Ten Indian social startups that were striving to bring positive impact on India and the world using technology has won the Google Impact Challenge. The Search Giant will give a funding of 32 crore to these startups, according to Google India Blog.
In August Google Impact made it to Indian soils in search of the social entrepreneurs who would use technology to improve once community and the world. The impact challenge attracted thousands of applications for how to spark social impact in India. The proposals were so great that it took over 160 Googlers to review the pile and handpick the top 10 finalists.
The 10 finalists presented their concepts to the panel of judges which included Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora, Google board member Ram Shriram, Google Director of Giving Jacquelline Fuller, Social Worker and former Chairperson of Thermax Anu Aga and Omidyar Network India Advisors Managing Director Jayant Sinha.
Agastya: Launch a network of motorbike science labs to address the lack of science equipment and digital resources for rural children.
Digital Green: Scale a video hub and an online knowledge platform to help farmers gain the agricultural skills they need to lower their costs and increase their productivity.
Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship & Democracy: Create online and mobile apps to connect citizens to their government representatives in urban India.
The fourth winner was picked by public, over the half a million votes cast during the ten day voting period. It was a project from Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives that combines solar-powered micro-ionizing water purification and bio-digesting technology to improve water and sanitation infrastructure for rural villages.
The four of these winners will get a 3 crore funding by the Google Impact Challenge and as well as Google mentoring to help get their projects off the ground.
The panel which was also very impressed by the remaining 6 finalist and offered each one of them the seed funding of Rs 1.5 crore to refine and scale their impact.