Ministry of Textiles approves startups to boost innovation and sustainability

In a significant move to foster innovation and sustainability, the Ministry of Textiles has approved several startups in the technical textiles sector. 

| Updated: 21 June, 2024 7:09 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In a significant move to foster innovation and sustainability, the Ministry of Textiles has approved several startups in the technical textiles sector.

This announcement was made by Secretary of the Ministry of Textiles, Rachna Shah, during the 7th meeting of the Empowered Programme Committee (EPC) of the National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM) held in New Delhi today.

The NTTM’s Grant for Research and Entrepreneurship across Aspiring Innovators in Technical Textiles (GREAT) aims to support young innovators, scientists, technologists, and startup ventures. “GREAT encourages these groups to translate their ideas into commercial technologies and products, making India self-reliant,” stated Smt. Shah.

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The EPC has approved seven startup proposals under the GREAT scheme, with the government providing a maximum fund support of INR 50 lakhs per startup. To date, eight startup proposals focusing on sustainability, composites, high-performance textiles, Meditech, and smart textiles have been approved. These startups are expected to drive significant advancements in these critical areas.

Some of the notable startups approved by the EPC include:

– Development and manufacturing of Braided Composites for Military applications
– Radmone Integrated IFF Antenna
– Surgical simulation models made of composites for training doctors
– Nano-fiber infused textiles for energy generation and sensing

These projects are poised to enhance technology-oriented manufacturing in India and promote the development of innovative products.

In addition to the startup approvals, the EPC has sanctioned a grant of approximately INR 6.4 crores to IIT Guwahati. This grant is intended to introduce new subjects in technical textiles and upgrade the laboratory infrastructure in the Civil Engineering Department. The initiative is part of NTTM’s ‘General Guidelines for Enabling Academic Institutes in Technical Textiles.’

Enhancing laboratory infrastructure and expanding capabilities in technical textiles, particularly geotextiles, will enable IIT Guwahati to better address the unique geographical and environmental conditions of the North East Region (NER). The grant aims to position IIT Guwahati as a key enabler of NER’s development by offering technical consultancy and support. “The Ministry’s support will catalyze the institute to become a central figure in advancing technical textiles in the region,” Smt. Shah highlighted.

The Ministry of Textiles’ strategic move to approve these startups under the GREAT scheme is expected to pave the way for transformative developments in the industry, promoting innovation and sustainability.

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