Stellapps Technologies had won the ‘National Startup Award 2021’ by Startup India in the animal husbandry sector for its effort in digitising the dairy sector in India. The dairy-tech startup was honoured through a virtual ceremony in the presence of Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal recently. Stellapps is one of the 46 startups announced as winners of the National Startup Awards 2021 along with one incubator and accelerator each.
The awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding startups and ecosystem enablers that are contributing to economic dynamism by spurring innovation and injecting competition. As a part of the award, the founders of Stellapps were commended with a cash prize of INR 5 lakh.
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) conceived the National Startup Awards appreciating the efforts of enablers that are building innovative products or solutions and scalable enterprises, with high potential of employment generation or wealth creation, demonstrating measurable social impact.
Stellapps has been recognised for its innovative tech solutions in digitising and strengthening the dairy farming processes. With a prime focus on data acquisition and machine learning, the startup aims to digitise the dairy supply chain. The technology can be used where the yield per animal is low with inadequate traceability.
Stellapps was also a part of the working group that presented policy recommendations for the Indian agriculture sector to Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the theme ‘Growing from Roots’.
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Speaking on the award, Ranjith Mukundan, CEO and Co-founder of Stellapps said, “We started in 2011 as the first of its kind startup, working towards the digitisation of the dairy supply chain. We are honoured to receive the ‘National Startup Award 2021’ organised by the Government of India. Milk is the largest crop on this planet and there is a strong need for technology interventions, especially in the emerging markets where the yield per animal is low, traceability is inadequate and quality is not up to the mark. It is a proud moment for us to be able to contribute and be a part of this era of Indian startups.”
The 2021 awards invited applications across 15 sectors and 49 sub-sectors. The sectors included agriculture, animal husbandry, drinking water, education & skill development, energy, enterprise technology, environment, fintech, food processing, health & wellness, industry 4.0, security, space, transport and travel. A total of 2,177 applications were received from startups across the 49 sub-sectors along with applications from 53 incubators and six accelerators for the ecosystem enablers categories.
What does Stellapps do?
Stellapps is a farm-to-consumer dairy digitisation service provider, improving productivity, quality and ensuring end-to-end traceability across the dairy supply chain. It leverages advanced analytics and artificial intelligence through its full-stack IoT platform to enable dairy ecosystem partnerships with financial and insurance institutions, veterinary services, cattle nutrition providers among other dairy activities to drive significant value for smallholder farmers and all stakeholders in the dairy value chain. Through its customer base which includes all major private and cooperative dairies, Stellapps currently digitises over 13 million litres of milk value chain worth US$ 3.4 million each day and directly impacts 2.8 million dairy farmers in over 36,000 Indian villages.