Samudra Network recognised as a winner in GOI’s StartupIndia Agriculture Grand Challenge in the Farm to Fork (e-marketplace) category

We have been keeping this news low – Results are now out! We are super kicked to be a part of this exciting group of startups being recognised and incubated by Government of India ’s (GOI) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare. 

Agriculture Grand Challenge

Agriculture Grand Challenge takes up the bold call of doubling farmer’s income by supporting startups, bringing the best minds & best tech solutions to solve the largest and most pressing problems of Indian Agriculture. Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India (GOI) was looking for new concepts & innovations with a commercially viable solution to solve for nationwide wicked challenges in the sector.

A big Thank You!

On 17th Jan 2019, we (Rajiv Bhatia & I from Samudra Network) walked the eminent gathering of GOI top brass and the startup ecosystem players through our grand vision and our current milestones towards this vision. We are super excited to be selected and incubated at the best! Thank you for the initiative – Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India

We loved the openness, appreciate the top of the line suggestions from all of you!

Shri Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh Dinesh Kumar, JS (MIDH), Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh Shibendu Ray, Director (MNCFC) Ministry of Agriculture

Dr. Wasnik, Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh P.K Swain, JS (Marketing), Ministry of Agriculture 

Smt Neeraja Adidam, JS (INM), Ministry of Agriculture   

Smt Chavvi Jha, JS (RKVY), Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh Ashwani Kumar, JS (M&T), Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh B Pradhan, AS & FA (DAC & FW), Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh Devesh Chaturvedi, AS (DAC & FW), Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh Ashish Bhutani CEO (PMFBY), Ministry of Agriculture 

Dr Neeru Bhooshan, IARI, Ministry of Agriculture 

Sh Dushyant Tyagi, Senior Consultant, Ministry of Agriculture

Smt Shilpa Mehta, Senior Consultant (ITC) Ministry of Agriculture 

Way forward for the winners

We met Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, CEO of KIIT – TBI and  Mohammad Azhar & Sayantani Mukerjee from Villgro who are incubation partners and Qualcomm the technology partner of the challenge. We will get incubation support for three months including mentorship, domain guidance and a demo day with Agri Investors. We are also excited about doorways and introductions to appropriate government and public institutions, initiatives and ecosystem players through which we can participate and contribute in the national grand vision.

Others in the room who gave inputs and advice were Sangam Ventures, TIE Delhi, ANew Venture

Big shoutout to Invest India & Startup India team – Pratham Varshey, Kritika Singh, Diksha Nigam, Kashika Gera for all your support!


Kudos to 20! 

We had a great time meeting the other winners, our future partners! 

ASPIRE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS @JayadevaiahK Assaying & Grading

AGRICXLAB – @agricx – Assaying & Grading

Samudra Network, Rajiv Bhatia – @networksamudra Farm to Fork, e-marketplace 

WOOLY FARMS – Farm to Fork

VASUDHAIKA SOFTWARE @kalgudiapp – Last Mile Dissemination

ROSHNI AGRI – Last Mile Dissemination

KNOXIA – Soil Testing 

Upsoil @asoumyarao – Soil Testing 

Cool Crop @coolcroptech – Sorting & Grading

S4S TECHNOLOGIES @S4sTechnologies – Sorting & Grading

ATGC BIOTECH@atgcbiotech Substitute for Pesticides

TRITHI ROBOTICS – Subsitute for Pesticides

SANSAAVI Bioresearch – Testing Adulteration

Micro life innovations –@microlifeinnovations Testing Adulteration

SATSURE ANALYTICS PVT LTD@sat_sure Yield Estimation

BKC AGGREGATORS @AggregatorsBkc Yield Estimation

GREENDAY   Custom Hiring Centre

TEJASWINI M – Price Forecast

Farmsurge  – @farmsurge Custom hiring Centre

RANDOMTREES – @radhipali71 – Price Forecast

You can find more description of the winners on Startup India Winners Page.

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