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Created as an outcome of KIG Vision 2020 initiative of Government of Karnataka, I-MACX facilitates collaboration between different stakeholders in order to address the challenges faced by communities & cities, governments & civic organizations.
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.
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)
The I-MACX Studio helps develop product ideas into innovative solutions that address the business needs of real companies and social organizations. At the Studio, students and aspiring entrepreneurs develop and present new products and services that respond to business challenges and real needs - usually presented as hackathons, business plan competitions, etc..
A 100-day Civic-Tech Accelerator that helps founders understand & articulate their venture's purpose, understand customers & pain-points and build a credible offering.
Startups also have the option of availing the institute facilities (incl. plug-n-play office space and meeting rooms, labs and library, cafeteria and business services) over an extended period of time (for up to 18 months). More importantly, during this period, the startups can also collaborate with institute faculty / researchers to develop their product, acquire their initial customer(s) and secure their next round of funding.
IIITB Innovation Centre incubates ideas / ventures that leverage information technology. In general, the center looks at ideas / ventures that are:
Consequently, it is essential that for each of the incubating startups, there is at least one IIIT-B faculty who is interested in that startup and signs up as an anchor faculty - helps that startup with access to labs, tools and possibly spend some time at regular intervals guiding the startup in their product development.
We run the Accelerator program in cohorts with the Spring cohort scheduled between mid-Apr to mid-Aug and the Fall cohort between mid-Oct to mid-Feb.
Please find more details about the Accelerator Documents (detailing terms and conditions) that need to be signed by startups, confirming their participation in the Accelerator Program:
The startups benefit from the following offerings:
The I-MACX Summit is a civic-tech focused 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).