Cisco Launches ‘Agri Challenge’ For Agritech Startups With Prize Purse Of Rs 2Cr
In a bid to innovate and find solutions for 10 million small farmers, The/Nudge CSI (Centre for Social Innovation), in association with the government of India, is organising the ‘Cisco Agri Challenge’.
Aimed at helping startups develop, test, and scale solutions, the challenge has a prize purse of Rs 2 crore, and it will run in stages for 12 months. Cisco Agri Challenge will be conceptualised and managed by The/Nudge CSI.
The objective of the programme is to alleviate the issues of low incomes and diminishing profitability of farming in India.
Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the government of India (also Co-host of the challenge), said,
“The government of India strongly believes that public investment in both traditional science and frontier technology will empower India to leapfrog in developing sustainable solutions for biodiversity preservation, environmental sciences, climate change, and regenerative agriculture.”
The participants of the challenge will be mentored by an eminent circle of partners and experts, some of which include Mark Kahn (Managing Partner, Omnivore), Samit Ghosh (Founder, Ujjivan), Anil Kumar SG (Founder and CEO, Samunnati), and Shamika Ravi (Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution).
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