A start up is usually a small business, a partnership or an organization venture designed to rapidly develop scalable business model. The technological advances, more accessible resources, knowledge pool, massive funding, emerging global standards and thriving domestic markets are fueling startups and creating conducive environment for their growth. Incubation centers have emerged as a vital source of investment to assist new startups in their initial phase of development by providing various services to grow the business rapidly. Incubators help entrepreneurs in building sustainable business environment while benefiting the broader corporate communities. Incubators share both tangible and intangible resources such as equipment, office space, services such as accounting, computing and legal services. They also assist startups in raising startup capital and perform various networking activities to reduce the financial burdens and resource issue. Traditional business incubators are often government-funded, generally take no equity, and focus on biotech, medical technology, clean tech or product-centric companies, accelerators can be either privately or publicly funded and focus on a wide range of industries.
In view of the importance of Agriculture to India and the challenges being faced by farmers against dwindling resources, pests and diseases and poor returns on investment, the Department of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka, in collaboration with U.A.S., Dharwad has invested additional funds for creation of a vibrant Incubation Center and Common Instrumentation Facility to promote innovation in the Agriculture and Agri Biotech areas, named as GOK Agri-BT IC_CIF. BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council) of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, is providing the funding support to recent Agriculture graduates to pursue translation of their innovative ideas to marketable processes and products. An incubation centre started at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad in association with GOK Agri-BT IC_CIF and BIRAC aims to provide access to the required laboratory and infrastructure facilities such as green house / poly house / land for early testing and field trials as well as mentorship and guidance from faculty and industry experts to the budding entrepreneurs to grow their business rapidly and to create new processes and products that benefit to the farmers, consumers and society as a whole. Common Instrumentation Facility consisting of high throughput instruments like HPLC DGGE Mutation Detection System Protein Work Station Horizontal Rectangular Autoclave Liquid Nitrogen Can Large volume refrigerator Low volume Peltir Spectrophotometer drivan Incubated mixer Lyophilizer ELISA Fluorescence CO2 Incubator Incinerator Thermo Mixer Bacteriological Incubators Water softener Unit Air-conditioning systems Clean/Cold Room have been procured has been created at IABT under KBITs.
Areas of Incubation Facilities Available:
Micropropagation in sugarcane, banana, medicinal plants & others
Bioinoculants, Biopesticides and Biofuels
Bioinformatics, Genotyping, Genomics / Proteomics / Diagnostics
Other Biotechnology solutions for challenges in Agriculture
Food processing and Value addition
Nanotechnology for Agriculture
Seed Testing, production, processing and supply
Dr. Narayan Moger
Professor and Head
Department of Biotechnology,
College of Agriculture, UAS, Dharwad