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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.
Born out of Government of Karnataka's Vision 2020 Initiative, 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:
To this end, 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)
With an intent to nurture technology solutions / startups that create meaningful impact to their communities, we focus on the following sectors:
The I-MACX Summit is a civic-tech focused annual event that intends to bring together innovators from government and social organizations along with civic-minded startups, influencers, activists, investors and entrepreneurs. The I-MACX Summit aims to not only bring out the opportunities and the challenges in the civic-tech space, but also showcase the offerings that are being created by civic-tech startups nurtured at our Innovation Centre.
The I-MACX Summit, envisions itself as a thought-leadership forum that would delve into how the various players in the civic-tech ecosystem could potentially transform governance and society, using the emerging technologies (IOT, Data Analytics, Sensors, Mobile, Cloud).
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. To become a member of the I-MACX Studio and benefit from the various upcoming activities / sessions, please fill in your details here
A Civic-Tech Accelerator that helps founders:
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
IIITB Innovation Centre nurtures ideas / ventures that leverage information technology. In general, the centre looks at ideas / ventures that are:
Consequently, it is imperative that for each of the participating startups, there is at least one IIIT-B faculty who is interested in that startup's creations and signs up as an "Anchor Faculty", helping that startup with access to labs, tools and spends quality time at regular intervals guiding the startup in their product development.
The startups benefit from the following offerings: