Bangalore, 17 August 2021: Agdhi, an agritech start-up, announced that the company has been awarded the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) which is a flagship program by BIRAC. Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a not-for-profit Public Sector Enterprise and largest early stage biotech funding programme. Agdhi has received a grant from BIG for USD 70,000/- for their flagship product, “SeedVision- Seed Classifier and Quality Analyser.”
SeedVision is an AI-based seed phenotyping method that classify critical parameters of a seed in a few minutes. This product would help the farmers get good seeds for cultivation and help growers improve the number of cycles because of faster payment realization from seed companies. This automated technique provides an efficient method for seed sorting compared to manual inspection, and the reports are accessible on a real-time basis.
“BIG team at C-CAMP quoted “The entire team at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) have been a part of extensive discussions with the team Agdhi all through the 5 months of the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) application process and are very glad to have them on board as an awardee. The need and gap in the seed assessment market was clearly validated and executed till the idea to proof of principle stage by the technical team at Agdhi. We recognise the proposed solution at Agdhi is tailor-made, traction oriented and look forward to many more discussions through and post the BIG grant.”
Speaking on this occasion, Vaibhav Kashikar Co-Founder & Director (Marketing) – Agdhi, said, “We are delighted to announce the grant we have received that will support start-ups like us in bringing technology closer to market and help in the commercialization of the product across India”. He further added that with a vision to disrupt technology in the agriculture sector, we plan to bring new technologies like block chain, edge computing, IoT, and microbiology in agriculture.
Agdhi is an agritech startup based in Bengaluru which aims to create the next revolution in agriculture. The startup is revolutionizing agriculture by introducing digital technology and building alternative solutions to facilitate sustainable methods in agriculture.
Agdhi has won National Bio Entrepreneurship Competition #NBEC2020 for best Agri Tech start up and has recently joined NVIDIA Inception, a program designed to nurture startups revolutionizing industries with advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data sciences.
Thus, today Agdhi is building new age products & solutions catering to the seed & farmers community.
About Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) Flagship Program by BIRAC
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a not-for-profit Public Sector Enterprise, set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India as an Interface Agency to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprise to undertake strategic research and innovation, addressing nationally relevant product development needs.
BIG is the largest early stage biotech funding programme in India. It is currently managed through 8 BIG Partners across the country who works with the Ignition grantees (BIG Innovators) to provide mentoring, monitoring, networking and other business development related activities.