The “U.S.-India Entrepreneurs Roundtable” was organized by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) on December 8, 2015 at 91 springboard, Gurgaon, Haryana. The event was graced with the presence of Deputy Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken and Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy-Michael P. Pelletier.

Mr. Blinken interacted with the following six award-winning Indian entrepreneurs of the U.S.-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund:

  • Pooja Mukul, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur- Affordable and user-centric knee joints Affordable and user-centric knee joints to remobilize above-knee amputees in India and globally
  • Anup Karwa, SFPL Crop Life Sciences Private Limited, Jalna- Developing novel biological seed treatments to confer abiotic stress tolerance in crops
  • Amit Sharma, Consure Medical Private Limited, New Delhi- A novel device to manage fecal incontinence in non-ambulatory patients
  • Avijit Bansal, Windmill Health Technologies, New Delhi-Easy to use, integrated neonatal resuscitation solution
  • Tanmaye Seth, Aquagri Processing Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi- Commercialization of cultivated sea plants based organic bio-stimulants for applications in the USA
  • Abhinav Sinha, EKO India Financial Services Private Limited, New Delhi-Branchless banking and financial services for the unbanked and under-banked

Each entrepreneur briefed Deputy Secretary Blinken about their innovative product and technologies, its impact on society, how the U.S.-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund has supported them in their entrepreneurial ventures. Mr. Blinken took deep interest in engaging with each entrepreneur and learning about their inspiration, success, challenges and fundraising. He also discussed about regulatory compliances and government policies. The broad discussion included the value of collaborations with US, and other possible bilateral engagements to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Deputy Secretary Blinken was very appreciative of the efforts and the awesome innovations made by the Endowment Awardees and stated "It’s so impressive to see what you are doing is impacting billions of life’s."