Hyderabad: Three startups from Telangana have won the National Startup Awards 2020. Skyroot Aerospace and Dhruva Space emerged winners in the space category while Cornext Agri Products was the winner in agriculture, all headquartered in Hyderabad.
The city-based Skyroot Aerospace and Dhruva Space emerged as winners while Bellatrix Aerospace from Mysore was the third winner. Telangana saw three applications in this category.
Cornext Agri Products emerged winner in the agriculture category while other winners included Mandya Organic Foods (Bengaluru), Intello Labs (New Delhi) and Nava Design & Innovation (Kochi). Telangana saw 10 applications in the category.
The Rs 5 lakh award recognised exceptional startups across various categories that are providing innovative solutions to solve real problems and challenges for India, developing innovative technologies, products, and solutions from India, building businesses that are scalable, sustainable and responsible and delivering measurable developmental gains.
The winners were chosen from entries across the country in 12 sectors including agriculture, education, enterprise technology, energy, finance, food, health, industry 4.0, space, security, tourism and urban services for these awards.
There were 82 applications submitted from Telangana startups across these categories, out of the 1,641 applications from across India. Enterprise technology saw the maximum applications at 349 while the space sector received the minimum at 15 pan-India.
Skyroot believes a new Space Age is kicking off, and snagging the extraordinary opportunities in space depends on robust transportation systems from Earth to orbit. Their Vikram launch vehicle, when operational, is expected to be one of the most cost-effective small satellite launch vehicles in the world, positioning India for interstellar dominance.
Not only are the company’s launch vehicles affordable and easily mass-produced, but the upper stage of the rocket is capable of moving itself out of orbit on mission completion, thereby leaving no space debris. The company’s upper stage liquid engines are fully 3D printed, cutting costs by 40 per cent. It has also developed a highly efficient LNG/LOX Cryogenic liquid engine that uses greener, more sustainable rocket fuel.
Dhruva Space builds small satellite constellations for Earth observation and other scientific applications. Instead of hiring multiple entities for designing and building a satellite, launching liaising and for ground stations to communicate with the satellite, the company’s constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites reduces the cost and time taken to set up the necessary infrastructure.
The company is also developing satellites with de-orbiting functionality. The company’s space stack could enable 108 countries with no space assets to have satellites in orbit. It has been invited by the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre in Austria for incubation along with a grant.
Cornext Agri Products
Cornext addresses the green fodder shortage in India caused by the reduction in grazing lands and inconsistent crop practices. It preserves green fodder when available, in the form of silage. During a shortage, these silage bales cater to a larger number of dairy farmers across the country. It has produced and distributed up to 1 lakh metric tonnes of baled silage as high-quality green fodder, equivalent to four months of summer ration for one lakh animals.
The Mini Silage Baler has a daily production capacity of 20 metric tonnes, equal to 2,000 animal rations per day. The company received the 2019 Animal Husbandry Grand Challenge Award from the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
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