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Please note that I-MACX has a long-standing policy against accepting or reviewing unsolicited submissions of creative / confidential materials. Please do not send us your innovations, venture ideas, business plans or other creative / confidential materials through this website or through email - UNSOLICITED. We will not be able to consider them. Thanks for your understanding.

This year (2018), our focus is on "Cognitive Computing + Platform Economics" - machine learning, natural language processing, speech & image recognition, human-computer interaction (conversational software that interacts with users in a way that is increasingly similar to how humans interact with each other - using text and voice, naturally).

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Our Story

Innovation Space: Our Beginnings (1999 - 2008)

Prof. Sadagopan helped establish the International Institute of Information Technology, a Deemed University, popularly known as IIIT-B. The Institute is a registered not-for-profit society funded jointly by the Government of Karnataka and the IT industry. It was established in 1999 with a vision to contribute to the IT world by focusing on education and research, entrepreneurship and innovation.

During this time, startups setup their offices on campus in order to benefit from the wonderful & creative ambience.

Innovation Centre: Seed Investor (2008 - 2012)

Prof. Rajagopalan later joined Prof. Sadagopan in establishing the IIIT-B Innovation Centre. Hosted within IIIT-B University Campus in Bangalore's Electronics City, IIIT-B Innovation Centre is a hub for ICT4D research, innovation & entrepreneurship.

Incorporated in the year 2009 as a section-8 not-for-profit company, 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

As one of the STARTUP INCUBATION centres approved by Governments of India and Karnataka, IIIT-B Innovation Centre received and invested (pre-seed / seed) Government of India's TIDE grants in innovative startups during this period. The startups that are chosen for investment offer solutions that are:
  • Non-Trivial: Not easily replicable - with sufficient barriers to entry
  • Novel: Not me too - Innovative in nature
  • Nifty: Can start generating revenue within 2-3 year time frame

Details about IIIT-B Innovation Centre are available at the following government websites: Startup India - List of Incubation Centres Supported by DST, DEITY-TIDE, Prime Minister's MyGov Initiative and Department of IT-BT, Karnataka


Innovation Centre: Incubator (2012 - 2015)

Mr. Jagadish became the first CEO of the Innovation Centre in 2012 and helped streamline the operations & seed-funding ativities of the Innovation Centre. By 2015, Innovation Centre had nurtured around 20+ startups and had invested in 7 startups (utilizing the grants received under the TIDE scheme of Government of India).

Click here to view the list of ventures Incubated at our Innovation Centre (Yr. 1999-2015).

IIIT-B Startups on ET (2014)

ET Now - The Economic Times featuring IIIT-B's Innovation and Incubation center.

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Ecosystem @ IIITB (2015)

Startup Ecosystem @ IIITB

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Accelerator (2015)

I-MACX Axle: A 100-day Accelerator that helps you realize your entrepreneurial ambitions, convert your proof-of-concept to a MVP, acquire your first customer and possibly secure your first round of angel funding.

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Student Entrepreneur (2017)

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Innovation Centre: Early Stage Accelerator (2014 - 2016)

As Innovation Centre's activities gained momentum, Prof. Ramesh Sundararaman joined Mr. Jagadish's team in 2014 to launch a Civic-Tech focused intiative named I-MACX (IOT to Mobility Apps for Community Excellence). Born out of Government of Karnataka's Vision 2020 Initiative, I-MACX was envisioned as an initiative that helps nurture startups that address the needs of our citizens, our communities and our governments through technology.

As part of this I-MACX Initiative, early 2014, a Startup Accelerator "I-MACX Accelerator" was launched to help civic-tech startups that focus on building socially-relevant solutions targeting healthcare, education, transportation, energy, governance and culture.

Being a zero-fee, zero-equity, cohort-based, 100-day early-stage accelerator program, the I-MACX Accelerator focused on startups that build solutions using cutting-edge technologies / business models (mobile apps, marketplaces, data analytics, IOT).

The accelerator helped accelerate more than 15+ startups between 2014-16.

Click here to view the list of ventures Accelerated as part of I-MACX Accelerator (Yr. 2014-2016).

