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CSR: Tech Start-ups That are Solving India’s Problems


India is one of the fastest-growing economies. The innovative way of solving problems that the country faces is often credited as one of the major reasons for this growth.

With the growing importance of CSR and participation on India Inc in national development, an urge to participate in the drive of solving India’s problems is growing. This claim is substantiated by the following tech start-ups that are aimed at solving the problems of the country.

  1. Promorph

Government schools carry the stigma of sub-par quality of education. The problem, however, is not always the lack of funds or adequate government support. It is the lack of access to real-time information about the schools across the country.

A startup called Promorph has developed and successfully implemented a smart system, ‘EmpowerU’. This system leverages technology and analytics to perform real-time monitoring and evaluation in schools. This is accomplished with a mobile application enabled with geofencing, which works even in the remotest of villages, with zero internet connectivity.

  1. Yostra

Started by Vinayak Nandalike, Yostra Labs Private Limited is a healthcare technology firm that has been pioneering smart innovations to make healthcare effective, affordable and sustainable.

With a major focus on diabetes patients, Yostra has designed two affordable and portable products, Sparsh and Kadam.

Sparsh is a diagnostic device which treats diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Kadam, on the other hand, is a therapeutic device responsible for reducing the healing time of chronic wounds.

  1. Adiuvo Diagnostics

Adiuvo is a unique health-tech company based in Chennai that has been driving substantial change in medical diagnosis, ensuring correct treatment from the very start. Its a state-of-the-art portable Point-Of-Care solution promises a rapid, non-invasive, reagent-less imaging system to assess and monitor Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (SSTIs). In other words, they manufacture an affordable handheld medical device, called the Skin-Scope, which uses machine learning to non-invasively detect and classify skin infections in under two minutes. This could be a massive improvement over the traditional culture technique where a diagnosis can take up to four days.

  1. Oorja

Amit Saraogi and Clementine Chambon started Oorja in 2016 as an energy services company focused on replacing diesel engines with affordable, reliable solar energy systems for productive power in rural markets. Its first innovation was a pay-per-use irrigation service called Oonnati, that is 20 per cent cheaper than diesel-pumps and provides year-round water for marginal farmers.