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Monday, December 31, 2007

Piramel Prize

The Piramal Prize was established by the Ajay G. Piramal Foundation in 2007 to encourage and support bold entrepreneurial ideas which have a profound impact on access to higher standards of health for India’s rural and marginalized urban communities. The award recognizes high-impact, scalable business models that propose innovative solutions which directly or indirectly address India’s healthcare crisis. Entries may include, but are not limited to, innovations in service delivery, technology applications, health-related products, or mechanisms to address public health necessities such as potable water.

Saturday, December 29, 2007


KAIHAN KRIPPENDORFF, author and trainer on `Innovation & Strategy' will be in India in February for management workshops organised by Knowledge capital.The 1 Day Strategy & Innovation Workshop is based on Kaihan’s book The Art of the Advantage.
For more information please visit

Friday, December 28, 2007


Indian organizations are active working on biofuels like Jatropha, Sugar beet, fungus. Check summery of 26 sources as Biofuels compiled by Adena DeMonte.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

IBM predictions for 2008

New year is round the corner and for Geeks who do not believe in astrology IBM can be a better choice for what is in store for them in 2008- the predictions for 2008. The five predictions are:

1. smart energy technologies to manage personal carbon footprint
2. intelligent traffic systems
3.tracking food source from farm to market
4.compressed 3D imaging on mobile
5.super senses for diagnostics.

There are many Indian start-ups working on all these areas. One of them is Vikas sarma ready with an alpha version for capturing all information a consumer wants to know - of the farm which has grown his fruits, type of pesticides used, packaging system etc.

Samsung tops design patents in 2007

In 2007, Samsung Electronics received over 550 design patents - the most ever issued to a single company in one year. Sony holds the most design patents, and is followed closely by Nike.... read

Monday, December 24, 2007

open source for drug discovery

Open source movement gets a boost with Prof Samir K Brahmachari, DG, CSIR announcing open source revolution in drug discovery and biotechnology. The report says "The government has begun discussions with Sun Microsystems to set up web-management tools for an ‘open source’ drug discovery project, which works similar to a popular online encyclopaedia formed by articles contributed and edited by the brightest minds worldwide. The first project would be to develop medicines for tuberculosis and later extend to other diseases like malaria and AIDS".


Start-up Quark Rank is in the news with their point-of-sale search engine. Customers can get this comparative data on competitive products without elaborate online search.

3D Solid Compression

3D Solid Compression (P) Ltd (3DSoC) is a spin-off from Indian Institute of Science and Stanford University. The start-up has developed and patented a technology called VIS, a very concise and lightweight 3D representation, comprising of geometry, text, sound, animation, textures and interaction.VIS will find applications in the 3D Publishing and Visualisation space across industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Heavy Equipment Manufacturing, Marine & Offshore Drilling and Healthcare to create electronic catalogues, manuals and digital mockups. It can also used in the Education, Media & Entertainment industry to create content in the Gaming/Animation space both for recreation and training.

Prof B Gurumoorthy who was teaching product design at IISc teamed with Dr Krishnan Ramaswami and Prof Fritz PrintZ of Stanford university to start this technology venture.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Branded coffee from tribals

INDIA’S first tribal growers’ organic coffee brand was launched in the Araku Valley by Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh. The Araku Emerald brand was derived from the only coffee in India to be grown by a tribal co-operative and to have received both an international and a Fair Trade certification. Some 4,000 tribals were present at the

Bioremediation patent for Prof. K.M. Elizabeth

Prof. K.M. Elizabeth of the Department of Microbiology in Gitam University has succeeded in ammonia removal from industrial effluents through a bio-remediation method and has obtained a patent for the method, which will be of use in steel industry in particular. The inventor claims ' the bacterium identified by him can remove 100 per cent ammonia within 24 hours, according to Nessler’s method, and 75 per cent according to the Russian method of Nesselerisation'. This is an indication of quality research work done in lesser known universities.

vision chip from X Cyton

Bangalore-based XCyton Diagnostics has launched the DNA macro chip, a molecular diagnostic kit, for identifying a range of pathogens causing eye diseases in the country recently. Promotor of this technology start-up, Dr. Ravi Kumar served as a scientist at AstraZeneca Research Foundation from 1986 to 1993 after which he went on to set up XCyton Diagnostics Limited.Scientists from the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) along with clinicians at the L V Prasad Eye Institute, both in Hyderabad; from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, and the RP Centre, New Delhi, have under the New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI) programme of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), developed the DNA based diagnostic chip.

Novatiums thin client PC $50

Thin Client computers, MIT's $100 low cost PC are in the news at regular intervals. In Delhi, it is a now a reality. Novatium in association with MTNL is offering NET PC at Rs 1999/- exclusive of Monitor. Three visionaries have made it possible, Ray Stata (Analogue devices), Rajesh Jain (serial innovator) and celebrity mentor Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Head Start 2008

HeadStart conference is aimed at showcasing the state-of-the-art products and technologies developed in India. Next event is from the 18th -20th of January 2008, at JN Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The focus areas are:
consumer services (web and mobile), Mobility & Communications, Enterprise applications and Development tools, and Silicon and Consumer devices.


proto showcasing Indian start-ups is having its next show in January 18-19th at Asiana Hotel, Chennai. Registration is now open. Vijay Anand reports participation of VCs Mentor Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Ventureast, Lightspeed Ventures, Helion Ventures, Nexus India Capital, Silicon Valley Bank. Writing about status of 40 odd start-ups that participated in 2007, the organizers cited several successes like Tenmiles Corportaion, Vyasya, Sloka telecom, Inasra, Lxigo.

Garuda-nationwide computer grid

Nation wide computing grid, brainchild of Ramky, DG, CDAC seems ready for take-off. Seema in MINT reports "the 100 megabits per second grid is currently up and running with 500 processors connected to it and C-DAC intends to upgrade the network to operational speeds of 10 gigabits per second within a year.".

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Natco gets Thomson Sceintific innovation award

CNN reports that Natco Research Centre reeived Thomson Scientific Innovation award for the year 2007.The award, presented for the first time at the InfoVision 2007 conference in Mumbai, India, went to Natco Research Center for their achievements through patented technology as recorded in Thomson Scientific patent information services. The report says that Natco was determined to be the most efficient innovator by ranking the number of inventions per R&D spend.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

100 IT Innovators 2007

NASSCOM announced list of 100 IT Innovators, a handbook giving details will be released during NaSSCOM2008 Leadership Forum meeting scheduled from 13th to 15th February at Mumbai. Registration is now open.

