India’s GTU Innovation Council & Start51 Launch 7 Crowdfunding Projects

gtuSeven crowdfunding projects were launched by Gujarat Technological University (GTU) Innovation Council and Indian online platform, Start51. The projects selected for crowdfunding are for an online portal for collection of leftover food,  Gujarat’s first Parkour academy, an electric circuit with a paint brush,  an open virtual classroom for design thinking,  a  portal to provide students guidance on career choices and an automatic endoscope washer. These campaigns were selected after the second round of Crowdfunding Initiator (CFI 2.0), a boot camp organized earlier this month by GTU Innovation council along with Start51.

“We had received 55 applications from across the state for the CFI-2 boot camp. Out of these, seven were selected. The promoters of the projects were then given training on how to go for crowdfunding and attract as much in donations as possible,” said Ateet Bajaj, co-founder, CFI.

The seven projects which went live for crowdfunding are mostly developed by students studying commerce, engineering, law and management. One of the projects has been developed by two assistant professors of GTU.

More project details follows:

ACDC — Anybody Can Design Circuitstart51

Target amount- Rs 1 lakh

Nadiad-based Nandan Shah and Vaibhav Patel have created a special DIY  kit which includes a marker pen that uses conductive ink, anyone can draw his own circuit and design easily. With this kit, students can easily design circuits on paper and check if it’s error-free. The kit is cost-efficient and doesn’t need soldering of components.

Career Khojj- For a career you like

Target Amount- Rs 2.12 lakh, developed by Rutvij Vohra, Rachit Dave and Prutha Vekaria, aims to connect school students and their parents to experts and graduates who provide, through live videos, expert talk and technology, genuine and transparent information about more than 256 careers. The trio has also developed CAREERTUBE which has thousands of career-related videos of industrial experts, professors, students and working professionals on one platform. Moreover, the number of such videos is increasing every day.

Parkour Academy – Run an obstacle course easily

Target Amount- Rs 2.5 lakh

leftoverVishal Kansara, along with four of his friends, aims to set up Gujarat’s first Parkour academy. Parkour is a kind of physical training which teaches techniques and movements with which an obstacle course can be completed in the fastest and most efficient way. The idea behind this project is to teach the art of Parkour and Free Running which has recently become an adventure sport for youth.

Leftover- Fight against hunger

Target Amount- Rs 80,000 is an enterprise developed by marketing professional Rupesh Rajawat, and three other IT professionals who happen to be his friends. He intends to contribute to the battle against hunger by ensuring that leftover food is provided to the needy instead of being wasted. The portal will pick up leftover food from a willing donor and deliver it to the hungry through a network of volunteers (individuals, group of people or an NGO).

Automatic Endoscope Washer

automated endoscopeTarget amount- Rs 3 lakh

Endoscope is an expensive instrument with which the inside of a patient’s body can be seen on a screen. The process of washing and drying it after use takes a minimum of two hours. Nadiad-based Anuj Shah, an instrumentation and control engineer, has developed a machine — the Automatic Endoscope Washer — which can sterilize, wash and dry this equipment in less than 10 minutes. AEW can be a life saver for patients as many fall prey to infections caused during endoscopy


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