Entrepreneurs from India Selected as Regional Winners by Hardware-led Social Innovation Accelerator

Apr 21, 2020

by ASME.org

Innovations in Food Safety, Medical Diagnostics, and Sanitation Win $30,000(USD) and Technical Support at 2020 ASME ISHOW India Virtual Event

NEW YORK, April 21, 2020 – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has announced the regional winners of the 2020 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW), the premier international accelerator of hardware-led social innovation. Eight socially minded teams of inventors from throughout India presented their design prototypes in a virtual event held April 14-17. Three inventors emerged as regional winners who will share $30,000 in seed grants and receive technical support to help bring their design innovations to market. They were announced earlier today in a virtual awards ceremony via web conference.

The 2020 ASME ISHOW India winners are:

  • Aigret Innovations India Private Limited (Pune, India) for its “Electrostatic Spraying System” – The Electrostatic Spraying System for produce is more effective and four times more efficient than conventional spraying systems. It provides a more uniform dispersion and coating of the target. It is easy to use, reduces application time, reaches hidden areas of the produce, and conserves the applied liquid.
  • Bioscan Research (Ahmedabad, India) for its “Cerebo” – a handy, non-invasive, fully computerized system for detecting intracranial hemorrhage in two minutes. It is portable and does not require special skills to operate. It is non-invasive and based on nearinfrared (NIR) spectroscopy. When deployed in trauma centers, emergency departments, and ambulances, it can save the lives of millions of patients whose brain injuries go undiagnosed.
  • Cherries Engineering Innovation India Pvt. Ltd. (Bengaluru, India) for “JALODBUST” – The settled and densified excreta sludge left behind in septic tanks is not removed properly by the vacuum trucks and dewatering pumps. This sludge is presently removed by humans known as “manual scavengers.” JALODBUST removes this sludge by scraping, agitating, and pumping it out while eliminating the need for human touch.

“We are proud to offer a forum for engineering problem-solving that truly improves lives,” said ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile. “We are continually impressed by the creative talent of ASME ISHOW participants and their passion for helping underserved communities around the world.”

In addition to the three grand prize winners, the product with the most votes in social media for each regional event is named the "Fan Favorite," and receives $1,000(USD). The fan favorite prize is made possible and in memory of Byron G. Schieber Jr. M.S., PE, Professor Emeritus QCCNY, and Ruth L. Schieber. The 2020 ISHOW India “Fan Favorite” winner is:

  • Flexmotiv Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Delhi, India) for “FlexMo Crutch” – the first selfstanding crutch. It is designed to be durable and slip-resistant in all terrains. It also provides forward propulsion leading to lower energy consumption and its shock absorption leads to less fatigue/pain resulting in a higher quality of life for users.

An esteemed panel of judges privately interviewed each of the eight ISHOW India finalists as part of an extensive design and engineering review and then chose three hardware innovations as grand prize winners. ASME’s panel of judges includes successful entrepreneurs, academics, engineers, designers, investors, and industry representatives from leading organizations in India, Kenya, and the United States such as Villgro, Gearbox, Philips, Villgro Kenya, and many others.

ASME is grateful to The Lemelson Foundation for its continued support of the ISHOW as the Impact Inventing sponsor, and to ISHOW implementation partners around the globe.

All of the ISHOW India finalists’ product pitches can be viewed on the ASME ISHOW website. Virtual ISHOWs will be held for finalists from Africa (ISHOW Kenya) and the Americas (ISHOW USA) later this spring and summer.

Follow the journeys of ISHOW alumni including PayGo, QuickSee, SignIO, and others here.

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