Innovation Predictions 2008 BW

Innovation Predictions 2008 by BW includes the Indian favorite `mobile application' besides charting larger territory for Innovation consultancy from BD (Business Design) curriculum for B-schools to IM (Innovation Management) for Executive Training. May be enterprising Innovation Consultants can begin training CEO's at the retreat designed by Mumbai Architects, winner of Design for Asia awards.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Fund for Accelerating Start-ups in Technology (FAST)

There has been much discussion on the need for an early stage fund. DSIR has now come up with this FAST program. Interested start-ups can write to asraoatnicdotin. Or post comments at

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

VCs fund new building system

Do VCs fund innovations in civil engg?
ConXtech, a start-up in USA, receives VC fund for its business model based on innovative way of constructing multi storied building.

During the field assembly process, ConXBeams are lowered and locked into place between ConXColumns from the top down. The ends of beam connectors immediately and easily lock into place resulting in an instant stable connection…

After the structure is assembled, high-strength bolts and custom washers filled with fluorescent orange silicon gel that squirts when the pre-load reaches the desired tension are inserted diagonally into the four corners of the adjoining outer-collar plates on all SMRSF connections. A hydraulic torque wrench is then used to tighten the bolts…

source: Venture Beat

World Food prize 2008

Nominations are now being taken for the $250,000 World Food Prize. Any individual is eligible whose breakthrough innovations in science, policy, or leadership have significantly improved the quality, quantity, or availability of food globally. The deadline is April 1, 2008.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

International Honor for Young Indian Scientists

Scopus® announced the Second Young Indian Scientist Awards which were awarded at an event held at “Le Meridian” in New Delhi on December 7. The award instituted by the parent company Elsevier has selected nine recipients from areas such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environment and Engineering in order to cover both basic and applied disciplines.
The winners are:
Dr. Bakhtisaran Raman - Biological Sciences
Dr. Anil Kumar - Chemistry
Dr. S K Satheesh - Earth Sciences
Dr. Sanjay Mittal - Engineering Sciences
Dr. Dinesh Mohan - Environmental Sciences
Dr. Upadrastha Ramamurthy - Material Sciences
Dr. Nimish A Shah - Mathematics
Dr. Sushil Kumar Jha- Medicine
Dr. Vinod Kumar Aswal - Physics

Saturday, December 08, 2007

TiE entrepreneurial summit

This is coming up as a major event from 11th to 13th December, Taj Palace Hotel , New Delhi. Dataquest awards are planned on 11th at 1915 hrs. Building India is the theme. An unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet VCs and network.

Setting up and Managing a Business Incubator in an academic environment

SINE (Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) , the incubator at IIT Mumbai is organizing this workshop on 21/12/2007 at IIT. There is no registration fee.
The workshop aims to share the experiences of IIT Bombay for setting up & managing a business incubator in an academic environment.
Poyni Bhatt
Chief Administrative Officer
Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
IIT Bombay
Powai, Mumbai - 400 076
Tel.: +91 22 25767072, 25767016
Fax: +91 22 25721220

Friday, December 07, 2007

Discoveries to Dividends: Leveraging India's Cost-Effective Innovation Resources

Discoveries to Dividends was prepared by experienced and influential R&D professionals led by the Chairman and CEO of Sarasijam Technologies, Dr. T.S.R. Prasada Rao. Dr. Rao has 40 years of R&D experience and was the chief executive of two national laboratories, the Indian Institute of Petroleum and the Central Building Research Institute. Recognized globally with 17 awards,
Dr. Rao has developed and commercialized more than 10 technologies and published 150 papers, 50 patents, and 3 books. After founding Sarasijam in 1999, Dr. Rao has led the firm to service clients such as BP, Shell, GTC, BASF, Johns-Manville, Air Products, and Dow.

The Discoveries to Dividends study includes:
A comprehensive 100+ page report, 2 hard copies, one soft copy, PPT plus Five days of Sarasijam’s consulting over 3-6 months.

T.S.R. Prasada Rao, Ph.D.
Chairman & CEO
Sarasijam Technologies
DDA HIG Flats, Flat No. 600
Sector 13, Pocket B
New Delhi 110045, India

+91 981 033 8091

International conference on Advances in Energy research ,Dec 12-14

International conference on Advances in Energy research is planned at IIT Mumbai from 12th to 14th December 2007.
Contact person: Rangan Banerjee

IDG Ventures India

IDG Ventures India is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in technology and technology-enabled companies, promoted by Sudhir Sethi. The fund has invested $ 2.5 million in iViZ, a network security startup in the security and vulnerability management market with an automated and on demand penetration testing product. This start-up was promoted by Bikash Barai, a double B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur in 'Computer Science' (Hons) and 'Architecture'; Masters in 'Computer Science and Information Technology' from IIT Kharagpur

IDG is scouting investment opportunities in four areas:

  • Software products and services with a focus on business intelligence, security and 3D technology
  • Engineering, electronics and life sciences with a focus on aero space, automotive
  • Medical electronics and renewable energy,
  • Digital consumer with a focus on Internet, mobile VAS and games and Telecom, semi conductor and wireless.
Source:Network computing

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Award winning Business Plan from James Poss

James Poss of Sea Horse gives useful tips to entrepreneurs about writing business plan. His business plan made in 2004 got him award, the company making solar powered trash compactors did take-off and reflecting back on his plan, he offers useful advise on how the reality could be different from even an award winning business plan. Download the annotated business plan from Business week.

India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC)

Techtree reports that British Telecom (BT) is leading a consortium of 22 industry- and academic- partners such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to launch the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC). IU-ATC, a virtual graduate research school, will support collaborative- PhD and Post Doctorate projects and research programs, and technology transfer between the UK and India. Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT believes that the global connectivity of this virtual consortium will ensure rapid transfer of ideas and technology with the aim of creating breakthrough next generation network (NGN) and ICT research.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

CTRI gets patent for Solansole

Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI) based in Guntur in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has bagged the patent rights for for ‘solansole’ (a medicine extracted from tobacco for use in the manufacture of cancer and cardiac drugs). As per MedIndia news Chinese producer Nanjing Huaguan Development Of Biotechnology Co is the major global supplier.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


Everyone in India is familiar with charka, the yarn spinning wheel. Innovator Rajsekhar applied for a patent for his E-Charka.The invention here is about producing electricity from the same charaka along with production of yarn. The manual motive power used for operating the charaka is connected to a desired phased electrical generator. The generated electricity is then stored in a storage battery. This stored electrical energy is used for operating Light using a LED.

Technology Pioneers 2008

World Economic Forums's `Technology Pioneers 2008' list includes one Indian start-up; Neurosynaptic Communications Pvt Ltd in Biotechnology/health sector and another Indian promoted US venture Nanosteller In Energy/Environment sector.

