IIT Kanpur partners with MSME to transform the toy industry with sustainable design, like the use of ‘grain leather’


IIT Kanpur FIRST’s business incubator has partnered with MSME to promote the creation of toy clusters with new-age, sustainability-focused designs and more.

FIRST, or Foundation for Innovation and Research in Science and Technology (also known by the brand name, SIIC IIT Kanpur) is working with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India to facilitate the program of design of MSMEs through this movement.

Five FIRST IIT Kanpur Companies Receive Grant

Recently, five FIRST IIT Kanpur companies received approval from the Project Monitoring and Advisory Committee (PMAC) and a grant from the MSME Development Institute for the development of sustainable educational toy prototypes.

The grant was awarded to five startups – Bio craft Innovation, Center of Digital Excellence, Mindbrics Edutech, Primary Healthtech and Culttech Wave.

These companies are expected to deliver a prototype with this grant.

About grain leather or “hair”

Among those who received the grant, Kanpur Flower Recycling Private Limited (KFPL) (phool.co) is the FIRST graduate company.

Phool developed a prototype to replace ordinary leather (made from animal skin) with leather made from flower waste, called “Fleather”. The prototype is environmentally friendly, chemical free and does not induce cruelty to animals.

Praising the developed prototype, Shri VK Verma, Deputy Director of MSME Development Institute, Kanpur, said, “Leather will have a positive impact on the leather industry due to its animal-free and environmentally friendly characteristics. Such environmentally friendly innovations are the need of the moment. “

In addition, he also expressed his willingness to support these companies and their innovative ideas in the future through various other ministry programs.

IIT Kanpur Design Program

The design program is a positive step towards achieving favorable educational outcomes through engaging interventions and the support of innovative ideas for toys and games.

Commenting on the initiative, Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Lead Professor, Incubation and Innovation, IIT Kanpur, said, “The design program is a step towards the education revolution in India. We look forward to supporting such initiatives that develop a learner’s critical thinking. , decision-making and related skills and encourages learning. “

Transforming the toy industry

Recently, the Team Makersclan of IIT Kanpur won the “Toycathon 2021” for their board game “CheMystery”.

The team was led by Professor Shatarupa T Roy, from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Design Program, and two students from the Design Program at IIT Kanpur.

Toycathon 2021 was jointly launched by the Ministry of Education, Ministry WCD, Ministry of MSME, DPIIT, Ministry of Textile, Ministry I&B and AICTE on January 5, 2021, to support toy ideas and of innovative games.

Prof. Bandyopadhyay pointed out that the collaboration between FIRST IIT Kanpur and the design program of IIT Kanpur and the financial support of MSMEs can really change the modern toy industry in India, which is dominated by cheap imported products which are also very unsustainable.

About the MSME design program

The Government of India’s Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Design Program is a unique program that offers grants to final year UG and PG students engaged in design development and MSMEs working in the field. of the design.

The range of grants for students can go up to Rs. 1.5 lakh, while it varies between Rs. 15 to 40 lakh for MSMEs.

These funds are allocated to the development of prototypes for one year. Ankit Saxena, Senior Manager (Projects) at FIRST IIT Kanpur, oversees the Design Scheme and is currently accepting proposals.

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