Board

Prof. Sadagopan

Chairman & Founder-Director, IIIT-B Innovation Centre and Director, IIIT-B

Prof. Rajagopalan

Founder-Director & Advisor, IIIT-B Innovation Centre and Faculty- Centre for IT & Society

Prof. Kumar K

Director, IIIT-B Innovation Centre and Chairperson, IIMB NSRCEL

Prof. Murali CS

Director, Innovation Centre and Chairman-ECell, SID,IISc

Prof. Gayatri Saberwal

Director, IIIT-B Innovation Centre and Faculty, IBAB

Mr. DV Jagadish

Director & CEO, IIIT-B Innovation Centre

Prof. Debabrata Das

Director, IIIT-B Innovation Centre and Dean - R&D, IIIT-B

Prof. Balaji Parthasarathy

Advisor, I-MACX and Dean - Faculty, IIIT-B

The I-MACX 'Innovation' Studio

From the time IIIT-B came into existence, around 50+ members of our institute fraternity have turned entrepreneurs and have successfully launched their own ventures. Some of the notable ventures that have recently made news include: Useready, Fields of View, 47Line, Narmada Prerna Yatra, DataWeave, SBALabs among others.

The I-MACX Studio is an attempt by IIIT-B Innovation Centre to further kindle and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit within the institute community.

At the I-MACX Studio, our main aim is to enable our students & researchers build socially-relevant solutions & startups, from the ground up. The I-MACX Studio helps student-innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs conduct user research, identify market opportunities, develop and demo prototypes of new products / services that address the business challenges of real companies and social organizations.

Through a combination of enlightening business and technology conversations involving both internal and external guests (entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, investors, lawyers and other leaders) - on an ongoing basis, we hope to enable the larger institute community elevate their entre / intre-preneurial contribution.

The I-MACX 'Startup' Accelerator

A Civic-Tech Accelerator that helps founders (OPEN FOR ALL & NOT LIMITED to institute fraternity):

  • understand & articulate their venture's purpose,
  • understand customers & their pain-points,
  • build a credible value proposition,
  • assemble your team,
  • roll-out a pilot deployment,
  • address the larger go-to-market challenges,
  • acquire their first customer(s) and
  • gain access to angel / seed investors

Startups will be provided access to the institute facilities (incl. plug-n-play office space and meeting rooms, labs and library, cafeteria and business services) over an extended period of up to 18 months. More importantly, the startups can also collaborate with institute faculty / researchers to develop & launch their product.

Over the years, we have nurtured close to 50 startups. In the recent 3+ years, we have helped accelerate more than 20 startups (including OnlineRTI, Srishti ESDM, NSmiles, to name a few) and have invested in 3 civic-tech startups. To apply, click here: Apply

Our Investors & Partners

Our Team

Ms. Vijayeta S

Officer - Startup Accelerator & Ecosystem Development, IIIT-B Innovation Centre

Ms. Roshni D

Officer - Innovation Studio & Academic Programs, IIIT-B Innovation Centre

Ms. Adhisaya T

Lead - MakerSpace, IIIT-B Innovation Centre

Prof. Ramesh Sundararaman

Mentor, I-MACX & COO, Innovation Centre

Ms. Vidya Sridharan

Mentor - Startup Accelerator, IIIT-B Innovation Centre

Mr. Ganesh HS

Mentor - Innovation Studio, IIIT-B Innovation Centre