Qualcomm has declared the winners of its fifth edition of Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, India’s longest-running hardware startup incubation program.
Twelve of India’s top startups were selected among dozens of applicants for incubation in areas of technology, business and intellectual property rights.
Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, Qualcomm India Private Limited and President, Qualcomm India, said, “In its fifth year Qualcomm Design in India Challenge has presented an opportunity to identify and back some of the most promising startups whose solutions could help people and businesses recover strongly from the effects of pandemic and look forward to sustained growth enabled by technology. I am proud of the initiative and the creativity that the 2020 cohort has demonstrated, and we are proud to support the winners in taking their ideas forward.”
Sudeepto Roy, Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Incorporated, said, “We are proud and privileged to have been able to strengthen the startup ecosystem in the country for the last five years through the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge. We will continue to invest in purposeful innovations that are transforming the mobility space and crucial sectors such as agriculture to healthcare. Our larger mission is to cater to the emerging tech talent at the grassroots level by offering them a unique combination of incubation in technology, business and patenting areas while enabling their hardware and systems designs through access to Qualcomm Technologies’ platforms and technologies. We believe that the success of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge startups is akin to our success. As India strives to become the global powerhouse of technology, we are privileged to be empowering startups like Adiuvo Diagnostics who are developing state-of-the-art healthcare solutions.”
Three winners were chosen after completing the annual incubation cycle. Adiuvo Diagnostics for their solution for early disease detection through optoelectronics was the winner of the 2020 cohort, bagging an award of INR 65 lakh.
Planys Technologies and Wellnesys Technologies with their innovative technology offerings in underwater robotic inspection and digital healthcare respectively, were the first and second runners-up, winning awards of INR 50 lakh and INR 35 lakh.
Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2020 cycle partnered with AGNIi – The National Technology Commercialization Program executed at Invest India, as an outreach partner and received 155 applications from over 20 states including many in the north-east.