Neurosynaptic Communications is a telemedicine solutions company which has developed a remote low cost diagnostic kit to measure four primary parameters, viz temperature, blood pressure, ECG and heartbeat (stethescope) for teleconsultation.The ReMeDi™ (Remote Medical
Diagnostics) range of products and comprehensive telemedicine solution developed byNeurosynaptic in collaboration with the TeNeT group of the IIT Madras, allows transmission of various vital parameters about the patient to a doctor for preliminary diagnosis, either in real-time or in a store-and-forward mode.
Pankaj Dhingra's Nanosteller
is a clean technology company. Its Rational Catalyst Design methodology unites two disciplines – computational nano-science and advanced synthetic chemistry – to speed the pace of development for nanoscaled catalytic materials for diesel emissions control.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Henkel Innovation Trophy

Do you have a granted patent or a published patent application, or a registered and published utility model or design?
Is it in one of the 3 business sectors:
  • Laundry & Home Care
  • Cosmetics/Toiletries
  • Adhesives Technologies
Then apply to Henkel for Innovation partnership.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

i2india Holdings Ltd

Imperial Innovations Group plc (AIM:IVO), announced that £1.5 million of seed funding has been raised for i2india Holdings Limited (“i2india”), a technology commercialisation and investment company focused on creating commercial value from intellectual property developed in India. Imperial Innovations holds a 35% stake in the company.Susan Searle, CEO of Imperial Innovations, joins the board of i2india as a director alongside Chris Mathias, an entrepreneur and co-founder of Conduit Communications, a software and web development company.

source: VC circle

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sloka Telecom powers the first 5.8GHz WiMAX network in France

Sloka Telecom, an Indian wireless infrastructure company announced that their WiMAX base stations and network solutions will be been deployed by Supernet Technologies (an RT Networx Company) in the town of Saint Medard en Jalles of France in December 2007. Sloka Telecom's WiMAX equipment is powered by Wavesat's chipset.

Sloka is a start-up providing solutions for next generation wireless networks. Sloka offers its fixed/nomadic WiMAX IEEE802.16-2004 portfolio of products consisting of Base Stations, CPEs, AAA and NMS. Sloka specializes in making compact, all outdoor, cost-effective, easy-to-install and easy-to-manage base stations giving the same coverage but configurable capacity to suit requirements of most emerging market deployments and small-to-medium WISP deployments.
Company website

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Government issues Circular on border enforcement of IPRs

In its Circular dated October 29, 2007 (“Circular”), the Central Board of Excise & Customs under the Ministry of Finance, India, has issued instructions to the relevant customs and excise authorities, for implementation of the Intellectual Property Rights (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules, 2007 (“IPR Rules”) dated May 8, 2007. The IPR Rules emanate from Section 11 of the Customs Act, 1952 which empowers the Central Government to prohibit import or export of goods infringing intellectual property rights. Before the notification of the IPR Rules, the notification of January 18, 1964, prohibited import of goods infringing trademarks and design. These new IPR Rules prohibit import of goods infringing patent, copyright and geographical indications as well .
source: Nishit Desai Associates

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

20 worst VC investments

Learn from failures? Take a look at ventures that bombed. CRM news letter lists 20 worst VC investments with VC investment ranging from $360 million in Amp'd Mobile to $20 miilio Digi Scents.

Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI)

MIT and the government of Indias Department of Biotechnology today launched a partnership that will result in the creation of a new Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) in India.This new institute, which will be modeled after the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), will include faculty from multiple disciplines and professions, offer degrees through multidisciplinary programs, and develop strong ties with other institutions. Funded by the Indian government, the Indian HST will be a multidisciplinary, multiprofessional research and training center that is highly interconnected with regional centers of excellence.
Contact:MIT News Office,Pamela Dumas Serfes, 617-253-2703,
(source: Business wire)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

IP Protection in Korea

JKL Intellectual Property Law Firm offers services for IP related work in Korea. Typical charges for PCT filing is $538/- inclusive of official fee and Attorney fee.



Monday, November 05, 2007

Innovations 2008

IITBombay Alumni Association - Pune Chapter is organizing Innovations2008 at Pune on 5th and 6th January., 2008.
Shantaram Kane - Selection Panel Coordinator - IITBAA -Pune Chapter
1, Indradhanushya Apt.
Agarkar Road, 827/A Shivaji Nagar
Pune 411 004
Tel: 91 - 20 - 2567 2833 OR 2567 6160

Infocom 2007

ABP Pvt Ltd (Business World) is organizing Information & Communication Technology (ICT) conference & Exhibition , Infocom 2007, in Hyderabad from 28th November - 1st December 2007 at International Convention Centre, Hyderabad

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Radix opportunity assessment

Radix opportunity assessment is a 120 day package offer from Radix to assess IP/ Technology. Output is a customised commercialisation strategy. See details at:
Contact pserson: Krishnan Venkataraman,

Indo-Canadian Symposium on medicinal plants and functional foods

Federation of Indian Herbal Industry (FIHI) and Sinhgad Institute of Pharmacy, Lonavala are organising `The 3rd Indo Canadian Symposium on Medicinal Plants and functional foods in the management of Diabetes obesity and cardiovascular diseases' at Lonavala (100 km from Mumbai) from February 23rd to 25th 2008. Contact person:
Prof Vimala Devi, President,FIHI at

World Development Report 2008

World development report 2008 focuses on agriculture. Chapter 7 deals with innovating through science and technology. Download report from:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


The ambitious international project Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) was launched in 1998 by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). Project envisaged to help conserve the fast disappearing big cats and preserve genetic diversity of selected species of animals. The methods used to conserve and propagate these species are artificial insemination, in vitro fertilisation, transfer of embryo and finally cloning. As part of this project, artificial insemination of big cats was tried for the first time. Between April 2000 and January 2001, four lionesses were artificially inseminated 12 times while three such trials were also done in the case of a female leopard. But CCMB did not get any success in terms of obtaining pregnancy following insemination.Success had come with the birth of a live fawn by Black Buck artificially inseminated b non-surgical intra-vaginal insemination.


MEMS Innovation Fest 2007

The first international conference on MEMS innovation is going to be held at Bangalore on 9th & 10th December 2007, with an unique theme based on 'BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN PROTOTYPE TO COMMERCIALISATION'. There will be a workshop on MEMS by Dr Vincent, co-founder & Vice President, Asia Pacific Microsystems,Taiwan.
Contact: sayanu pamidighantam at

Monday, October 29, 2007

Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA)

Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA) is an initiative of CII and the Government of India (DST) for promotion and facilitation of International Technology Programmes for the benefit of Indian Industry and Institutions. GITA is organizing Technology platform at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 14th to 15th November 2007. GITA works as a promotion, management, execution arm of DSTs International Cooperation Division (ICD).

