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UK announces awards for development impact

Updated: Sep 30, 2016 17:36 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept.30 (ANI): The British High Commission today announced the launch of DevTech Awards - a new award that recognizes entrepreneurs who create innovative solutions that benefit people from low-income population in India.

Launched in association with Tech Rocketship Awards, the DevTech Awards are aimed at entrepreneurs and innovators who have used technology to address some of the most critical development challenges faced by India's poor and create a positive, large scale impact on areas such as education, skills, agriculture, nutrition and basic services.

The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) is leading this initiative as technical partner while Villgro - as implementing partner - will manage the process of receiving applications, shortlisting, facilitating the pitching sessions of shortlisted entrepreneurs to a jury who will select two winners.

Marshall Elliott, Head of DFID India, said,"I am delighted to announce the DevTech Awards in India. These awards recognise India's vibrant entrepreneurs who have developed tech-based solutions to help India's poor. The winners will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the forthcoming India UK TECH Summit, alongside the best of British and Indian technical experts."

DevTech winners will win a trip to the UK, which will include access to the best of British expertise and a chance to pitch to potential investors at India UK TECH Summit in Delhi between November 7 and 9, 2016.

We encourage applications from entrepreneurs who have used innovative and scalable tech solutions to improve lives and provide livelihoods for India's low-income population.

For eligibility criteria, please visit www.villgro.com or follow here. The closing date is October 15, 2016. (ANI)