We are introducing 10 awards in 3 categories to recognize not just the start-ups, but the ecosystem enablers like corporates, NGOs, governments, educational institutions and investors that have leveraged the power of assistive technology to drive change in lives of people with disabilities.
Creativity and innovation are absolutely necessary for long-lasting social change and ATF looks to foster an environment that promotes just that. Emerging startups category aims to reward the ingenuity and passion that are the backbone of our collective mission to empower persons of disability, thereby acting as a source of inspiration and motivation to think differently and look for opportunities where others may see a roadblock. It’s an award that recognises young start-ups that are showing immense skill and innovation in creating assistive technology with the potential for large scale impact.The Emerging start-up category includes:
Best Assistive Technology(AT) Start up for Innovation (Product Technology)
This award will recognize startup up to
2 years of age that is building a
valuable assistive technology product
and that has potential to create large
*Supported by Thoughtworks
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. It is truly magical that we are in an age where many paths that are closed due to disability can be opened with innovative technology. Through this category, ATF Awards celebrates these magicians who have worked tirelessly to create impactful innovations and the meaningful change they have brought about will create ripples of hope and empowerment in the community.
Established Start-Ups category rewards assistive technology start-ups that have significantly impacted the lives of persons with disabilities. The category includes:
Jury’s Choice for Best Assistive Technology(AT) Start up
The startup that has displayed the greatest growth and impact through its innovation and has the potential to become a blue-chip corporation
Most impactful Assistive Technology(AT) start up
This award seeks to recognize the startup that has achieved visible impact by developing, and implementing AT solutions to solve the problems of disability and beyond
Women Ahead: Best Woman-led Assistive Technology(AT) start up
An AT startup launched and led by a woman that demonstrates superior impact
Best Assistive Technology(AT) Start Up: People’s Choice
A startup that deserves the recognition from community and people it serves for AT innovation that is easy to use, value for money and has brought welcome change in the life of the user
Please note that all the applications for the startup categories will be made through the same application link.
Please note that last year’s winners cannot apply for the awards this year.
Win Prizes worth 5 lakhs!!
Application Deadline : August 31, 2022
At a micro level, assistive technology improves an individual’s employment opportunities, acceptance into educational institutes, emotional status and social life but if we look at it from a broader perspective, mobilizing a community of people with disabilities and giving them tools to learn and earn, can only aid in the development and growth of nations. In fact, the United Nations suggests that leaving people with disabilities out of the economy may result in as much as 7% loss of GDP in India. Hence, the work of entities within the assistive technology universe impacts not only the individuals of the community but the nation as a whole. While many assistive technology start-ups have phenomenal potential to create an impact, they lack funding, mentorship and access to communities of persons with disabilities. Hence, we found that the assistive technology ecosystem is incomplete without enablers who can promote and support the development of innovations.
With the help of NGOs, educational institutes, government bodies, investors and corporate organizations, the impact of assistive technology products is amplified. They provide domain expertise and assist in creating a supportive playground for pilots to test new products. Educational institutes are at the forefront of research and innovation and lend valuable support to start-ups, while creating strategies for increased awareness. Government bodies create policies and programs which are instrumental in building sustained positive impact. Last but not least, many organizations and individuals provide funding to create change. For persons of disability, this leads to an increased access to assistive technology at a reduced cost. Needless to say, without the constant support of these organizations, the impact of innovations would be significantly lower. Hence, the final category for the award, Enabler Awards recognises the organizations and individuals who have helped promote the use and development of assistive technology across India and the globe. This category includes:
Best Government Assistive Technology(AT) Initiative
This award will be given to the respective Government which has not only created awareness about assistive technology but also implemented strategy to create sustainable impact
Best Assistive Technology(AT) Initiative among Educational Institutes
This award will be given to the respective Education Institute which has not only created awareness about assistive technology but also implemented strategy to create sustainable impact
Best Assistive Technology(AT) initiative among NGOs
This award will be given to the respective NGO which has not only created awareness about assistive technology but also implemented strategy to create sustainable impact
Best Assistive Technology(AT) Investor of the Year
An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen. This could be, for example, as an early investment of a notable AT startup, percentage of portfolio used for AT startup, exit, or realization of earlier investment, etc.
Best Assistive Technology(AT) CSR initiative of the year
This award will be given to the respective CSR which has not only created awareness about assistive technology but also implemented strategy to create sustainable impact