New American legislation on S&T, Innovation &Competitiveness

Earlier this year, both the U.S. House and Senate passed comprehensive legislation (H.R. 2272, S. 761) to ensure US competitive position in the world through improvements to math and science education and a strong commitment to research. There will be a a President’s Council on Innovation and Competitiveness ; a directive that each federal research agency should support and promote innovation through funding for high-risk, high-reward research.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


KM India 2007 annual summit is planned on 14th to 16th in New Delhi. Master classes include talk by Christian Bason on `Giving innovation a home'. Christian is Manager at Mindlab and is the author of books in Danish "Innovating Welfare - leading fresh thinking in the public sector".

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Indian Abacus

Chinese Abacus , Japanese Abacus- everyone heard of them. But Indian Abacus- little known among general public yet creating wave of excitement among mathematics teachers and students has come from innovator M.S. Nethrapal, an IPS officer with a BTech from IIT Madras and MBA from IIM Bangalore. He invented the e-square-m speed maths and new abacus system which implements all the vedic operations in it.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ananth Technologies

Ananth technologies receives DSIR in-house R&D award Electronics for development of 12 Channel rotary telemetry system for Gas Turbine.Dr. Subba Rao Pavuluri, M.D has been awarded the prestigious "BHASKARA" award for the year 1999. This award was in recognition of Dr. Rao's significant and unique contribution to the Remote Sensing programme by the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) in recognising Dr Rao's significant efforts. This was followed by another award for "Excellence in Electronics R & D and for the outstanding Performance for the year 2001-02" by Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, New Delhi.

India R&D 2007

FICCI and CSIR are organizing India R&D 2007 conference in New Delhi on 5th & 6th December. Check for details at

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Skills India

The SKILLS portal , a new initiative of DST and UNDP, has been developed to serve the purpose of being a repository of information for vocational course and trades that have potential for both wage and self-employment. The portal provides course material, toolkit details and competencies in several trades. The institutions that offer courses related to these trades and also details regarding institutional infrastructure and capabilities are provided. Registered users of the portal can contribute course material for new trades, relevant articles, whitepapers and any other information useful for this community.

India Innovation conference-CII

CII Innovation Conclave scheduled in New Delhi for the 15th - 16th November. Anchored by EREHWON and CII the summit 'Accelerating Product & Business Model Innovation' is designed to bring together cutting edge innovators across industries, to discuss and share their stories on ‘Product and Business model Innovations – Challenges and opportunities’ and make India the fountainhead of innovation for the world.
Contact person:
Abhay Kumar Sinha
In Charge – Manufacturing Competitiveness Sub-Committee, CII - NR
Head - Western U.P. Zonal Office, CII
CMA Tower, A-2E, Mezzanine Floor, Sector-24, Noida
Tel-0120-4345972(D), 73, 4231957
Fax:-0120-4345970, Mobile:- 9818523517

BioAsia Innovation Award for Young Scientists-2008

BioAsia Innovation Award was introduced for the first time in BioAsia 2007 through Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) to promote Innovation among the young Scientists below the age of 35.Dr. Madhusudan Reddy Nandineni received the award for his proposal on “A Microbial Process for L-Arginine Production”.

Now, proposals are invited for BioAsia 2008 award. Closing date: 1st January 2008.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

DNA testing for less than 200 US dollars

GeneTree and both sell DNA kits for less than $200. Users can build online family trees and contact others with DNA matches to compare family histories. Both GeneTree and Ancestry use DNA test kits from Sorenson Genomics.GeneTree sends mouthwash that users swirl in their mouths, spit into a container and mail back for $99 or $149, depending on how much DNA the user wants analyzed. With Ancestry, users return a cheek swab. Ancestry offers a greater variety of tests; the one comparable to GeneTree's higher-end offering costs $179.
Source: Technology Review

Research Grants from MIT Deshpande Centre

What is hot in research? One indication is Research Grants from MIT Deshpande Centre. See the list for 2007 and pick yr winners.

The fall 2007 grant recipients are:
Continuous Drug Delivery: Yet-Ming Chiang
A new device to provide medicine through a portable delivery device to assist individuals with chronic diseases (renewal from fall 2006 grant round).

CD-4 T Lymphocyte-Counting Microchip: Utkan Demirci
A disposable CD-4 T lymphocyte-counting microchip providing fast, cost-effective on-site HIV virus monitoring to improve patient care in the developing world.

Drug Delivery for Heart Surgery Patients: Elazer Edelman
A unique means of safely administering peri-operative drugs for heart failure patients.

Compound to Enhance Immune Stimulation: Gerald Fink
A compound to stimulate a more powerful immune response to specific monoclonal antibodies, potentially enabling development of effective new disease therapies.

Energy Storage in Carbon Nanotube Super-Springs: Carol Livermore and Timothy Havel
A dramatically improved mechanical energy storage system that could lead to new products such as mechanical watches than run for a month between windings (renewal from Fall 2006 grant round).

Power Source for Terahertz Imaging: Keith Nelson
A compact power source enabling safe and efficient terahertz imaging for explosive detection and other applications.

High-Amperage Energy Storage Device: Donald Sadoway
A new technology to store high-amperage energy for industrial settings (renewal from Fall 2006 grant round).

High throughput Nanoscale Imaging: Henry Smith and Rajesh Menon
An absorbance modulation technique enabling economical high-resolution, high-throughput, nanoscale imaging for faster, more flexible analysis of nano-structures.

Renewable Propane from Biomass: Jefferson Tester
Technology to allow the production of propane from biomass, such as sugar, starches, or cellulose.

