Intel opens its first Maker Lab in India to bring innovative ideas of startups to life

|August 28, 2015 0

BANGALORE, INDIA: Intel unveiled the Intel India Maker Lab in its Bangalore campus today to help promising startups design, develop, test, prototype and market their solution.

The lab will focus on enhancing the maker capability for startups in India. Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India, said, “Intel India is committed to accelerating Digital India and Design in India by invigorating innovation across the ecosystem. Design capability is a critical aspect for the success of these initiatives, and the Intel India Maker Lab will provide a facility to offer that support.”

The lab will be open to all the budding and promising entrepreneurs including Intel’s own incubators and accelerators who are pursuing new hardware products and solutions in Internet of Things, Mobile Devices as well as other compute domains, if its based on Intel architecture and platforms. The application areas can be as extensive as home, industrial or for larger social good, but Intel has seen a significant level of interest solutions around in digital homes, automotives and financial inclusion.

                                 

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The Maker Lab has capacity to support six startups at one go and hence it plans to incorporate 10 startups in the first six months and will handhold them for a period of 3- 12 weeks, depending on the requirements. Shortlisting will be done primarily on the basis of uniqueness and usefulness of the idea, technical viability and the scalability, etc.

Intel did not disclose any investment details for this initiative, but said it will lend its technical expertise to the startups to the extent Intel can support. The selected startups will be provided with development kits, reference boards, hardware and software tools to develop and test their ideas and bring their products and solutions to life, as well as mentoring and business support. Intel also plans to collaborate with incubators and accelerators of academic institutions, industry associations, as well as other corporate entities to support the initiative.

The selection process for startups would be completed in October 2015 and the Maker Lab engagements are planned to start subsequently. However, the 20 shortlisted startups from Intel and Department of Science and Technology (DST)’s `Innovate For Digital India’ Challenge can use the Maker Lab without having to go through a further selection process.

Interested startups can contact intelindiamakerlab@intel.com to learn more on the application process.

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