Maruti Suzuki India and Nadathur S Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL), the start-up center of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), have announced the winners of the 1st cohort of the Maruti Suzuki Incubation Program.

The three Bangalore-based startups – True Assistive, eShipz and Hycube Works – emerged as winners, 1st and 2nd respectively. They will now have the opportunity to undertake a paid “proof of concept” with Maruti Suzuki for actual commercial use of their technologies.

Anand Sri Ganesh, Chief Operating Officer, NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore, said, “The early stage startups that were part of the program provided unique solutions through high-risk disruptive technologies. We are happy to work alongside Maruti Suzuki to extend a dynamic innovation environment to these startups. The program has also helped startups develop skills to equip them to create highly scalable mobility solutions. We are excited to develop many more futuristic solutions in the next cohort. »

Out of 400 applications, 7 startups were selected for the 6-month incubation course. Prior to this, participants went through a 3-month inception phase during which they engaged in various sessions, workshops, peer-to-peer learning activities and received regular one-on-one mentoring and counseling sessions. Experts in the field of

Maruti Suzuki has also mentored and guided startups to create the right product. The selection committee made up of experts from Maruti Suzuki and NSRCEL evaluated the candidates and interviewed more than 120 contractors.

The 7 startups and their domains that presented their co-created solution to management were True Assistive (assistive technology for people with disabilities), eShipz (enterprise multi-courier shipping solution), Hycube Works (disability technology). automotive-grade 3D printing), ValetEZ (smart parking management solution), Blinkin (AR/VR-based remote diagnostics), Vecros (drone-based solutions) and Kuldew, (car rental marketplace).

With this, IIMB-NSRCEL and Maruti Suzuki India have also announced the launch of the 2nd cohort of their incubation program and are inviting applications from early-stage, tech-focused startups interested in working in the field of mobility.