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Chitkara University BB OOrja Innovators win Rs 1 Cr. grant from NITI AAYOG

Published on December 4, 2019

We are delighted and proud to announce that, Chitkara University BB OOrja Innovators Team, comprising of Founder Dr. Charu Khosla, and Co-founders – Sukhdev Singh, Er. Varishu Chauhan, Er. Varun Puri; have been declared the winners of ANIC Grantees by the Govt of India – NITI AAYOG, for the biggest ever grant to any individual team. Dr. Charu Khosla is among the top 52 recipients of the grant out of 950 applicants who applied from India.

BB OOrja Innovators Team has earned a grant-in-aid support and handholding support of Rs. 1 Crore from the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) for their Incubated innovation after successfully participating in the Atal New India Challenge (ANIC) Ver 1.0.

The innovation offers BB Oorja Smokeless Chulhas and BB Briqs – which converts crop stubble to the clean emission fuel; saving in fuel costs, by being with high thermal efficiency (40%) coupled with low carbon emissions, low ash content and Sulphur free burning, making it suitable for indoor operation even in ill-ventilated kitchens and dual mode fuel supply.

Atal New India Challenge (ANIC) is an initiative by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) aimed towards supporting innovators creating products based on advanced technologies in areas of national importance and social relevance through a grant-based mechanism, while addressing the second Commercialization Valley of Death, in which innovators are unable to access resources for piloting, testing, and market creation. The vision of the ANIC is two-fold: (a) help create products from existing technologies relevant for national and social causes (productization); (b) help new deep-tech products find markets and early customers (commercialisation) in the context of India. The scope of the program extends to developing an institutional mechanism and structure to channel potential innovative ideas for products and technologies from Startups and MSMEs on their own or along with organisations, academic institutions and even individual innovators.

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