Drug delivery system to enhance healing of wounds and burns: Ioannis Yannas and Fran├žois Berthiaume
Novel skin substitutes designed to accelerate blood vessel growth, improve wound and burn healing, and to reduce the risk of infections.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Teaching the new carbon math

Earth Council Geneva (ECG), the GHG Experts Network (GEN) and ClimateCHECK have combined their forces and expertise to form a new highly-charged organization called the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute. The mission of the new institution is to raise the bar on GHG emissions training and management, and become the standard bearer for best practices in this field. Supported online learning, ECG’s specialty, will be used to accomplish this in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gurtej Sandhu

Gurtej Sandhu is listed among the top 10 prolific innovators, he is ranked fifth with a patent portfolio of 576. He is an alumni of Guru Nanak Dev University ,physics graduate of 1983.
Gurtej S. Sandhu is the engineering manager responsible for directing strategic
technology developments at Micron Technology, Inc. He received his degree in electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and received a Ph.D. degree in physics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1990. He then joined Micron Technology, where he has been in a number of engineering and management roles responsible for process technology development, pilot manufacturing and transfers to manufacturing. He has been involved with a broad range of process technologies, such as ion implantation, deposition technologies, plasma processing,
CMP, Litho and front-end and back-end module integration technologies for IC processing.
He has been associated with microelectronics technology for over 15 years and has pioneered a number of process technologies such as CVD Ti, Plasma MOCVD TiN among others, which are currently employed in mainstream IC manufacturing. Moreover, he has been associated with introduction of a number of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) based processes into IC manufacturing. Dr. Sandhu has authored over 75 technical papers .

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Review of UK's Science & Innovation policy

A full-scale review of the UK's science and innovation system was released on 5th October offering detailed recommendations for boosting the pace of that country's research commercialization efforts. It has gotten not only high marks from university and business leaders, but also an immediate response from Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the form of new funding and programs called for in the report. Authored by former science minister and millionaire businessman Lord Sainsbury, the review made more than 50 recommendations, four of which were immediately embraced by Brown.
download copy

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Kalpasar Project-modern India's most ambitious project

It is an extraordinary project that involves building a 64 km dam and turning a part of the Arabian Sea into a freshwater lake. It will take at least 20 years to build and if it ever gets off the ground, it will cost around Rs 50,000 crore (Rs 500 billion). It envisages creation of fresh water basin of more than 2000 sq. kms, which will receive water from 12 rivers flowing into Gulf including excess water from Narmada, Mahi, Sabarmati and Dhadhar. Labs NEERI and NIO signed MOU to carry out impact assessment study.

Cool India-Clean India

It is the slogan of inventor JJ Singh, retired Lt.Col who developed Surya Kiran, a methodology for affordable cooling of homes, whose business plan was prepared by ISB. The methodology is based on using Nylon mesh of 80-20 black-green color mix (commonly used in greenhouses) to be installed in windows around the house and coating of lime mixed with adhesive to be applied on the roof. The mesh acts as a black body which absorbs the radiation and lime acts as a white body which reflects the radiation from the roof top. Appropriate positioning of the above materials in the house aligned with sun’s movement from East to West creates a Heat sink effect which leads to an ambient temperature of 26-28 degree Celsius inside the house with 30-40% relative humidity against the prevailing outside temperature of 38-40 degree Celsius and 10-20% humidity. This dust and temperature control system based on environment friendly material can lead to 40-50% savings in electricity consumption and bring down the dust level in the house significantly. With a initial investment of Rs.3000/- and a repeated annual cost of Rs.200/- of replacing the lime coating, this methodology is a low cost solution to create a “Cool India and Clean India”. This unique methodology has been granted a copyright and patent by the Government of India. (L – 24914 /2005, DT 8-9-2005).

The inventor is looking for partners to propagate this method. Contact JJ Singh at

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Investor Forum 2007-green investments

New Ventures India will be organizing its second annual Investor Forum at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai on 16 & 17 November 2007.The first Investor Forum held in 2006 in Mumbai showcased ten promising green and sustainable companies which offer solutions to the global environmental challenges.Investor Forum is an opportunity for investors/financial institutions, SMEs and consultants to interact and know more about the green investment opportunities in India.
Contact: Anil Kumar Gade at

Monday, October 08, 2007

TR 35 Young innovators 2007

See the list of young innovators selected by MIT for 2007.
Sanjit Biswas working on wireless mesh networks developed Wi-Fi router for $50/-
Tapan Parikh developed and demonstrated SHG MIS (for "self-help group management and information system"), which includes a Cam-based application for entering and processing data, a text-messaging tool for uploading data to online databases, and a package of Web-based software for managing data and reporting it to any institution that has lent money to the self-help group.
Partha Rangnathan working at HP working on concepts to reduce power consumption of computing devices.
Shetal Shah concerned about vibrations premature babies were subjected to when transported in ambulance developed a new method of transport.

patent for removal of Chromium from water

CSIR Scientists in Hyderabad, Parthasarathy; Gopalakrishnarao ; Bojja , Choudhary; Boyapati Manoranjan , have been granted a US patent for an invention aimed at the total removal of the highly toxic compound hexavalent chromium from water. Chromium is one of the a common contaminants released as effluent from electroplating and the leather tanning industries.

Siemens Venture Capital India Innovation Program

Siemens is a leading infrastructure solution provider active in areas of Energy and Environment Care, Healthcare, Automation and Control, Industrial and Public infrastructure, Lighting, Automotive, and Information Technology. Siemens Venture Capital intends to act as a catalyst to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in these sectors in India. It invites business proposals from Indian entrepreneurs and innovators. Competition open to entrepreneurs, innovators and research scientists based in India.
Deadline for submission of preliminary business proposal:Friday, November 30, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

IFSEC India 2007

International exhibition on Security Technology,Equipment and Solutions - IFSEC India 2007 will take place from 25-27, October 2007 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Speakers and Topics Include:
Risk Analysis & Business Impact
Police and Private Security
Reliable Safety and Security Systems for Sustainable Economic Development
Containing & Coping with Organized Crime.
Attendance to the seminars is free.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Automated invention machine

Economic Times (registration required) carried an interesting article on `Evolutionary Design'. This tantalizing hypothesis is based on work of John R Koza and others on `genetic programming'. Koza's quote " The fact that genetic programming can evolve entities that are competitive with human-produced results suggests that genetic programming may possibly be used as an "invention machine" to create new and useful patentable invention".
For those interested an ocean of resources are placed on Koza's blog.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Life Line to Business (LL2B)

Kris Dev got an opportunity to demonstrate his project` biometric tracking of beneficiaries' in Rural India - in Kurkuri and Dhuparchak Musahari, most under developed, in Gonpura Panchayat, Phulwarisharif Block of Patna district. The proof of concept was done among 170 men and women who are registered beneficiaries and having NREGP Cards with photographs. The registration and verification was done using different optical biometric devices. Read his story in his blog.

FICCI Medical Electronics Forum

FICCI is launching the ‘FICCI – Medical Electronics Forum’ (FICCI-MEF) on October 23, 2007 at FICCI New Delhi. There will be technical sessions on :
  • Imaging & Patient Monitoring
  • Devices & Implants
  • Embedded Technologies & Software
Contact person :

Tanmoy Bose

Dy Director FICCI

Phone 91 11 2332 2375

Disruptive Business contest

Disruptive Capital Partners has announced they are hosting a contest with $50,000 total ($25,000 Grand Prize and $25,000 in other prizes) in award money to find the companies with the best disruptive investment value. Entrants must write a 5-page paper describing why a company is disruptive, and why it would be a good investment overall using the models of disruptive innovation as described by Clayton Christensen and others. More information can be found on the Disruptive Capital Partners website.

