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TSEC 2019-20

The winners of the 8th Year Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2019-20 (Tata SE Challenge), a joint initiative of the Tata group and Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), were announced during the summit held  on January 4, 2020, at the IIM Calcutta campus. Trestle Labs from Gujarat (Winner), PadCare Labs from Maharashtra (1st Runners-up) and Greenikk and Aerobiosys from Kerala and Telengana respectively (Joint 2nd Runnersup) emerged as the top four most promising social ventures, winning prize money of Rs. 2.5 lakhs, Rs. 2 lakhs and Rs. 1.50 lakhs, respectively. This year a total of 1084+ applications flooded in, showcasing a substantial increase compared to previous years

The winners of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge for the year 2019-20 are:

Trestle Labs, WINNER at the TSEC Grand Finale 2019-2020:

Trestle Labs, the winner of the challenge, is a technology startup which invented KIBO, the World’s first intelligent personalized reading-learning companion for the Visually-impaired and Learning-disabled which helps them read any printed/handwritten/digital content in real-time through audio with an immersive reading-learning experience.

PadCare Labs, 1ST RUNNER UP at the TSEC Grand Finale 2019-2020:

Padcare Labs which was announced as the first runners-up, is into water and sanitation. Padcare labs developed decentralized, portable, instant washroom fit able sanitary napkin disposal unit that gives significant bacterial lock. The company is using novel chemo-mechanical method and reverse osmosis for de-swelling of superabsorbent polymer that is assisted by efficient mechanical shredding.

Greenikk and Aerobiosys, 2ND RUNNER UP at the TSEC Grand Finale 2019-2020:

With respect to the second runner up position, there was a tie between Greenikk and Aerobiosys. Greenikk is engaged in using state of the art technologies to make 100% bio-degradable and eco-friendly straws by using stalks of papaya plant as the raw material.

Aerobiosys is a healthcare start up which developed a cost-effective, intelligent, AI and IoT-enabled ventilation system called “Duo-vent’ for patients admitted in the Critical Care unit with Respiratory illness. Apart from the top 4 winning ventures, the 6 ventures that have made it to the top 10 finalists are Krishworks Technology and Research Labs, Nunam, Ferrosens, Datair Technology, KBCols Sciences, Greenwear Fashion. The ventures were judged on five parameters – Social Impact, Innovation, Business Model, Revenue and Sustainability, Leadership and Team

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