Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches “City Innovation Exchange(CiX)”

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The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches the City Innovation exchange(CiX) platform.

About City Innovation exchange(CiX) Platform:

  • The platform aims to connect cities to innovators. It will help to design innovative solutions for pressing urban challenges.
  • The platform is built on the philosophy of ‘everyone is an innovator’.
  • The Smart Cities Mission will partner and effectively collaborate with Startup India, Atal Innovation Mission, AGNIi, and other initiatives in the Indian Innovation ecosystem.
  • Currently, the platform has more than 400 start-ups, 100 smart cities, more than 150 challenges statements, and over 215 solutions.

Significance of the platform:

  • The platform brings together Citizens-Organisations -Academic Businesses-Government to co-create solutions for the future of Urban India.
  • The platform will help cities in adopting solutions that will enhance the quality of life for their residents. Moreover, it will significantly improve the Ease of Doing Business.
  • It will also be a significant addition to the growing innovation ecosystem of India as it focuses on fostering innovative practices in cities.

AGNIi – Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovations

  • Nodal Agency: It is a program of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and a Mission under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council(PM-STIAC).
  • Purpose: It helps commercialize Indian technological innovations. It supports technology initiatives by connecting owners of innovative and new solutions with the market.
  • Implementation: It is executed at Invest India, India’s National Investment Promotion Agency.

Source: PIB

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