NEWS April 3, 2024

Carbon Storage in Tiles, EV Batteries and Wearables Placed in ISHOW India 2024

Seven social entrepreneurs in India are selected as regional finalists in the ASME Innovation Showcase, the social innovation accelerator that will take place April 24-25 in Chennai.

2024 ASME ISHOW India finalists are developing technological solutions to address challenges in sustainable agricultural, habitat, energy, healthcare, and transportation.   

Indian entrepreneurs developing smart batteries for electric vehicles, low-impact hydropower in irrigation canals, carbon-storing tiles and wearable medical devices rank among the seven finalists of ASME ISHOW India 2024.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) announced the regional finalists of the 2024 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) this week. ASME ISHOW is an international accelerator of hardware-led social ventures. The seven Indian teams will pitch their new products and business models, and participate in a design and engineering review beginning April 24 at the Hyatt Regency Chennai.

Three regional winners will be selected to join the 2024 ASME ISHOW cohort and announced at an invitation-only awards ceremony on April 25.

The ISHOW India finalists are competing for a share of (USD) $30,000 in grant awards and technical support to help bring their innovations to market.

The regional finalists are:

Adiabatic Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India) for its “Intelligent Battery Tech for Electric Vehicles” – a full-stack robust battery technology for mass mobility applications, including a combination of intelligent data insights, robust battery tech, extended life, and fast charging, and strong after-sales service

BluPower (Siliguri, West Bengal, India) for its “Energy Recovery Hydropower” – which utilizes existing, pressurized, manmade water conveyances that are already diverting water from a natural waterway for the primary purpose of distributing water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption

CarbonCraft (Hubli, Karnataka, India) for its “CarbonCraft – Carbon emissions into building materials” – an efficient way to permanently store carbon emissions to develop tiles, aggregates, bricks, and other building materials

Jarsh (Hyderabad, Telangana, India) for its “ProHat” – a smart safety wearable for the industrial workforce

Periwinkle Labs Pvt. Ltd. (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India) for its “Ikshana” technology – a discreet wearable device that delivers electrical stimulation to treat urinary incontinence, which affects one in every three women over age 30

Saptkrishi Scientific Pvt. Ltd. (Bhagalpur, Bihar, India) for its “Sabjikothi” solution – a range of affordable storage that maintains freshness and extends the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables up to 30 days without chemicals, preservatives, or refrigerants, using only 20 watts of power (including solar) and a battery backup

Zodhya (Hyderabad, Telangana, India) for its “AI devices for energy efficiency” – plug-in AI devices to reduce energy consumption and lower emissions by 30% for commercial buildings and industries, which already have saved 50,000 electrical units and reduced 45,000 kg CO2 emissions.

The 2024 ISHOW cohort will be invited to the annual ISHOW Bootcamp in the winter to receive an extensive and customized design and engineering review by experts curated to guide them as they scale to market. They will also have a chance to earn a second round of seed grants from ASME. They become part of the ISHOW alumni network, an international community of hardware innovators and stakeholders with exclusive access to experts and resources.

“Through the vision and creativity of these talented entrepreneurs and the guidance of expert mentors, ASME ISHOW and IDEA LAB are transforming groundbreaking ideas into market-ready products that improve lives,” said ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile. “These programs are key components of ASME’s sustainability and climate strategy, aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

The application deadline is May 1 for innovators in Africa seeking consideration for ISHOW Kenya, an in-person event to be held June 19-20 in Nairobi. Applications are due June 1 for social entrepreneurs in the Americas seeking consideration for ISHOW USA, a virtual event scheduled for July 23-25. Three ventures selected at each event will join the ISHOW 2024 cohort.

The ASME ISHOW hardware accelerator is open to individuals and organizations taking physical products to market that will have a positive social and environmental impact and that improve the quality of life around the world. Each year, ASME ISHOW matches up to 30 carefully selected innovators with appropriate experts to ensure that the proposed hardware solutions are technologically, environmentally, culturally, and financially sustainable. To date, ISHOW has enabled over 230 startups from more than 35 countries to solve critical quality-of-life challenges for vulnerable populations worldwide. ISHOW alumni have developed affordable devices to address issues including clean combustion, crop threshing, fetal health, food waste prevention, health diagnostics, safe drinking water, and many more that address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

ASME ISHOW judges and facilitators include experts in research, sustainability, mechanical engineering and product design, manufacturing, startup financing, supply chain, and business strategy, representing organizations including Villgro, Yostra Labs, and more. These subject matter experts provide technical and strategic guidance based on ISHOW’s five key pillars: customer/user knowledge, hardware validation, manufacturing optimization, implementation strategy, and impact.

ASME is grateful to The Lemelson Foundation for its continued support of the ISHOW with a multi-year strategic investment in the ASME and Engineering for Change ecosystem and to ISHOW implementation partners around the globe. Learn more about ISHOW’s global impact in this dynamic dashboard.

Follow the journeys of ISHOW alumni including GenH, PlenOptika, Himalayan Rocket Stove, SAYeTECH and others here.

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