Nurturing Agri-Startups
Powered by (RKVY-RAFTAAR), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare

A special initiative incubation program by Pusa Krishi, ICAR-IARI, nurturing early-stage innovators & entrepreneurs to transform the future of agriculture. Upja provides technology validation, mentoring & guidance, pilot opportunities, go-to market support, and industry linkage to startups with innovative solutions at MVP (Minimum Viable Product) stage

Application Deadline: 6 June 2021
Benefits

UPTO INR 25,00,000
GRANT-IN-AID

TECHNOLOGY VALIDATION & BACKSTOPPING

PILOT OPPORTUNITIES & INSTITUTIONAL NETWORK

BUSINESS MENTORING FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS

ACCESS TO CUTTING-EDGE INFRASTRUCTURE

MARKET LINKAGES & INVESTOR’S CONNECT

Program
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Put your startup on a fast-track

Focus Areas

1. FARM MECHANIZATION
2. PRECISION AGRICULTURE
3. SUPPLY CHAIN & AGRICULTURE LOGISTICS
4. POST-HARVEST, FOOD TECHNOLOGY & VALUE ADDITION
5. WASTE TO WEALTH & GREEN ENERGY
6. AGRICULTURE ALLIED SECTORS
7. AGRI FINTECH
8. AGRICULTURAL INPUTS & BIOTECHNOLOGY
9. NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
10.AGRICULTURE EXTENSION & EDUCATION

Program Process

FAQs

UPJA, a Launch pad for Agri-Startups is an initiative of Pusa Krishi, ICAR-IARI powered by RKVY-RAFTAAR Scheme of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India. The main aim is to provide funding and mentoring support to establish and validate innovation pertaining only to agriculture and allied sector. Funding will be in the form of milestones-based Grant‐ in‐Aid limited up‐to Rs 5 Lakh.

An entity (Private Limited Company or Registered Partnership Firm or Limited Liability Partnership) shall be considered as per Startup India definition under notification G.S.R. 180(E) dated February 17, 2016. Any Individual with innovation can apply under the program, if selected would be facilitated for company formation according to guidelines of Startup India.

A proprietorship or a public limited company is not eligible as startup. A one-person company, being a private limited company is entitled to be recognized as a 'startup'.

Any organization/ individual applying for the program should not have any religious or political affiliations, and should have not been blacklisted by the government or any major agency/entity, and have no pending litigation in any court of law. The applicant is obligated to inform Pusa Krishi in case of any change in status of the aforementioned.

All applicants must first fill in their organization profile and then submit their proposal through our online/ offline application portal in order to have their proposal considered and reviewed.

Each applicant can choose to submit their application via Google Form/ F6S/ Startup- India website / Offline mode.

We encourage tech geek student to apply for the program as we would support them to the fullest for validation and company formation subject to their selection in the Incubation Program.

This program seeks solutions which follow the broad agri and allied guidelines mentioned below.

Agri Inputs

Precision Farming/ IoT/ ICT

Agricultural Supply Chain

Post-Harvest & Food Technology

Farm Mechanization

Natural Resource Management

Animal Husbandry, Dairying

Agri Clinics & Farm Health services

Agricultural Biotechnology

Agri Ext Education

Waste to Wealth, Secondary Agriculture

AI/ Blockchain in Agriculture

The Jury will evaluate an application based on the following criteria’s but not limited to:

Actionability

How soon can the model be deployed on a reasonable scale?

What is the gestation period for the model?

Effectiveness

How effective can the solution be? What is the impact potential? What value does the solution create?

Is the solution likely to be adopted by users and other stakeholders?

To what degree does the solution address the problem?

How feasible is the solution?

Team Capabilities

What key competencies are possessed by the applicants’ organization and partners (if any)?

Measurability

How measurable are the solution outputs & outcomes?

Scalability and Replicability

How scalable is the solution?

How easily can the solution be replicated in other contexts and geographies?

Financial Aspects

How will the value created by the solution sustain or how will the solution continue after grant is over?

How much funding support can the solution attract?

Pusa Krishi team will review the application along with highly-qualified and esteemed Jury Panel. This would consist of a diverse panel of seasoned experts in Agriculture sector like Scientists, Industrialist, Banking professional, Ministry representative, etc. to evaluate innovations that are unique and implementable.

Applicants will be selected from open call across India. After initial screening selected applicant would be called for Round-2 (Presentation Round) in front of expert panel. The selected applicants from Round-2 will be invited for 2-Months of Incubation program by ZTM & BPD Unit, were they would learn from Nut & Bolts of Startup Journey, Indian Agriculture landscape to Fintech and Technology validation with 1-on-1 mentoring sessions by technical and business experts.

RKVY- RAFTAAR scheme focuses on innovation in agriculture and allied sector, but existing ideas can be supported subject to the extensive market traction and commerciality Nationally

  • Well curated 2 Months Incubation program  
  • Technical and Business mentoring from Industry experts.
  • Long term Incubation with fund facilitation support 
  • Access to Incubation facilities 
  • Media and Marketing support
  • Product development
  • Testing and Trials
  • Test Marketing through Exhibitions
  • IPR support and facilitation

The ownership of the submitted solution and/or innovation lies with applicant and/or with its affiliates. Pusa Krishi does not claim ownership and intellectual property rights to the submitted applications.

No, we do not accept multiple entries from one organization/ applicant.

Partnerships and collaboration are welcome within a single application. However, applicants can submit the proposal from one primary organization’s profile only. If awarded, the grant will be made to the same institution.

You can save your responses and come back to edit them before you submit them. (Applies in online mode only)

Please contact upja@pusakrishi.in for questions and issues regarding UPJA Incubation Program (Pre-Seed Grant Support)

Yes, you can apply as long as you are convinced that your solution can address the problem in agriculture effectively. Your application must strongly demonstrate how your solution will work in solving the challenges in agri-domain. Your solution must be tried and tested in other scenarios and ready to be implemented.

Applicants/ their Organizations that have at least piloted their solution or made a prototype at a small scale before are ideal candidates to apply in ARISE. However, promising organizations that have finished developing their prototype and looking to pilot their solution at a small scale will also be considered.

Being a government organization, we strictly maintain confidentiality of all the proposals received under all Incubation Programs. All the reviewers sign a non-disclosure agreement and no conflict agreement before viewing the proposals and same is maintained during the mentoring sessions.

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