India shining with Fatima

Al-Jazeera brought this video. India is shining because there are hundreds of fathimas.
Video link:

Sunday, September 30, 2007

conferenec on Leveraging innovations & inventions

NRDC is organising Innovate India 2007 Conference on "Leveraging Innovations & Inventions" on 15-16 October, 2007 at The Stein Auditorium India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi,The conference will provide an international platform to entrepreneurs, research scientists, angel & venture capitalists and evangelists to exchange ideas, and explore emerging directions both in innovation and R&D management. It also aims at highlighting new emerging technologies.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Industrial Liasioning Workshop on IT-Technopreneurship on 5th October 2007, CDAC, Noida

CDAC, Noida is organizing a ¡§Industrial Liasioning Workshop On I.T.-Technopreneurship¡¨ on October 5, 2007 at CDAC Auditorium, B-30, Sector ¡V 62, Noida - 201307. The objectives of the workshop are:-
Identifying and developing Entrepreneurial partners for outsourcing the products and services developed by C-DAC Noida. To display inbuilt software solutions of C-DAC Noida.To promote IT advisory services of IT-CC.
The workshop will highlight following IT Solutions designed, developed and deployed by CDAC, Noida and are currently available at CDAC , Noida for national roll-out.
Hospital Management Information System
Decision Support System for District Offices
Document Scanning Jobs for our Digital Library Projects
Maintenance of MIS System deployed
Support services for proliferation of BoSS LINUX

Contact person:Dr. George Varkey,

AVENUES-07- Udgam

" Udgam-The Consulting Challenge" in association
with Confederation of Indian Industry-Young Indians (CII-Yi)
Udgam is a competition where you have an opportunity to act as a business
consultant & suggest a business development strategy for innovative, real
& uncommercialized products with social relevance.Three Product case studies have been launched together. Participants have to choose any one of them & send an executive summary of the business strategy by October 10th,2007

National Award for Excellence in Water Management

CII – Godrej GBC is organizing the “National Award for Excellence in Water Management” on 29 & 30 November 2007 at Chennai.The objective of the Award Scheme is to recognize and Award “Excellence” in Water Management in industries ‘within the fence and beyond fence’ and facilitate sharing of information by excellent water efficient companies.

Confederation of Indian Industry
CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre
Survey No 64, Kothaguda Cross Roads R R Dist, Hyderabad-500032,
Ph: 040-23112971-73 Extn 226 Fax: 040-23112837

Theodore Von Karman award

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has selected Rajya Sabha member and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan for the prestigious Theodore Von Karman award for this year.The award will be presented to Kasturirangan, one of the country's top scientists, here Monday on the first-day of the 58th International Astronautical Congress.The Theodore Von Karman award is the highest distinction of the IAA given annually to recognise outstanding lifetime achievements in any branch of science.The award, instituted in 1987 in the memory of the legendary Theodore Von Karman, aerospace scientist and founder-president of IAA, is being given to Kasturirangan for his contribution to the Indian space programme, including the development of launch vehicles and satellite technology, applications in remote-sensing, communications and education that have benefited the society.


Bhatnagar prize 2007

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Wednesday announced the winners of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prizes for outstanding contributions in various disciplines of science. The 11 scientists selected are : Narayanaswamy Srinivasan and Pundi Narasimhan Rangarajan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Rama Govindarajan of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore; B.V. Rajarama Bhat of Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore; Budaraju Srinivasa Murthy of IIT, Chennai; A. Ajayaghosh of National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; Anil Bhardwaj of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; Upinder Singh Bhalla of National Centre for Biological Sciences, Kanpur; Amalendu Chandra of IIT, Kanpur; Yashwant Gupta of National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune; and Pinaki Majumdar of Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad.

Friday, September 21, 2007

4th International Conference on Environmental Education

The Fourth International Conference (Tbilsiplus30) on Environmental Education co-sponsored by UNESCO and UNEP is being organized by the Government of India. Centre for Environment Education is the nodal agency for the conference and is going to be held from 26th to 28th November, 2007. There will be around 30 working sessions in this conference and 2 of them i.e. “Innovations and Technology” and “Sustainable Waste Management” will be organized by Waste & Resource Management Group of CEE. The details of the conference could be found at

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Avesthagen's horde of agri-biotech patents

Avestha Gengraine Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Avesthagen), one of India’s leading biotechnology companies based in Bangalore, announced that the Australian Patent Office has granted a patent to the company on "A process for generating cytoplasmic male sterile line in rice and other crops by RNA editing'. This patent will revolutionize the agricultural industry and bring succor to the sector. This invention promises to open up opportunities in developing hybrids in crops where conventional male sterility is not available or feasible. This technology would allow hybrid seed programs to be developed without narrowing the diversity of germplasm. Avesthagen assists farmers by creating innovative solutions that will benefit their production.Over the years Avesthagen has made numerous inventions and now it has a significant portfolio of 137 patent applications of which 61 relate to Agri-Biotech domain.

6th Gradere student Arjun Mehta's Game Startup Gets Venture Backing

Santa Clara-based Playspan has raised venture funding even thought its founder, Arjun Mehta, is in the 6th grade.

PlaySpan works with games publishers to integrate eCommerce functionality so that they can sell merchandise as well as provide financial rewards for game play. It has also built community features. The company claims to have won 7 licensing deals with large game publishers in the MMOG category.

PlaySpan started in Arjun's garage San Jose in 2006. Seed funding came from Arjun's game challenge winnings at the 5th grade at Challenger School in San Jose. Today Arjun's company announced that it has raised $6.5M in Series A funding led by Easton Capital land was joined by Menlo Ventures, STIC International out of South Korea and Novel TMT Ventures in Hong Kong.

Source: Alarmclock

Monday, September 17, 2007

Eureka 2007

Eureka 2007 is organised by E Cell of IIT Mumbai.
The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay is a student body that seeks to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the student community. They have been conducting Business Plan Competition called Eureka!, now in its ninth edition, which is Business Plan Competition in India and one of the Top Five inthe Asia-Oceanic region in terms of participation, prizes and resources. Registration open till end of September.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Google offers $10 million for best ideas launched its RechargeIT Initiative to accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid technology through technical demonstrations, grant-making, advocacy and investments. As part of this initiative, we are issuing a $10 million request for investment proposals (RFP). We plan to invest amounts ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000 in selected for-profit companies whose innovative approach, team and technologies will enable widespread commercialization of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles and/or vehicle-to-grid solutions. This RFP is global in scope, and we encourage responses from companies anywhere in the world. is seeking companies with technologies, products and services that will accelerate widespread commercialization in the following fields:

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
  • Electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Vehicle-to-grid solutions (V2G)
Proposals should be submitted to no later than October 22, 2007.

