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Chitkara University-incubated ventures among Top 10 Most Discussed Startups of 2022

Published on January 3, 2023 | 936 views

Chitkara University’s commitment to allocating funding, legal assistance, staff, and other essential resources to support its student entrepreneurial community is bearing tremendous results. 80wash and GFF Innovations Private Limited- two startups from Chitkara University Research and Innovation Network (CURIN), Chitkara University, have been ranked among the top 10 most discussed startups of the year 2022 published by YourStory.

About 80wash
Chandigarh-based 80wash Launched in early 2021, 80wash is attempting to solve two problems—water wastage and chemical detergent use—with one solution. It delivers freshly washed fabrics, metal components, and PPE kits in 80 seconds or sometimes more depending on their condition, with only a few milliliters of water and no detergent.

Founded by Rouble Gupta, Nitin Kumar Saluja, and Varinder Singh, the startup says its machine washes fabrics—even metal components and PPE kits—in 80 seconds (could go higher depending on the stain) using a few milliliters of water and no detergent. In this process, nearly 100 liters of water that is used to remove 1 tablespoon of dirt can be saved. In the 80wash method, a single cycle with a 7-8kg machine can wash up to five clothes using half a cup of water and no detergent.

This cycle can be repeated multiple times in case of hard stains and it usually takes about 4-5 cycles can remove tough stains. On the other hand, its bigger machine (70-80 kg load) can wash 50 clothes with 5-6 glasses of water in multiple cycles, depending on the condition of the clothes load.

About GFF Innovations Private Limited
Chitkara University-incubated startup GFF Innovations has curated a machine called Moksh that collects crop stubble and turns it into a biofuel.

Incorporated by serial entrepreneurs Varinder, Nitin Kumar Saluja, and Vilas Chhikara, the startup came out with the first version of the machine—Moksh 1.0 in 2018, followed by the tracker-mounted version—Moksh 2.0 in 2022. The company has about 10 machines (Moksh 1.0) operational at the moment, while two others (Moksh 2.0) are undergoing pilots and will be ready in the next few months. Moksh 2.0 is being developed for larger-scale waste management and will be priced in the range of Rs 3-4 lakh.

The startup plans to generate revenue from the sale of machines and provide services to farmers. Right now, GFF Innovations operates the machines, sustaining operations from the sale of its biofuel.

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