COMBATTING THE PROBLEMS OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SECTOR
What is Manush Labs Sustainability Accelerator?
Manush Labs presents its first impact program - Sustainability Accelerator 2020. Innovative startups and SMEs will get a chance to scale their innovations to help address India's critical socio-economic challenges faced by the food and agriculture sector.
The program provides a platform for innovative early-stage social startups, SMEs, and creative innovators with guidance, knowledge access, tools, partnerships, and due diligence information needed to build their venture ideas. After the program, selected teams will get to work with our supporting organizations (incubation centers and investors) to launch or scale their ideas.
Food and Agriculture sector is one of the prime sectors contributing to the Indian economy. The agriculture sector alone contributes about 15% of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). India has been an agrarian society for time immemorial, with almost half of its population directly or indirectly involved with agriculture. With the growing agriculture sector, India’s food ecosystem is another area that is on the rise. The food sector in India offers huge growth opportunities in areas like food processing, storage, retail, marketing, and others. Innovative advancements in food and agriculture sector would empower the lives of millions of people engaged directly or indirectly with the sector.
We look forward to working with innovators to overcome challenges across India's food and agriculture value chain in ways that promote affordability, accessibility to markets and inputs, resource efficiency, preservation of natural systems & favorable user experience for stakeholders.
CALL FOR INNOVATIONS
How we produce
Sustainable food production is critical to India’s rising population given that agriculture is mainly carried out in small farms. Small farm size, lack of technological advancements in farming techniques, conventional farming practices, etc have led to decrease in agriculture productivity. Conventional farming techniques exhibit challenges in economies of scale, wastage, nutrient leakage, and a high tax bill on fertilizers that damage produce, farmers' and consumers' health.
Suggested solution areas:
Urban farming: Improving current methods and exploring possible alternatives
Improving ergonomics in agriculture through Agritech innovations
Bolstering local and organic food production and distribution
Sustainable manufacturing of raw materials (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)
Problem diagnosis sessions with field experts
Opportunity to pitch to program partners, global and local investors, critical business leaders, and local role models
Technology and domain
expertise from local and global mentors
PEER TO PEER
Feedback sessions with peers, investors, and successful startups and SMEs in the food and agri sector of India
Startups: Opportunity to receive seed funding of upto Rs. 1 crore from our investment partners.
SMEs: becoming eligible to win a share of Rs 100 crore funding from Wadhwani Foundation.
MARKET AND NETWORK
Startups: Access to Social Alpha's incubation programs.
SMEs: Access to Wadhwani Foundation's Advantage Program.
Inculcating Manush-Centered thinking and developing interpersonal skills
Opportunity to refine business-plan through intensive user-research activities
WHO CAN APPLY
We are looking for Start-ups and SMEs (Social Enterprises) that have developed or are developing technology-based innovations that have the potential to create an impact in the Food and Agriculture Sector and demonstrate business model sustainability.
The SME sector has gained recognition from the United Nations. According to the United Nations, SMEs act as first responders to the needs of society, provide a safety net for inclusiveness, and are a primary driver of poverty alleviation and development
THE MANUSH WAY
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Cultivating Systems Thinking
Manush Labs focuses on inculcating systems approach in problem-solving. We will help startups and SMEs build an ecosystem around their ideas. Teams will get to learn from the experienced experts of relevant impact organizations.
Working with tier 2 cities of India.
Manus Labs recognizes that the huge socio-economic challenges of post covid India can’t be solved by a handful of people from a handful of urban areas. To utilize the full potential of India's entrepreneurship ecosystem, our aim is to find solutions from the nooks and corners of the country.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
Manush Labs is an impact accelerator that attempts to solve deep-rooted problems of Indian society by empowering entrepreneurs with capital, knowledge access, and networks. We catalyze the vision of government, social organizations, foundations, and corporations, who align with our objectives and are focussed on combating Indian problems, by making them essential partners in our value chain.
Social Alpha promotes innovations and entrepreneurship with a mission to create large scale sustainable social, economic and environmental impact. Social Alpha nurtures start-ups through their lab to market journey, helping them create high quality, commercially viable, accessible and affordable solutions. Social Alpha is focused on catalysing entrepreneurship for impact and provides critical technology and business incubation support to the mission driven startups.
More info @ www.socialalpha.org.
Wadhwani Foundation is a not-for-profit with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies by driving large-scale job creation through entrepreneurship, innovation and skills development. Founded in 2000 by Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, today the Foundation is scaling impact in 25 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America