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June 26, 2020
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Nexus Startup Covered by SPAN Magazine!

COVID may be having a devastating impact on our industries and social lives, but it has also prompted many start-ups to invent or reinvent themselves to adhere to the current circumstances, and Nexus start-up Saral Designs is just such an example.

Saral Designs, a Mumbai-based startup, provides access to high-quality and affordable menstrual hygiene products through its SWACHH range of pad-making machines and innovative distribution model. The team has also teamed up with the Maharashtra State Innovation Society to help with the distribution of more than 100,000 sanitary napkins in Mumbai’s slum areas affected by the pandemic.

However, in late March this year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the startup modified its pad-making machine to make surgical masks, to address the country-wide need of personal protective equipment. The startup collaborated with the Mahindra Group to produce three-ply masks.

Nexus is very proud of Saral Designs and its contribution to the fight against the Coronavirus!

To know more, visit https://span.state.gov/business/designing-better-hygiene/20200400?fbclid=IwAR0-p6-cVz3Mp0wPEIhu3p3bZjeVpk-rgHY23XalWgBtFWjOof_nbxQZ9gM

June 18, 2020
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Nexus Startup Founder Chosen as an Esteemed Member of South Asia Women in Energy

Sadikshya Aryal, the founder of Nexus startup Himalayan Innovations, was selected as an esteemed member of South Asia Women in Energy, an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S.- India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) to promote women’s empowerment and gender sensitization in the energy sector in South Asia.

Announced last year in September by Edgard Kagan as Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy in India, the platform brings together women leaders across the energy sector to design interventions focused around women’s participation in networking and professional development that can help bridge the gender gaps. https://sawie.org

USAID supports this initiative as part of its “Greening the Grid - Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (GTG-RISE)” initiative, a project with the Indian Ministry of Power.

Sadikshya has long been a leader in the energy sector in Nepal and in South Asia. Her startup, Himalayan Innovations, is a rural innovation enterprise based out of Nepal with a focus on renewable energy. The company focuses on designing, prototyping, and piloting products for the rural population in Nepal. During their time at Nexus, they worked on providing affordable, durable, upgradeable and portable solar home systems to the off-the-grid population in Nepal. They partner with the local municipal governments in those rural areas to identify small, women-owned businesses that could benefit from subsidized solar systems. They also conduct training sessions on electronic engineering for local women and offers employment to those who excel.

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Testing solar panel system in Nepal

Sadikshya is also a Program Manager at the Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal.Nexus is truly proud of Sadikshya and her team at Himalayan Innovations!

Read more about Sadikshya and SAWIE here https://sawie.org/esteemed-members/sadikshya-aryal/

May 28, 2020
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Innovation in the Mountains!

Nexus start-up Himalayan Innovations, a rural innovation enterprise based out of Nepal with a focus on renewable energy, has been featured by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for its work on renewable energy and rural empowerment.

Founded by the brother-sister duo Sadikshya and Kuldeep Aryal, Himalayan Innovations focuses primarily on designing, prototyping, and piloting products for the rural population in Nepal. They have partnered with different organizations at the grass-root level for scaled implementation of their projects. The start-up works with rural community members to design customized solutions, and partners with the local municipal governments in those rural areas to identify small, women-owned businesses that could benefit from subsidized solar panels. It also conducts training sessions on electronic engineering for local women, challenging gender stereotypes, and offering employment to those who excel.

Nexus is proud to support innovative start-ups such as Himalayan Innovations that are working to make the world a better place!

To know more, please visit https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=177719813584847

May 18, 2020
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Nexus Partners with Zoho

There is no better way of solving challenges than the saying “two heads are better than one”. Collaborations and strategic partnerships are integral to improving business outcomes, and with every collaboration, Nexus provides a helping hand towards each of its startups to grow and scale.

Through our collaborations, our startups receive benefits worth more than a hundred thousand dollars. The most recent partnership between Nexus and Zoho is a great addition to that list.

The ZohoOne operating system was created to act as an ecosystem enabler for startups, and in the past two years, more than 20,000 customers have registered for their product. Through this partnership, each of our startups will be able to use the One suite of Zoho’s applications, which will help them to launch a website and market their businesses.

ACIR and Nexus will continue to add more partners and benefits to help its startups grow and commercialize!

