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India Mobile Congress 2019 hosts Grand Innovation Challenge

India Mobile Congress 2019 held the Grand Innovation Challenge to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and skill development by encouraging startups and new entrepreneurs in the telecom sector.

The India Mobile Congress 2019 attempts to identify unique solutions and encourage development of innovative products and solutions that can improve connectivity, enhance user experience and facilitate India’s digital transformation and empowerment.

IMC 2019The platform is not only relevant for early stage startups, but is also important for scaling stage startups, individuals and accelerators.

The innovators were felicitated by Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Also present on the occasion was Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI.

Any individual, institution, Lab, Company or Startup in India developing any innovative product or service were eligible to take part in the innovation challenge.

The IMC Grand Innovation Challenge Awards 2019 were organised in association with AGNIi and Invest India, supported by NALCO ETBI, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Ltd. and Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI stated, “We are pleased to announce the winners of the Grand Innovation Challenge Awards, 2019. India is a young country with a lot of potential and promises. This explains how we are the second largest startup ecosystem in the world today.”

He also said, “Through this awards program, we looked to identify viable solutions that will support the densification of IoT, solutions around network modernization, managed services, customer experience and security & compliance, modern agricultural technology, data privacy and cybersecurity, innovative solutions that would directly impact revenue streams of enterprises, give rise to different business models and enhance overall experience.”

“Special emphasis was put on technology-driven learning apps and other transformative digital tools that will make education more interactive and immersive than what it is today. Over 110 companies participated in this challenge”, he added.

There are several incentives in India Mobile Congress 2019 that the winning startups will be eligible to avail of. These include fiscal incentive of upto to INR 20 lakh (as investment fund) for selected start-ups, induction ‘Emerging Technology Business Incubator’ at NALCO CoETE for selected start-ups, access to test beds and technologies available to Airtel, Jio and Vodafone India Pvt Ltd.

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