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CIE at IIITH startup PiStarTech wins "best idea" award at Aarambh 2022

CIE at IIITH startup PiStarTech’s CEO Anis Fatema won “Best Idea” award at Aarambh 2022, a national entrepreneurship conclave organized on 26-27 November by Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU), Kanpur.

Anis Fatema, whose startup has been incubated at CIE for a year now and is part of the Nidhi Prayas program, has created “Flexible Podiatry System (FlePS) Mat”, a digital automated foot scanning system that provides complete plantar pressure analysis. The highly affordable and advanced patented flexible technology provides the complete plantar pressure analysis in just 5 secs. A doctor with this technology is able to diagnose the problem, track the patient's progress and also prescribe customized insoles according to the orthotics. The FLePS Mat helps doctors gauge accurate data via a thorough plantar pressure analysis of the foot, which includes static, dynamic, and stabilometry analysis via a RRR functionality (Recognize - Restore - Reinforce). Recognize the root cause of the problem by providing a complete foot pressure analysis. Restore the patient’s health by providing evidence-based rehab treatment and tracking progress throughout. Reinforce treatment using the doctor’s prescribed customized insoles for relief and performance enhancement.


She was selected from a total of 650 entrees, of which 103 participations pitched their ideas at the conclave through 2 rounds – an initial pitching round, followed by an investor round. The jury comprised of representatives from HBTU, Venture Catalysts and iCreate team. Among the 3 categories of the contest (Idea, Prototype and Product), Fatema won the ideation round and was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 60,000.

Commenting on her achievement, Prakash Yalla, Professor of Practise at IIITH’s Tech Transfer Office (TTO) said, "We are very happy to see some traction and success from our efforts to seed hardware startups through the Nidhi Prayas maker program at CIE. Hoping to see more products in the market succeed”.

Anis Fatema said, “The most prestigious moment for me was when Smt. Neha Jain, IAS officer of Kanpur Dehat, got her foot screening done on the FlePS mat and appreciated the idea of designing such a device for the doctors. I was overjoyed when all the investors got their foot screening done and appreciated the idea. The representative of iCreate (International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology) also agreed to support our startup through their platform."

About IIIT Hyderabad: The International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) is an autonomous research university founded in 1998 that focuses on the core areas of Information Technology, such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, and their applications in other domains through inter-disciplinary research that has a greater social impact. Some of its research domains include Visual Information Technologies, Human Language Technologies, Data Engineering, VLSI and Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, Wireless Communications, Algorithms and Information Security, Robotics, Building Science, Earthquake Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics, Education Technologies, Power Systems, IT in Agriculture and e-Governance.


About CIE IIIT Hyderabad: IIIT Hyderabad is the first IIIT to be set up in the country, in 1998. IIIT Hyderabad is a research university that ranks in the country for research in various areas of computer science. IIITH also strongly emphasises on translating research into products and startups. To enable this, the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) was set up in 2008, which has since grown to be the largest academic incubator in the country. The Centre has very active programs across the spectrum of a startup journey. Entrepreneurship courses and workshops for students, Product Labs to seed new products from research, a pre-incubation program to help entrepreneurs create new startups, incubation to nurture early-stage startups, mentoring programs to improve strategy and business development of the startups, investor pitch days, and several talks/workshops from experts and successful entrepreneurs. CIE-IIITH was supported by DST (TBI) and MeitY (TIDE) in the initial years. Today, there are very active programs focused on emerging technology startups, research-based startups, medical technologies, and social technology startups. In the past 14 years, CIE has housed over 450+ startups that have raised about 250 Cr funding and created over 2500 jobs.

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