Since 2017: I-MACX Studios

I-MACX Studios: Accelerating Civic Excellence (Since 2017)

Based on the experience gained over the years - from incubating 20+ startups, accelerating 15+ civic-tech startups and taking into account the strengths of IIIT-B community, IIIT-B Innovation Centre's innovation and incubation activities was relaunched under the brand name "I-MACX Studios".

In this new avatar, I-MACX Studios' mandate is to help facilitate research-led collaborative, social innovation & entrepreneurship. As part of the Studios, we help build technology solutions for the society, in collaboration with our program participants (be it startups or otherwise). Such solutions also benefit from the ongoing research activities within IIIT-B (at its different centres including Centre for IT & Public Policy, eHealth Research Centre, Centre for Data Sciences, Centre for Machine Intelligence & Robotics).

Currently at the studios, we:

  • Help entrepreneurs build solutions in specific areas of technology focus for I-MACX: IOT, Mobility, Analytics and Connectivity
  • Cover various aspects of building solutions: problem / purpose, product, platform integration, data science, branding, revenue and fundraising
  • Execute prototype-stage investments in committed people and innovative & impactful firms
  • Conduct Demo Days to showcase Creations to Investors
  • Consult Government / Social organizations on technology deployments
  • Conduct RISE / Civic-Tech Summits & associated workshops
  • Conduct sessions on Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Spirituality, etc.
  • Conduct Hackathons & Competitions that focus on addressing social challenges
  • Invite Social Leaders to share their viewpoints
  • Research on the impact of technology on society

Coming Soon

I-Access with Vision Empower

Making STEM Education Accessible for the Visually Challenged

Nervio Cloud with Athinio

Enabling Secure Public Cloud Adoption

AYUSH-EHR with HealtheLife

Streamline Treatment Proceses, Deliver Better Care

I-MACX Profiles

Our Board of Directors

Prof. Sadagopan

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

Prof. Kumar K

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

Prof. Murali CS

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

Prof. Gayatri Saberwal

Director, IIIT-B Innovation Centre and Faculty, IBAB

Prof. Srinath Srinivasa

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

Prof. Ramesh Sundararaman

CEO, IIIT-B Innovation Centre

Prof. Rajagopalan

Advisor, IIITB Innovation Centre

Mr. DV Jagadish

Advisor, IIITB Innovation Centre

Prof. Balaji

Advisor, IIITB Innovation Centre

Studio Advisory Council

Mr. VS Prakash

Founder Special Director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre

Mr. Subrahmanyam Ivatury

CEO & Co-founder - Social Convergence; Global Council - UN Impact 2030

Mr. Venkatesh

Founder - Nextword Media; Knight International Journalism Fellow

Mr. Varad Krishnan

MD, Induct India & Open Innovation Champion

Mr. Pradeep

CEO, Confianzys Consulting & Product Management Evangelist

Mr. Rajesh

Startup Mentor - Go To Market; Advertising & Media Professional

Life at I-MACX

Company FAQs

When was IIIT-B Innovation Centre incorporated?

IIIT-B Innovation Centre was incorporated as a Sec 8, Not-for-Profit company in the state of Karnataka on 31st March 2009.

I have a great idea for I-MACX Studios.  Can I send it to you?

I-MACX does not accept submission of any kind of creative, confidential information. For legal reasons we do not consider any creative material (software, design, business plans, sketches, etc.) sent to us unsolicited.

Can the public tour the I-MACX facility?

Due to production demands and confidentiality issues, we are a closed studio and do not offer tours.

I am a journalist seeking to interview an I-MACX employee. Whom can I contact regarding my request?

Please send an email message containing all pertinent details (the nature of the story, the person with whom you wish to speak, the timeline, information regarding your publication or outlet, etc.).

I am working on a school project. Can I interview someone from I-MACX or will you please send me materials that I can use as part of a presentation?

We receive a large number of requests for information in connection with student projects; unfortunately, we are not able to respond to each one individually. This website, however, contains answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about I-MACX, our employees, the work that is done at our studios, and information about the innovation activities as a whole.