GDC builds capacity in researchers from STEM universities, incubators, research institutions and corporates to maximise the impact of deep-tech research through scalable start-ups. By enabling faculty and researchers in STEM universities across India to commercialise their research ideas and innovations, we help them go from lab to market.
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Boot camp for early-stage start-up teams from
university labs, to search for the elusive
Helps Principal Investigators to formulate a research proposal that is persuasive and outcome-oriented, and improves chances of winning that grant
An Entrepreneur-in-Residence program that pairs entrepreneurs with academic researchers to form a balanced team for deep-tech start-ups
Enables budding entrepreneurs at university-linked incubators and pre-incubators to develop their Entrepreneurial Quotient
A successor program to I-NCUBATE; helps the founders of a start-up find a product-market fit and develop their start-up to a level of maturity acceptable to commercial investors
Team Meraki from IISc set out to address a widespread, troubling condition affecting almost a fifth of adult Indian women at some point in their lives. Urinary incontinence is a distressing medical condition wherein a person is unable to control the flow of urine. Clearly, such an ailment causes physical pain, social discomfiture, and a lot of psychological stress to the person concerned. When the Meraki team conceived of their innovation as a treatment solution to this problem, they were certain that all women affected would rush to avail of it.
Physiotherapy patients routinely perform a prescribed sequence of repetitive exercises as part of their rehabilitation plan. Recognizing the monotony that such patients experience, Team Robo-Rehab devised a robotic rehabilitation device that gamified physiotherapy exercises to make rehabilitation more fun. The team joined the I-NCUBATE program wanting to get clarity on how to develop their product better.
Team Tan90 comprised a confident set of Masters/PhD students from IIT Madras. They had won a student’s innovation contest with a cold storage box they had built. The experience encouraged them to think about building a startup around their innovation. They refined their technology with the guidance of a professor and they also joined the first cohort of the I-NCUBATE program under his guidance.
Drawing from personal experiences, Team Tattva Shodh from ICT - Mumbai designed a point-of-care device for monitoring conditions during pregnancy. The team comprising experienced researchers came into the I-NCUBATE program expecting to find customers and learn how to market their product.
Team Pico Distribute from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham were working on building a smart-city platform incorporating connected mobility, AI-based smart energy management and real time visualisation. The young and enthusiastic team joined the I-NCUBATE program, confident that they had a world-changing idea.
Team Theevanam was an ideal team – almost tailored for the I-NCUBATE program. They had two faculty leads, an industry mentor, and an enthusiastic entrepreneurial team that was technically knowledgeable. Through research in Biotechnology, Theevanam had developed a food additive that boosted the immunity characteristics of animal and human health products. The team thought that their innovation had wide application in aquaculture, poultry and human health products.
Team Thermelgy was an “experienced” team, in the sense that the professor (Faculty Lead) had already been through the I-NCUBATE program twice earlier with other startups. Besides three enthusiastic Entrepreneur Lead, Thermelgy already had an anchor investor, who was a successful entrepreneur in Thermelgy’s line of business, namely, energy efficiency.