May 16, 2020
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Nexus Startup Wins the Challenge COVID-19 Competition

COVID has had a devastating impact on our industries and social lives, but it has also prompted many start-ups to rise to the occasion to help the country fight the pandemic, and Nexus start-up BelBird Technologies is just such an example.

BelBird Technologies is a unique non-camera-based surveillance provider, whose solution is based on sensors and proprietary software applications. It has been awarded INR 300K by the National Innovation Foundation- India to develop an IoT-integrated sanitizer dispenser under the Challenge COVID-19 Competition (C3).

Nexus is very proud of BelBird Technologies and its contribution to the fight against the Coronavirus!

To know about BelBird Technologies, please visit their website: belbirdtechnologies.com

April 01, 2020
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Nexus Start-up DronaMaps Fights COVID

COVID maybe having a devastating impact on our industries and social lives, but it has also prompted many start-ups to invent or reinvent themselves to adhere to the current circumstances, and Nexus start-up DronaMaps is just such an example.

With the help of local governments, DronaMaps has used its expertise in geospatial intelligence to create a “command and control” center dashboard solution with reliable data on positive cases, locations of the home quarantined, and geofencing for compliance of lockdown to equip administrative bodies to fight the pandemic. So far, their solution has been implemented across five Indian states and has clocked more than 2 million views since the day of its launch.

The founders of DronaMaps, Utkarsh Singh, and Ayushi Mishra, have also been featured by Forbes in the "Asia 30 Under 30" under the Enterprise Technology category.

Nexus is very proud of DronaMaps and its contribution to the fight against the Coronavirus!

March 31, 2020
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Nexus Graduates Cohort 9

Nexus concluded its 9th cohort of 7 impressive start-ups on the 31st of March. The 7 start-ups were chosen from over 240 applications received from across India and represented diverse industry sectors such as the Medical, Educational, Financial, Aerospace and Sustainability sectors.

All the start-ups completed the intense nine-week pre-incubation training program that featured, in addition to the regular classwork, a structured online Innovation Readiness program from the University of Texas, personalized mentoring and workshops led by expert speakers and industry leaders from India and the United States.

Considering the current circumstances, Nexus had to change to an online model half way through the program. One could say, we ran a virtual cohort with our instructors conducting classes from the safety of their homes. On graduation day, unlike the graduation ceremony and reception that we usually have, we had a virtual session where the graduating start-ups made two-minute lightning pitches amongst a closed group of people. Please check out our latest graduates here: https://startupnexus.in/portfolio.html

March 26, 2020
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Online Classes at Nexus!

Because of the nationwide lockdown, companies have to change the way they work, and Nexus is no exception. But as Bill Gates shared in one of his TED talks, “There is no need to panic… but we need to get going.”, and that is what we at Nexus believe as well!

Considering the current circumstances, Nexus has made all of its classes virtual. No lockdown can stop Nexus from its mission of helping its startups grow and commercialize, and so we are bringing the classes to you. One could say, we are running a virtual cohort! For the past week, our startups have been attending all the sessions from the safety of their own homes, and they shall continue to do so until things get better. Our instructors conduct classes from the safety of their homes. In short, Nexus is always there to help you!

March 26, 2020
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Nexus Start-up Wins the Social Alpha Quest for Agri-tech Innovation Award!

Nexus start-up Distinct Horizon, an innovative agri-tech company working towards developing breakthrough technologies to help marginalized farmers by increasing food production, has won the Social Alpha Quest for Agri-tech Innovation award.

Through this, the start-up will be able to further scale up its innovation with the help of tech support from IIT Kanpur, advocacy support from Tata Trust, and financial assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Feb 26, 2020
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Nexus start-up wins exclusive mandate with Chandigarh Smart City Limited

Nexus start-up SmartBike Mobility, a Hyderabad-based public bike-sharing start-up, has won an exclusive mandate from Chandigarh Smart City Limited to station 5,000 smart bicycles at 617 docking stations across the city.

The project will be executed over multiple phases for 18 months. SmartBike will also be required to build the docking stations in return for advertising rights at these docking stations. Both manual and e-cycles, which can be taken and returned through a smart app, will be available at the docking stations to promote an alternate mode of transport in the city. Each bicycle will be equipped with a GPS tracker to avoid theft. The docking stations will be placed in a way to address last-mile connectivity to public buses and major commercial marketplaces.