Create the Future design contest

Create the Future design contest rewards the best ideas for new products, and celebrates breakthrough thinking about problems of all kinds, large and small.

Contest deadline: 15 October 2007. Open for entries now!

Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program 2008

FICCI, jointly with the Lockheed Martin Corporation and IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin, USA announces the Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program 2008, which is in continuum with the Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program 2007. The aim of this program is to accelerate innovative new Indian technologies into global markets. The India Innovation Growth Program is the only program of its kind, because of its focus on teaching and using world-class commercialization strategies. The Program is wholly funded by Lockheed Martin Corporation, and developed with the assistance of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and FICCI. Best of all, there is no cost to participate.

Program is open to technologies from a wide range of fields including Aeronautics, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Communications, Computing, Defense, Electronics, Environmental, IT, Manufacturing, Marine, Materials, Medical / Life Sciences, Nanotech, Petrochemical, Semiconductors and Transportation. Applicants who are selected to participate in the program can look forward to the following benefits:

Training in technology commercialization strategies and entrepreneurship
Analysis of commercial potential of their technology
Participation in a technology competition judged by an international panel of experts
Program finalists will receive these additional benefits:
Professional business development assistance
Access to US and global markets

Other details are mentioned on the program website For any further information, please contact my colleague Ms. Eittee Gupta, Research Analyst, Ph: 011-23325158, email:,

Kavli Prizes for scientists

The Kavli Prize is a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and the Kavli Foundation. The Kavli Prizes will be presented in 2008 for "outstanding contributions" to the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Mr Kavli was born in Norway but later moved to the US to set up the Kavlico Corporation, which became one of the world's biggest suppliers of sensors for the aeronautic and automotive industries.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

the necklace with fishes

Innovator Arshad Mohsin claims that aquatic necklace shown on star news( 10 to 11 PMon 4-9-2007) ( the necklace with fishes ) is actually his invention and had been applied for patent in the year 1996. See picture on left.

Biopesticide for cotton bullworm

They are caterpillars that devour crop plants and cause extensive loss to farmers. Helicoverpa armigera, also known as the cotton bollworm or legume pod borer, has been estimated to cause annual crop damage of up to US$ 2 billion globally with an additional cost of US$ 500 million on insecticides for its management.Farmers in villages in India and Nepal have been traditionally shaking crop plants to dislodge Helicoverpa larvae. Using these larvae for the multiplication of the Nucleo Polyhedrosis Virus (NPV), a biopesticide that kills Helicoverpa , is the modern twist that ICRISAT provided.
For details contact:Dr GV Ranga Rao at

Workshop on Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

Princeton Academy, Mumbai is organising 2 workshops on SEZ at Chennai (13/9/07) and Mumbai(28/9/07/.Sudhakar Kasture, well known consultant and visiting faculty at SPJIMR is the resource person.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Meningitis vaccine from Bharat Biotech

Vaccination against Meningitis, commonly called brain fever is now more affordable with one more Indian firm Bharat Biotech lanching BioHib.

Bajaj-TVS patent battle

Pharmacy & Drugs people are long in the know on patents and patent infringements. Now this dispute between Bajaj and TVS will bring it home for engineering community. Some basics on patenting- there can be no patent on any product like Motorbike, there can be no patent on any technology like DTS-i or CC-VTi. Patents are given for innovation and monopoly rights (for a limited period) are valid in the nation in which the patent rights are granted for the claims of the accepted patent. What is protected from infringement are only the claims. See Bajaj claims as given in the PCT application.What if Bajaj loses patent as disputed by TVS that it is part of prior- art, i.e, known to the public by the time Bajaj first applied for protection India. If there is no patent infringement Bajaj can continue to manufacture and sell the product. What if Bajaj wins the case-TVS will be forced to discontinue production/ marketing or take license from Bajaj. Important lesson is-patenting is not an end of pipeline activity. NPD (New Product Development) begins with identification of patent spaces. Interested -read Capturing value with IPR (free) from

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

INDEX awards 2007

On August 24, 2007 the winning designs in the five INDEX: categories received the world's biggest design award of 100 000 € each.

A life-saving device called the Tongue Sucker, a low-cost prosthetic foot and a high-speed Tesla Roadster electric sports car were among the winners of the prestigious INDEX awards, a 100,000-euro prize for design ideas. The aptly named Tongue Sucker is an inexpensive first-aid device designed to save lives that lets even untrained bystanders at the scene of an accident quickly re-open airways of unconscious victims before professional help arrives. The idea sprang from the fact that critical minutes are sometimes lost before medics arrive. Four young designers from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art in London devised the Tongue Sucker after the 2005 London suicide bombing attacks. If you dont open the airway before the paramedics arrive there is no point in them arriving anyway, Graeme Davies, one of the inventors, told Reuters after winning the award under patronage of the crown prince of Denmark. The device is a disposable small plastic chamber with a red rubber bulb-like air reservoir squeezed onto the tongue of the victim and then released. The suction draws the tongue off the back of the throat, creating a small but vital gap to allow the person to breathe. It is inexpensive to manufacture.
INDEX prizes, the worlds most lucrative design awards, are picked every two years for five categories: body, home, work, play and community. Each winner gets 100,000 euros

Technolohy summits by Redherring

Red Herring hosts 10 events in 2007 around the globe - from Beijing to Budapest to Kyoto to Monterey, CA to Cannes.The geography of innovation has expanded and new nations in the Baltic and South East Asia have now emerged with a trained and talented crop of engineers and ambitious entrepreneurs.ETRE 2007 is planned at Budapest from October 7 to 10. This will be followed by ATRE 07 at Mumbai from November 4to7.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

workshop on carbon credits

INSWARB is organising ‘Capacity Building Workshops on CDM’ at Hyderabad (30-31 August 2007) and Bhubaneswar (4 September 2007). The organisation received first tranche of carbon credits from the World Bank to their FaL-G:CDM Project. They desire that the fruits of carbon revenue should reach to as many industries as possible. In order to disseminate the knowledge on the opportunities for carbon credits in India they are organising these workshops.
Contact: Dr N Bhanumathidas, 0891-2516411/ 9848191453

E-Book:Technology Management for globalizing firms

Indian Innovators Association has uploaded the E-Book, `Technology Management for globalizing firms'. The book containing 8 chapters can be downloaded (PDF files) free without even a registration or password.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

outsourcing software product development

For software product start-ups planning to outsource product development, Persistent systems offers services ranging from research, usability engineering,prototyping to porting. In India, services are offered in Pune, Nagpur, Goa and Bangalore.

