BIRAC, Social Alpha and Mphasis announce quest for assistive technologies to support start-ups

Unique Public-Private partnership to foster an ecosystem to develop assistive technologies solutions

BIRAC, Social Alpha, Mphasi, Assistive technologies, Health start-ups

BIRAC, Social Alpha and Mphasis have announced the launch of the ‘BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies – supported by Mphasis’, a search for start-ups in the Assistive Technology sector to support innovations focussed on enabling and empowering solutions for persons-with-disabilities.

The Quest will identify and select up to 10 innovations that enhance the learning, working and independent living for persons-with-disabilities. These winning innovations will also be provided up to Rs 20 lakhs each to facilitate their market access journey, for implementation of work orders.

Dr Renu Swarup, secretary of DBT & chairperson, BIRAC said, “BIRAC is promoting development of innovative biotech solutions to address unmet needs. A number of initiatives rolled out in last few years have positively impacted the Biotech Startup ecosystem which has now grown to 2500+ across the country. This includes products and technologies focused for persons-with-disabilities. BIRAC - Social alpha launch of “Quest for Assistive Technologies” intends to identify, handhold and deploy Assistive Technology solutions for the deserving ones. This partnership could prove instrumental in building a pipeline of innovative and affordable solutions. I hope that this initiative will encourage national & international stakeholders to join hands in delivering assistive technologies at scale.

Addressing the audience at the launch event, Dr Mohd. Aslam, MD, BIRAC said, “BIRAC promotes entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs to undertake strategic translational research to develop innovative products and technologies. Technology driven solutions can steer the change for societal well-being and impact billions of lives. I hope that BIRAC-Social alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies would provide a platform for start-ups to leverage this engagement for creating and deploying innovative assistive technologies across the country.”