Mumbai, NFAPost: Techgentsia, startup company based out of Kerala, has won the innovation challenge organized by the The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
The government on Thursday announced the winners of the innovation challenge under the Digital India initiative which started on April 13, 2020, to find an Indian video conferencing solution.
The competition was open for participation from industry, start-ups and individual experts. Even though the innovation challenge received 1983 entries, \five companies were shortlisted for the final round.
Techgentsia Software Technologies came up with an innovative video conferencing product Vconsol for seamless video conferencing. The product is very much apt for the current situation as the whole world is going through Covid-19 pandemic consequence of remote working and massive demand for remote working tools in every walk of life.
Announcing the winners, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said he is delighted that Indian entrepreneurs and innovators have responded to the clarion call for AatmaNirbhar Bharat given by the Prime Minister of India.
“Indian startups have come up with some world-class video conferencing solutions in a short span of four months. We are committed to develop India’s software product and mobile app economy in a big way and efforts like this will go a long way in that direction,” said Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.
In a tweet Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh said she attended an important meeting of MeitY along with Mohandas Pai and others. She also praised the Tecgentsia for becoming the winner of MeitY challenge.
“Attended an imp @GoI_MeitY mtg yesterday with @TVMohandasPai n others on a VC platform developed by one of the Innovation Challenge finalists.. #Tecgentsia. Great experience overall! Kudos to @AjaySawhney15 n team MEITY for giving these entrepreneurs such a great oppty!!”.
The startup company which won the AatmaNirbhar Bharat challenge will get financial support of Rs. 1 crore with additional Rs.10 Lakh towards operation and maintenance for the next three years. The company’s solution will be adopted for use by the government through a mutual contract.
Techgentsia is a global information technology provider focused on delivering leading-edge software solutions and technology products to customers. Its unique IP and Technology development methodology provides high quality, cost-effective technology solutions to our clients.
The five shortlisted applicants were provided financial support of Rs. 20 lakh (for three) and Rs. 15 lakh (for two), mentorship, testing and onboarding onto NIC cloud.
The winner Techgentsia’s unique approach to software and technology development is built on aggressive efforts in finding young, talented developers and engineers globally with the necessary investment in their skill sets. The company invests heavily in teaching, coaching, and mentoring our entire team.
Commenting on the recognition, Techgentsia CEO & Co-founder Joy Sebastian stated in Facebook that the company has been officially declared the winners of innovation challenge for video conferencing.
Besides the strtup Vconsol, the event also also selected products developed by three other applicants as potential products. The government also decided to offer a developmental contract of Rs. 25 lakh each for further maturing their product within a period of three months.
The three startups include Jaipur-based Sarv Webs, Hyderabad-based PeopleLink Unified Communication and Chennai-based Instrive Softlabs. The three products will be further analysed by a technical committee and subsequently, the MeitYwill recommend to onboard all selected four products.
All the aforesaid Video Conferencing products will also be provided and support of STQC, CERT-In, CDAC and NIC. It has also been recommended that all four products will be hosted on NIC cloud and NIC will facilitate for adoption of these products for Government use through GeM. All teams including winning team shall also be free to market the product globally.
This entire process of Grand Challenge was conducted with active participation from some of the best experts working as mentors and members of the jury. In view of this the Ministry of Electronics and IT, acknowledges the role played by President NASSCOM Debjani Ghosh, Chairman Indian Angel Network Saurabh Srivastava, iSpirit chief Sharad Sharma, Dr. RajatMoona from IIT Bhilai, Professor Santanu Chaudhary from IIT Jodhpur, Professor YatindraNath Singh from IIT Kanpur along with senior officers of the Ministry.