Three Bengaluru-based entrepreneurs have created an innovative platform to aid both the start-ups and the incubators, thereby benefiting the government and the country as a whole. Spare a few minutes to know more the initiative…
Why such a platform?
50-year old Anand Kannan along with two other co-founders set up Avas Digitech in February 2020 to meet the gap in the innovation journey. “The Government of India is trying hard to promote innovation and has also introduced a host of education policies to boost innovation but we cannot expect the government to do everything alone,” Anand told chalgenius.com.
“We decided to create an ecosystem to support the government’s initiative. Ours is a focused approach to help the incubators and the start-ups as both suffer due to lack of right input. At Avas Digitech we are working together with the incubators, start-ups and the universities.”
Journey began three years ago
Anand recounted that though Avas Digitech was started last year but the actual journey started in 2018.
At that time Dr.Satish created India’s first agriculture related innovation platform Vyavasahaya which concentrated solely on agri-related issues. The initiative was awarded by Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) for bringing in social impact.
He, did not stop at that and wanted to create a complete eco-system for overall innovation that would provide curated solutions to problems, bring the start-ups to notice and help products to get commercialized as well as get those recognized in the world market.
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The initial journey was not smooth
The idea of a platform to facilitate both incubators and start-ups was not easy to understand. He says that there was scepticism among people, “We have been stressing on collaborations as it leads to faster development. Ours is a hard journey wherein Indian companies are yet to embrace the concept. We want to take India’s innovation index and develop more innovative products that are globally accepted,” explained Dr Satish Bhawvankar, the other co-founder.
About Avas Digitech’s Sparkinov
It is the leading platform for open innovation challenges, programs and tailored experience. “We believe that the best solution can come from anywhere. We help the ecosystem drive growth by aligning, connecting and managing global resources of talent, technology and demand, in a platform that is effective, scalable and risk managed,” said Venetia Sangeetha, the third co-founder of the company.
“At Avas Digitech, we provide a platform for hosting end to end impacting challenges, Consultancy in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, design, User experience & assist in commercialising innovative products. We also act as a bridge in getting partnerships from Brazil & Turkey for startups, Incubators, universities & Government.”
Avas Digitech also offers its expertise in setting up thematic incubation centres through its partners.
Avas Digitech connects government, corporations and foundations with networked start-ups and innovators. For instance, organizations want to innovate, save cost and embrace partners while innovators want to be noticed, be challenged and build partnership.
Sparkinov is also associated closely with IFIA’s ICCDS program which works globally to help startups commercialize their poducts/innovations.
About the founders
The trio are all aged between 40-50 years. Anand has experience in various industries from agriculture to engineering.
Co-founder Dr Satish Bhawvankar is the brain behind Avas Digitech and had designed the platform. Satish holds a PhD in HR and User Experience.
Venetia comes with 20 +years of experience in Marketing & HR.
Message to start-ups and incubators
“Please don’t stop innovating. The spirit of innovation should be kept alive else new products would never come up. Innovation is recognition,” advised Anand.
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