SmartBike is successfully operational in New Delhi and Chennai, having won exclusive mandates from the city governments. Its project is aimed at reducing vehicular pollution menace in Indian cities."

Feb 14, 2020
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Nexus startup wins the prestigious Technoviti Innovation award

"Nexus start-up Escrowffrr won the prestigious Technoviti Innovation award for 2020 for its innovative solution in the payments ecosystem. Out of the thousands of applications that were received, only a handful received recognition for their pathbreaking innovative solutions in the financial sector. Escrowffrr was recognized by the jury for its unique proposition of democratizing the use and adoption of digital escrows.

Initiated in 2014, Technoviti Conference & Awards is India’s leading platform for Technovators to showcase their innovations. "

Jan 31, 2020
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Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Visits Nexus

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce, visited the Nexus startup hub at the American Center to show her support for entrepreneurship in India. She appreciated the way the program and the alumni are playing a vital role in the Indian startup ecosystem by imparting the skills required to run a sustainable business. Being a businesswoman and an educator herself, AS Royce held a roundtable discussion with several of the Nexus startup graduates. The group discussed challenges in the Indian startup ecosystem, while she spoke on relevant lessons for startups earned from her extensive business experience. She laid emphasis on the importance of globalization and open innovation for creating maximum impact for the startup ecosystems in India and the United States.

Jan 24, 2020
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Nexus Startup wins at the Regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards!

Nexus start-up Aloe E-Cell won a cash prize of USD 700 at the Regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards held in Gurgaon on the 25th of January. It was organized by the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Dr. Velumani, Founder and CEO of Thyrocare, was the Chief Guest. More than 50 startups and 200 dignitaries were present at the event. Aloe E-Cell makes 100% eco-friendly and non-hazardous 1.5V batteries made from aloe vera. You can check them out on https://www.aloeecell.com/

Jan 16, 2020
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Nexus Graduation for Cohort 8

"Nexus celebrated its graduation ceremony by honouring its 8th cohort of 8 impressive start-ups on 6th of Dec 2019." The 8 graduating start-ups were chosen from over 100 applications received from across India and represented such diverse industry sectors such as medical, blockchain, sustainability etc. The Chief Guest of the event was the Director of PhD Chambers of Commerce, Dr Jatinder Singh.

All the start-ups completed the intense nine-week pre-incubation training program that features, in addition to the regular classwork, a structured online Innovation Readiness program from the University of Texas, personalized mentoring and workshops led by expert speakers and industry leaders from India and the United States.

The graduating start-ups made two-minute lightning pitches in front of the audience, which included industry experts, mentors, investors and government officials. Nexus is accepting applications for its 9th cohort.

Jan 16, 2020
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Morphedo named best global startup IoT Enclosures Market Research Report

Nexus startup Morphedo Technologies Pvt. Ltd. which is a product design and manufacturing company, has been named one of the best global startups in “Class, Design, and Manufacturing of IoT Enclosures by the IoT Enclosures Market Research Report. Some of the noteworthy partners that Morphedo has partnered with are OYO IoT Mesh, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), HMEL, and the Indian Navy in collaboration with IIT Delhi.

Recently, Morphedo also collaborated with Hamilton Labs in Singapore to design and manufacture 3D printed toilets which will be deployed in the state of Bihar. Morphedo is in talks with Accenture Ventures and the Centre for Development of Telematics to design and produce another for IoT Enclosure. "

Jan 14, 2020
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Nexus hosts Startup Saturday Pitching event

India ranks 3 rd globally with more than 4200 startups in the ecosystem, but only a few startups actually see the light of the day, one of the reasons being lack of funding in spite of the increase in the number of investors in the Indian startup ecosystem. To address this, Nexus partnered with Headstart Delhi to host “Startup Saturday” at the American Center on Jan 11, 2020. The theme of the event was “All about Funding and Pitching”, and it covered a wide range of topics from “How to seek early-stage funding” to “Pitch the idea to investors”. Investors and entrepreneurs such as Pallav Pandey, Founder and CEO of FastFox, Dr. Mansi Aggarwal, Partner at Alkemy Ventures, Ashu Agarwal, Investor and Mentor at the Founder Institute were all part of the different panel discussions held at the event. More than 120 entrepreneurs participated in the event.

