Incubated Projects


Problem Statement:

  • Spurt in number of septic tanks and their sewage handling.

  • Unsafe & de-humanizing semi-liquid waste handling

  • Complex and expensive mechanical equipment

  • Inaccessible and powerless work sites

  • Capital intensive mechanized alternatives


A low cost and low maintenance triple function device designed to work as sewage Pump, Agitator and Declogger all put into one portable device which is simple and robust. 


  • Selected as Entrepreneur-in-residence for FISE (Foundation for Innovative Social Entrepreneurships), a Tata Trust initiative

  • Finalist in ATAL New Innovation Challenge (AIM) committee at NITI Aayog, New Delhi

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Waste Samaritan


Collection of waste generated at a house hold level was challenging for the waste collector with the burgeoning duty of collecting the waste. Besides, he also faces complaints regarding his attendance despite exercising his duties with due diligence.
Problem Statements:
1. No waste metering system available in India as of today and collection of data at the end-point has resulted in unrealistic estimation of actual landfill capacities.
2. Lack of waste collector feedback system leading to sparsely prevalent and improper segregation practices resulting in ineffective and lesser material recovery from the value chain.
The Solution includes:
1. A waste collector’s mobile app
2. A citizen’s mobile app
3. A superviser app
3. Data storage and analytics platform with DWCC inventory portals
4. Incentivisation through Gamification
Current Status and next steps: Conducted pilot in Domlur that showed significant improvement in quality and quantity of segregated waste at the end of the pilot period. Have submitted proposals for several pilots in different areas of Bangalore.
Awards and recognition: 
  • Short listed for the finals of ‘Bengaluru Innovation Challenge’

  • Department for International Development, UK shown interest in the project. Visited Bengaluru to see the demo and understand the impact of the project. Exploring possibilities for collaboration.

  • Chosen to present the idea at the ISWA 2018, World Congress in October 2018.

News coverage:



Bangalore generated about 57,000 tons of e-waste per annum as per a report in ‘The Hindu’ on 22nd April 2014. An estimated 90% is recycled by the informal sector. Major informal recycling happens in Nayandahalli on Mysore Road and Jolly Mohalla near Chikpet.


Trixie looks to address the two major problems that mostly affect the waste picker mothers and their children:
1. Exposure to a hazardous and dangerous environment because of the use of primitive and junked tools (like knives and blades) – with high risks to safety, health and serious infections.
2. Very low productivity of wire stripping resulting in sub-optimal earnings that restrict the growth of the business.


Solution: A simple to operate, safe mechanical tool which will increase the productivity of waste
pickers working in wire recycling.


Current status and next steps: Formed and Registered Trixie E-Waste management Pvt.Ltd. and working towards obtaining Licence for collecting, dismantling, and recycling of E-Waste. Working towards forming 2/3 SHGs to take up wire stripping as an enterprise.


Awards and recognition: ​​

  • One of the 5 short listed for PopUp India Challenge

  • Semi- finalist in 3M-CII challenge

  • Semi Finalist in Design Impact Challenge

Team 3C

Street food is perceived as unhygienic and unsafe. In addition vendors have to throw away ingredients and finished product that has gone stale.


Problem: Chutneys are often consumed several hours after being prepared. They are often stored unrefrigerated thereby causing fermentation. Thus, when consumed, chutney is one of the primary causes for stomach infection.

Solution: Community refrigeration. Provide mini-refrigerators for rent in trucks close to the push carts for easy accessibiliy

Current status and next steps: A pilot has been launched in Sanjaynagar with 4 street cart vendors who have been provided refrigerators to store their chutneys/dosa batter etc. The pilot will be run for a few days, and based on the feedback from the vendors, a solar-powered refrigerator will be installed in the vending zone. The model could be replicated in other areas where there is a high concentration of street food vendors.

News coverage:


Bengaluru has over 1,00,000 street vendors selling food items or fruits and vegetables in our streets. Vendors sell food on disposable paper plates. Plates are silver laminated and are not 100% biodegradable. The plates are usually discarded on the roadsides with remaining food, and collected by pourakarmikas (BBMP street cleaners).

Problem: Disposable plates cause an estimated 2 tonnes of non-biodegradable silver foil laminate waste per day on the streets of Bengaluru

Solution:  A portable steam based sanitization appliance for vendors. A street vendor can quickly cleanse a reusable plate before serving food. Significantly reduced water usage by using steam. High germ removal rates by hot steam at 175 degrees. Solar cells are used to reduce dependence on the grid.

Current status and next steps: Prototype being developed and refined. Once complete, pilot to be designed and implemented.

Awards and recognition: Awarded the special prize at the 3M-CII young innovator challenge

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