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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:
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:
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:
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.
With an intent to nurture technology solutions / startups that create meaningful impact to their communities, we focus on the following sectors:
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.
A Civic-Tech Accelerator that helps founders (OPEN FOR ALL & NOT LIMITED to institute fraternity):
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 I-MACX program, Startups and Studio creations have been featured regularly in the media.
Please find below a list of some of the references in the media.