Headstart is India’s largest grassroot level organization that was founded in 2008 to support entrepreneurships and startups in the country.

Jul 8, 2019
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Nexus launches its seventh cohort

With the launch of its seventh cohort on June 10, Nexus added yet another group of innovative startups to its ever growing portfolio.

After a rigorous selection process, 11 startups were selected from over 125 applications. These startups will undergo an intensive 10-week “pre-incubation” program where they will be trained in practical topics of entrepreneurship such as finances, market validation, intellectual property, funding and more.

As Nexus is sector agnostic, the startups have a wide variety of products/services ranging from solar water ATMs, paperless receipts solution to a mushroom production company providing work to more than 2000 women.

Once the startups graduate the program in March, a select few will be offered the chance for long-term incubation of up to eight additional months at the Nexus Center.

To stay up to date about Nexus and our activities join us on Facebook and Twitter.

May 12, 2019
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Nexus adds Segment as a benefits partner

Nexus is excited to announce a new benefits partnership with Segment to provide its start-ups a free “Segment Team plan.”

“Segment helps companies make analytics and data collection easy. Instrument your analytics once, and integrate with 250+ tools (like Google Analytics, Amplitude, Customer.io, Redshift, ..) with the flip of a switch.”

With this new partnership, Nexus start-ups will get:

•Up to $50,000 in Segment credits (enough to track 200,000 users for free for up to two years!)

•$1,000,000+ in partner deal value to build your analytics & growth stack (think Segment-exclusive deals with Amplitude, Intercom, Customer.io, Google BigQuery, AWS Redshift, Mode Analytics, and many more..)

•Priority support and analytics advice.

Gustaff Alstromer, partner at Y Combinator, said that “Getting analytics right is critical for any early stage startup. Segment helps businesses set up analytics the way it was meant to be; quantifying product-market fit, understanding customers, and trying new tools—all without redundant or time consuming work.”

The new Segment partnership is the latest addition to a suite of benefits for Nexus Incubator companies. Other benefits include free and discounted services from Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Hubspot, Knowlarity, TiE, and the American Center Library.

Applications are now being accepted for the next Nexus Cohort, starting on June 1. Interested? Apply here

Apr 5, 2019
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Nexus startup Lifaffa receives grant from Süd-Chemie

Nexus startup Lifaffa received a grant of $7,000 from Süd-Chemie, an innovative, speciality chemicals company with its headquarters in Munich, Germany.

The grant will by Lifaffa to procure new machinery to expand production of its technology to convert plastic bags into plastic fabric. Its founder, Kanika Ahuja, said that Lifaffa will work with a cluster of rag pickers and train them about the kinds of plastic to collect and how to treat and process them. Once the collected plastic is transformed into fabric, Lifaffa will work with a group of 25 Afghan refugee women called Akseer to turn the fabric into premium fashion bags and scarves.

Lifaffa was part of the 6th cohort at Nexus. For more information about them, please visit: www.lifaffa.com

For more information about Süd-Chemie, please visit: www.sud-chemie-india.com

Apr 5, 2019
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Nexus startup Clensta International receives Innovative Business of the year award

Clensta International was awarded the Innovative Business of the Year award at the 8th national Small Business Awards 2019.

Small Business Awards is India’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the best Small to Mid-Sized Businesses.

Clensta International has developed innovative waterless personal hygiene solutions. Clensta’s Waterless Shampoo and Body Bath help maintain optimum levels of head and body hygiene without the use of water.

For more information about Clensta, please visit www.clensta.com

Apr 4, 2019
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Nexus startup CogniABle gets BIRAC grant

Nexus startup CogniABle was recently awarded the highly prestigious BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council) Biotechnology Ignition Grant to develop an Artificial Intelligence based solution that can remotely perform screening of children on the autism spectrum disorder.

CogniABle provides internet based services developed on machine learning technologies for early screening and delivery of customized treatment for developmental disorders such as autism.

The start-up was also recently featured on national television as one of the most promising startups that are transforming India. The program can be viewed on youtube at Bharat-ek-bat.

CogniABle was part of the 6th cohort at Nexus. For more information on CogniABle, please visit: https://cogniable.tech/

Mar 19, 2019
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Nexus welcomes Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Puma

On March 19, Nexus welcomed South and Central Asia Acting DAS Emilia Puma during her visit to the American Center.

