Team from Pune wins 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge ’17

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A team from Pune has emerged as the winner in the Tech Innovation category at the 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge 2017. Under the project – Greenvillips Vintage, the team produces smart membranes for air purification technology using industrial waste.

PUNE: A team from Pune has emerged as the winner in the Tech Innovation category at the 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge 2017. Under the project – Greenvillips Vintage, the team produces smart membranes for air purification technology using industrial waste. 

Innovation being ingrained in 3M’s DNA, it had instituted Young Innovators Challenge in 2014 in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) to create a forum to recognise innovative ideas with social relevance. The award also offers a level-playing field to young innovators from across the country right upto the grassroots. 

Pune based Pooja Sunil Sainkar is one of the co-founders of the project - Greenvillips Vintage. Other co-founders of the project are Venus Chaudhary, Chetan Pawar and Apurv Mhatre. 

The technology that they have developed can eventually be used to replace traditional air filters. 

The Challenge this year looked for disruptive innovations that could create a better India in the areas of health, education, livelihood, environment, art and culture, governance or inclusive development. 

Over 300 entries were received this year from across the country, out of which 62 top entries were selected by experts from development and technical sector. The shortlisted 15 best ideas were to pitch their innovation to an independent jury, based on which six winners were selected.

Congratulating the winners and highlighting the need to innovate, Managing Director, 3M India, Debarati Sen said, “We are completely conscious of the relevance of innovation and IP in the current economic scenario where the mega trends need a catalyst to give it the impetus to move ahead. A great idea which brings about a huge difference to the society can emerge from anywhere in the world and thus we believe it is to be identified, nurtured and fuelled well. We strongly believe platforms such as 3M-CII Innovators Challenge will offer an opportunity and level-playing field for young minds to present their ideas amidst people who can support them to execute it.”

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