The Indian farmer’s efforts to survive and thrive have been held hostage for decades by factors, such as, lack of timely information, fragmented land holdings, technological knowhow, and unpredictable weather conditions.
Cropin is bringing farms on the cloud, where traceability, productivity, predictability and big data is changing century old ways of agriculture. Cropin has developed a cost effective, cloud-based pay-as-you-go platform that digitizes, assembles and structures farm data, enabling real-time insights on farm efficiency, productivity and forecast. CropIn’s “smart-farms” facilitate live data flow between farms and aggregators in the supply chain, thereby benefiting both. Tracking the entire crop life cycle from seed to harvest has also become possible through Cropin. Since its inception in 2010, Cropin has digitized over 100,000 farms growing over 50 crops.
In times when farmers are struggling to stay afloat, with output continuing to decline in spite of a huge spike in fertilizer used, Suma Agro is attacking years of soil degradation and pioneering Made in India soil conditioners that are affordable and efficient.
They are the first manufacturer of humic acid in India and bring in cutting edge R&D technology to their products. Suma Agro products are rich in organic carbon which improves soil content and boosts productivity. Research studies have shown that humic acid can help push yields up by 40% and lower fertilizer use by up to 25%. The company has its manufacturing facility in Chennai and would be addressing a pan India market.
Skillveri imagines a future where highly skilled labor is trained virtually. The company uses augmented reality and simulation to skill and upgrade industrial workers.
National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) pegs current supply of skilled labor at 1 million versus the 50 million in demand and expects this gap to rise to 90 million by 2020. Skillveri strives to address this problem with its augmented reality simulator technology. The company has introduced cutting edge training simulator technology for welding and will be introducing products for other industrial skills in the near future. the company is not only enhancing employability but also lowering training cost thereby creating big impact for the bottom of the pyramid communities.
The world is turning increasingly digital and urban, yet, nearly 70% of India’s citizens live in villages. Rural India remains largely poor, lacking in infrastructure, education and healthcare. However, digital penetration is fast becoming ubiquitous and has proven to be a great equalizer. The rural healthcare problem has been accentuated by fewer doctors willing to practice in villages. Over the years, the gap has largely been bridged by a few inexperienced doctors and by quacks, resulting in disastrous outcomes.
Karma Healthcare uses a hybrid telemedicine model to provide affordable, reliable and quality primary healthcare to base of pyramid communities in Rajasthan – a model that is inherently scalable and replicable in other parts of India.
Karma Healthcare is envisioning a future where patients in remote corners have access to best in class health services. The company runs eight clinics in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan, covering more than 125,000 people and aims to bring this to a million people over the next 5 years.
More than 10 million people need eye care in the north east and fewer than 25% have access to adequate facilities even to address problems that are easy to diagnose and treat.
ERC Eye Care, an upper Assam-based provider of low cost eye care services in the north east, has been among the first to have spotted this huge opportunity. ERC Eyecare’s dream is to bring world class eye hospitals and eye care services to the entire north-east. Using a hub-and-spoke model, they run two state-of the art hospitals ,supported by mobile clinics and vision centres, bringing affordable and quality services to patients. The company believes that most defective vision cases can be corrected with just a pair of glasses, or/and a simple cataract surgery – both of the services it provides. Till date the company has provided care for more than 55,000 patients.