Ms. Puma was briefed about Nexus and its activities by the incubator staff. She was pleasantly surprised by the extensive traction Nexus has already generated in the Indian startup ecosystem since its launch and was particularly interested in learning about the incubator manager training program. The fact that incubator managers from all over India paid for their own travel and lodging expenses to attend the program was clear evidence to her about the positive impact of Nexus in India. Nexus has trained over 150 incubator managers throughout India and will be holding an advance incubator management training week at Nexus from April 29th to May 3rd.

Since its inception, Nexus has graduated 6 cohorts of startups. Applications for the 7th cohort are open now. For more information about Nexus or to apply for incubation, please visit: https://startupnexus.in/

Mar 7, 2019
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Nexus Incubator graduates sixth cohort

Nexus celebrated its graduation ceremony by honoring its sixth cohort of 15 impressive startups on Friday, March 1st. The 15 graduating startups were chosen from over 100 applications received from across India and represented such diverse industry sectors such as medical, material science, environmental, telecommunications and manufacturing. The graduates included startups from its South Asian Connect sister program with four innovators joining from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

All the startups completed the intense nine-week pre-incubation training program that features, in addition to the regular classwork, a structured online Innovation Readiness program from the University of Texas, personalized mentoring and workshops led by expert speakers and industry leaders from India and the United States.

At the end of the gradation ceremony, four startups – Lifaffa, Leonite Labs, Adavor Labs, and TalkOye – were selected for long-term incubation at Nexus. During the 8-month additional incubation these companies will be further supported with training, mentoring and networking opportunities to scale up their businesses while residing at the Nexus facility.

The U.S. Embassy’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Mr. Robert Garverick, along with Mr. Conrad Turner, Cultural Affairs Officer, addressed the graduating startups. During his address, Mr. Turner laid a special emphasis on the importance of ethics in conducting business and advised the startups to be harbingers of honest business practices.

The graduating startups made two-minute lightning pitches in front of the audience, which included industry experts, mentors, investors and government officials. Several start-ups also exhibited their products to the audience during the reception that followed the graduation. Nexus will start accepting applications for its seventh cohort in mid March.

Mar 6, 2019
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DAS Casagrande visits Nexus

On March 6, DAS Caroline Casagrande visited Nexus and interacted with the staff.

During the interaction she had detailed discussions about the impact of Nexus on the startup ecosystem in India. Ms. Casagrande also wanted to know if the Nexus model could be replicated in other countries by the US government. She was very impressed by the funding raised by Nexus startups and their collaborations with U.S. companies.

Nexus is a sector agnostic innovation and entrepreneurship hub operating from the American Center at New Delhi. For more information about Nexus or to apply for incubation, please visit: startupnexus.in.

Feb 27, 2019
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Nexus hosts workshop session on investment term sheets

Incubatees of the 6th cohort at Nexus had an interactive session on term sheets by Ashwini Vittalacha, of Samvad Partners on February 27th. Sameer Malik, Program Manager for Nexus said: “Most start-ups focus exclusively on just perfecting their pitch and when successful, don’t have a clue on how to understand the term sheet that follows which defines the actual investment. Given that most startups do not have legal backgrounds and have not raised funding before its important that we bring in experts that can help them go through the basics.”

In the first part of the session, Ashwini explained the details of a typical term sheet and demystified some of the jargon associated with them. The second half of the session was an interactive Q&A session where the startups shared some of the difficulties they have faced with investors and legal matters. The session on term sheets was the third and final Nexus workshop during “Funding Week” for the 6th cohort.

For more information about Samvad, please visit: https://samvadpartners.com

Feb 27, 2019
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Nexus welcomes Girish Shivani of YourNest venture fund.

Girish Shivani, Executive Director of the venture capital fund YourNest conducted a session on funding for Nexus startups on February 27. Nexus startups made full use of their time with

Girish to understand the nuances of venture capital and how it differs from other sources of funding for start-ups.

During the session Girish shared several experiences with the startups to drive home the various aspects that VCs take into account when they make funding decisions. The session was part of the “Funding week”, an integral part of the pre-incubation program that incubatees from the 6th cohort attended over a period of 9 weeks.

For more information about YourNest, please visit: www.yournest.in