UK launches new tech awards for India

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London | Published: September 30, 2016 8:05:54 PM

The UK today launched the new 'DevTech Awards' to recognise entrepreneurs who create innovative tech-based solutions that benefit India's poor and create a positive impact in a number of areas, including in education and agriculture.

The UK today launched the new 'DevTech Awards' to recognise entrepreneurs who create innovative tech-based solutions that benefit India's poor and create a positive impact in a number of areas, including in education and agriculture. (PTI)The UK today launched the new ‘DevTech Awards’ to recognise entrepreneurs who create innovative tech-based solutions that benefit India’s poor and create a positive impact in a number of areas, including in education and agriculture. (PTI)

The UK today launched the new ‘DevTech Awards’ to recognise entrepreneurs who create innovative tech-based solutions that benefit India’s poor and create a positive impact in a number of areas, including in education and agriculture.

The new awards are aimed at entrepreneurs and innovators who have used technology to address some of the most critical development challenges faced by India’s poor and create a positive, large scale impact in areas such as education, skills, agriculture, nutrition and basic services.

DevTech winners will win a trip to the UK, which will include access to the best of British expertise and a chance to pitch to potential investors at the India UK Tech Summit in New Delhi between November 7 and 9.

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is leading the initiative as technical partner while Villgro – as implementing partner – will manage the process of receiving applications, shortlisting, facilitating the pitching sessions of shortlisted entrepreneurs to a jury who will select two winners.

“I am delighted to announce the DevTech Awards in India. These awards recognise India’s vibrant entrepreneurs who have developed tech-based solutions to help India’s poor,” said Marshall Elliott, head of DFID India.

“The winners will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the forthcoming India UK Tech Summit, alongside the best of British and Indian technical experts,” Elliott said.

The closing date for applications for the awards, launched by British High Commission in association with the Tech Rocketship Awards, is October 15.

The UK is partnering the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for this year’s UK Tech Summit, being seen as an opportunity to explore even closer UK-India cooperation across many fields including government of India’s key initiatives such as Start-up India, Make in India; Smart Cities Mission and Digital India.

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