• The I-MACX Accelerator
    Launch Event

  • IIMB - IIITB Partnership

    IIIT-B partnership with IIMB


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.

  • 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 – are few and far between
  • Individual government departments and NGOs (especially at state-level, during times of disaster / emergencies) look out for guidance / support in their technology needs
  • Many complementary partners / solutions need to be assembled
  • There is a need to inspire, enable and accelerate efforts (both for-profit & not-for-profit initiatives & ventures) to come up with solutions that address the needs of civic & social sectors

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:

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

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)

Focus Areas

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

Universal Education

MOOC, Streaming, Social, Digital Transcripts, P2P Sharing

Public Health

EHR, 3D artifacts, Wearables

Urban Mobility


Sustainable Community

Food-Energy-Water, Sensors, Analytics

Public Governance

Digital Governance, Open Data, Emergency Management, GIS, Law & Order, Payments

The I-MACX 'Civic-Tech' Summit

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).

Recent Summits

  • The I-MACX Summit (3rd ed, Acad-Yr: 2016-17) - Theme: "Role of Government and Foundations in the success of Civic-Tech Startups", Date: TBA
  • The I-MACX Summit (2nd ed, Acad-Yr: 2015-16) - Theme: "Indians Solving India's Problems", 9th Dec 2015
  • The I-MACX Summit (1st ed, Acad-Yr: 2014-15) - Theme: "Opportunities & Challenges in Civic-Tech Space", 18th June 2015

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. To become a member of the I-MACX Studio and benefit from the various upcoming activities / sessions, please fill in your details here

Organizations that recently helped our Student-Innovators with Business Challenges to address

Upcoming & Recent Conversations

The I-MACX 'Startup' Accelerator

A Civic-Tech Accelerator that helps founders:

  • 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

Selection Criteria

IIITB Innovation Centre nurtures ideas / ventures that leverage information technology. In general, the centre looks at ideas / ventures that are:

  • Novel: There must be some originality in the proposed idea
  • Non-Trivial: The idea, when executed well, must be able to create an entry barrier for competition
  • Nifty: Within 12-18 months, the idea should be capable of getting translated into a commercial offering and start earning revenue


  • The centre also desires that IIIT-B's researchers and students contribute to the startups. To this end, the idea should be intellectually challenging enough to attract our students and faculty.
  • It is also desired that such interactions between the institute community and the startups would also result in the generation of intellectual property including disclosures, papers, teaching material, case studies, etc.

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.

MOU and Facilities Agreement

Please find more details about the Accelerator Documents (detailing terms and conditions) that need to be signed by startups, confirming their participation in our programs:

  1. IIITB Innovation Centre-Startup MOU
  2. IIITB-Startup Facilities Agreement

Benefits to Startups

The startups benefit from the following offerings:

Peer-Learning & Mentoring

A Classroom where startups connect and collaborate with a panel of mentors, advisors, faculty and researchers

Workspace & Makers' Space

A Plug-n-Play work space and technical infrastructure, including a Makers' Space that enables startups to create their products

Access to Potential Customers

Conduct field-trial of your offerings at our campus and refine your offerings; leverage our impeccable social / civic / media reputation - conduct executive briefings and gain access to potential customers

Partner & Investor Connections

A Forum (including demo days) where startups pitch their creations to a distinguished audience of investors, business and academic leaders, influencers & press in order to raise funds, explore collaborative opportunities & generate business leads

Business Services

Access to Legal, Finance, HR, IP, PR and Marketing experts; Access to vast collection of books & journals in our institute's library

Investors & Partners