Friday, August 10, 2007

CII's National Innovation Grid

CII is developing a National Innovation Grid. It has several grids and nodes. The grid is being filled and interested parties can find their slot in the grid.

Innovative Technologies for manufacturing Expo ,Mumbai

All India Association of Industries and World Trade Centre, Mumbai are organising the `Innovative Technologies for Manufacturing expo' from 7-10 Feb 2008 at Expo Centre, WTC, Mumbai. ITM Expo will be covering several arenas of technology with a focus on the following broad sectors:
  • Automation & Engineering.
  • Precision Tools, tools, mould making, auto components, transport technologies, material handling technology, printing & processing technologies machinery manufacturers for constructions, building material and infrastructure technology.
  • Agro technology, food processing and packaging technology.
  • Electrical and electrical engineering and related sectors.
  • Environmental Technologies, measuring systems and quality management systems.

Bangalore Tech Expo

FICCI jointly with the Lockheed martin Corporation and IC sqaure Institute, University of Texas is organising a Technology Expo on August 23rd 2007 at Hotel Taj west End , Bangalore. The Bangalore Tech Expo will showcase some of the commercialization deals signed by the winners of Lockheed Martin Innovator's competition held in July.

Investor Forum 2007-green investments

Investor Forum is important green investment platform, wherein the selected entrepreneurs are given an opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of qualified professionals from the Indian financial community. It is an event for Investor's and SMEs to interact for buying and selling of green business ideas.New Ventures India is organizing its second annual Investor Forum at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai on 16 & 17 November 2007. Interested innovators can contact :
Anil Kumar Gade, Web links:

Saturday, July 28, 2007


Tehnopreneur Promotion Programme (TePP) of Government of India , managing India's biggest network for mentoring and funding independent innovators of India is looking for Technology Angels. Capable and committed technology experts , both working and retired, are invited to offer their services. See TePP advt `wanted 200 innovators........' .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Google invests in in Ventureast TeNet Fund II

Ventureast TeNet Fund is managed by Ventureast Fund Advisors India Ltd. The fund began with a corpus of $15 million with a mandate to finance start-ups in the telecom and IT industries. Ray Stata, Chairman and co-founder of Analog Devices of the US, had invested $10 million alone in Fund I. The TeNet group of IIT, Chennai, is the technology advisor, while Sarath Naru of APIDC is one of the co-founders of the fund. It typically will invest $2.5 million $10 million in an early stage venture.Now, Google acquired 30 per cent in Fund II for $3.75 million.
TeNet, Analog devices and Google make a formidable combination.
Source: VC Circle

Friday, July 20, 2007

Global Indus Technovators Award 2007

Indian Business Club @ MIT is hosting a yearly award ceremony - Global Indus technovators award, with the objective to felicitate young innovators (under the age of 40) of indus origin. The nominations for the same are open until 16 August 2007. Details can be found at

Karthik Venkataraman,
Indian Business Club, MIT

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Cosmos Ignite Innovations Pvt. Ltd

Cosmos Ignite Innovations Pvt. Ltd is an Indo-US Joint Venture . Building on the work of Stanford University, LUTW Foundation , Cosmos Ignite Innovations commenced as a collaboration between Cosmos Energy, India & Ignite Innovations Inc. USA. Amit Chugh, Co-Founder & CEO, is an MBA and Economics graduate with experience in Renewable Energy and Consumer Marketing. He returned to India to found and run an entrepreneurial venture in the energy space ranging from Hydro to Solar and founded Cosmos Ignite Innovations. He is based in New Delhi, India. Mighty lamp, their LED based solar operated lamp with solar panel costs about Rs 2,500/-

Friday, July 13, 2007


The Wall Street Journal Asia, announced that it was now accepting entries for the prestigious “Asian Innovation Awards 2007". The deadline for entries is September 5, 2007.

In 2006, the Asian Innovation Awards attracted more than 224 entries from 14 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region and short-listed 12 finalists. The winner of the Gold Award was Veredus Laboratories Pte. Ltd. of Singapore, for bird-flu diagnostic kits and tests that quickly identify different types of flu. The Silver Award went to the State Government of Gujarat, India, for Chiranjeevi Yojana, a maternity-care program that reduces maternal and infant deaths among its poorer communities. Dunwell Engineering Co., of Hong Kong won the Bronze Award for developing a lubricant-recycling process – called vibrating membrane technology – that saves energy and does not cause air pollution.

Applicants can either apply online at or request application forms by emailing

Thursday, July 12, 2007

2007 International SmartGear Competition

WWF and its partners created the SmartGear Competition to inspire innovative, practical, cost-effective ideas that allow fishermen to "fish smarter" – to better target their intended catch while reducing bycatch. The competition awards cash prizes for the best idea to reduce bycatch, which is the leading threat to many marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and certain fish species. The 2007 International SmartGear Competition will award a $30,000 Grand Prize and two $10,000 Runner-Up Prizes.
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2007
The competition is open to all – fishermen, gear manufacturers, teachers, students, engineers, scientists, and backyard inventors. Visit for entry materials and to learn about the winning ideas from the first two competitions.

Monday, July 09, 2007

iPod charger

"ion", the company, was founded by Vikram V Chadaga, Niara Ahmed and Swaroop C H. It all started one fine day when Vikram wanted to charge his iPod but didn't want to keep the computer on overnight just for that (it's a waste of electricity, and there might be powercuts too). So he went looking for the official Apple iPod charger but found it to be rather expensive. The other chargers in the market at that time were not good enough, especially keeping in mind the safety of the expensive iPod, and many of them were unbranded which made them even more risky to use. Being an electronics geek, he took one of the circuits which he had made previously to power some instruments in his home (the circuit was in live use in his home for nearly 5 years) and then use it to create a charger with a USB port. He put in a regulator to make sure his iPod is safe from power surges.He got excited and showed it to his friends and mentioned a crazy idea of producing more of these and selling them. Fortunately or unfortunately, Niara took him seriously and over a period of many months, encouraged him to really follow that idea. Together, they turned the idea to execution (investment and costing, sourcing of raw materials, finding an assembler, etc), and then Swaroop joined them to help them out with the marketing, the design and the website. The rest, as they say, is history.