Tamil Nadu Agri Hackathon 2022 I StartupTN Contest (Regional Contest)

Registration Ends: 25th Nov 2022 (Refer Contest Website) Reward: Funding of up to INR 10 Lakh

Contest Background:

Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation Mission (StartupTN) under the MSME Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu is organizing the “Tamil Nadu Agri Hackathon 2022”. The Hackathon launched on November 10 is in line with the agriculture budget announcement for 2022-23. The Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Tamil Nadu, Thiru M.R.K. Panneerselvam in Agriculture Budget 2022-23 announced that “Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation Mission (StartupTN), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, will organize a special hackathon for technical issues related to agriculture to identify startups that can solve their problems.Those agritech startups with commercially viable ideas will be funded with a grant of up to Rs. 10 Lakh.


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Problem Statements of the Contest:

Mechanical Palmyra Tree Climbing Device

Palmyra, Tamil Nadu’s State tree, has a lot to offer from its root to shoot throughout its lifecycle. Realising the importance of the tree, the Government is taking measures to save the tree and helping farmers realise the importance of this no-cost-for-maintenance tree and reap its benefits by directly selling the produce and through value addition. Palmyra climbers rely on locally developed tools and techniques to ascend trees. They have opted for alternative jobs for this tiring and dangerous task. StartupTN is looking for mechanical Palmyra tree climbers which can solve the problem for local conditions.


Integrated or Standalone Tapioca Harvester and Cleaner

Sago, produced from Tapioca, is a staple food in many States in India. Tamil Nadu is a major producer of Tapioca and Sago. Manual harvesting, cleaning and peeling of Tapioca are tedious, labour intensive, resource - consuming and expensive. Soil characteristics, bond with the tubers, nature and size of tubers, depth and width of the cluster were constraints that affected earlier attempts at mechanisation. Drop in labour availability is adding to the woes of this industry. StartupTN is looking for cost effective methods or solutions for Tapioca farmers and sago producers.

Efficient Point of Transaction Testing for Agricultural Commodities

Assessing the quality of farm produce the old fashioned way and using ad-hoc methods are time consuming and highly subjective. Almost all the difficulties associated with buying and selling agricultural products can be traced back to lack of trust between the parties involved over the quality of the products. StartupTN is looking for cutting edge point of transaction scientific testing methods and solutions for agriculture and food commodities.

Innovative Solutions to Extend the Shelf Life of Food and Agri Products

It is crucial to extend the storage life of agricultural products as they continue to emit stored oxygen and energy even long after harvest. StartupTN is looking for technologies that can extend the shelf life of a wide range of perishable foods and cut down on waste.


Guidelines for the contest:

The ‘Tamil Nadu Agri Hackathon 2022’ challenges innovators from all over the State from diverse domains to build solutions that can address these pressing issues of concern in contemporary agriculture. For detailed problem statements and to submit your innovative products and solutions, visit www.startuptn.in. Applications should be submitted before 5 PM on November 25, 2022.

The applications will be scrutinised by a panel of experts based on the merits of the innovation in terms of desirability, feasibility and viability. Shortlisted Startups will participate in a boot camp before presenting the best innovative products and solutions on stage in the last week of January 2023. The winning solutions will receive the funding, support, mentorship and facilities required from StartupTN, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, and other Government agencies concerned to implement and scale.


Who can apply?

A Startup or an aspiring team (students / mainstream) with an idea, proof of concept or traction can participate in the Hackathon.


Reward:

  • Funding of up to INR 10 Lakh


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