Innovative Solutions Triumph: Winners Unveiled at PIC’s 11th National Competition for Social Innovators (NCSI) 2023


**Innovative Solutions Triumph: Winners Unveiled at PIC’s 11th National Competition for Social Innovators (NCSI) 2023**

**PUNE:** Pune International Centre (PIC) Social Innovation Lab (SI Lab) proudly declares the winners of the much awaited 11th National Conference on Social Innovation (NCSI) held today at YASHADA Auditorium, Baner Road, Pune.

**The winners of NCSI 2023 are:**

**Urban Category**

* **Winner:** Eco Bio Group Pvt Ltd – for their Eco BioTraps, a simple, non-electronic, 100% biodegradable device that attracts, traps and kills female mosquitoes and destroys their larvae, thus breaking the chain of their breeding; Founder: Mr. Prasad Phadke

**Rural Category**

* **Winner:** Cowbit Technologies Pvt Ltd – for their cattle health monitoring system; Founders: Mr. Diptimayee Mishra & Mr. Ananda Mishra

**Tribal Category**

* **Winner:** Aahan Foundation for Social Change – for their innovative approach to empowering girls through education, sports, arts, girls network, and creating safe spaces in tribal areas; Founder: Dr. Rashmi Tiwary

Each winner, a force of change, walks away with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and invaluable mentorship from PIC’s Social Innovation Lab mentors. The awards were presented by Dr. Vijay Kelkar, Vice President of PIC, in the presence of Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, President of PIC, and Abhay Vaidya, Director of PIC.

The event kicked off with the 13th Anjani Mashelkar Prize awarded to innovator Gayatri Choda of Aarca Research for their revolutionary health screening solution, IHRA – Intelligent Health Risk Assessment (IHRA), a first-of-its-kind, ultra-affordable, early screening solution for detecting Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, and High Cholesterol using non-invasive technology for under Rs 10 per scan.

**About PIC’s Social Innovation Lab (SI Lab)**

The Pune International Centre’s Social Innovation Lab (SI Lab) is a platform that fosters and supports social innovation in India. The SI Lab provides a range of services to social entrepreneurs, including mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities. The SI Lab also hosts a number of events and programs throughout the year, such as the National Conference on Social Innovation (NCSI).

**About the National Conference on Social Innovation (NCSI)**

The National Conference on Social Innovation (NCSI) is India’s premier event for social innovators. The NCSI is an annual event that brings together social entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors, and other stakeholders to share ideas and solutions for addressing social challenges. The NCSI is a platform for social innovators to showcase their work and connect with potential partners and funders.

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