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India's First Assistive Technology Innovation Ecosystem

Enabling DISABILITY focused Start-ups

Nurture Assistive Technology Startups

To Empower Persons with Disability

Country's First Assistive Technology Conclave, 2019

Focused on Tech Startups for Disability - 23rd Aug 2019 . Chief Guest: Cricketing Legend Rahul Dravid

ATF’s 3-Pronged Approach to Build the Ecosystem


Incubate Early Stage Ideas

Taking an idea or plan from initial or early stages in a structured manner, such that it is ready for execution via a well thought out strategy, is often key to its success. ATA sees its role as being this catalyst


Nurture & Scale Existing Assistive Technology Startups

ATA provides guidance that is required to go from an early stage to one that can be systematically scaled. Giving the start up the right feedback, access to our resource ecosystem and experienced and relevant mentoring is key to the process


Solve Larger Disability Issues through collaboration

Creating wide reaching social impact through collaborative methods, building an ecosystem that spans across multiple domains and capabilities are amongst ATA’s methods to help start ups achieve far reaching impact


Disability is a large problem

Over a Billion people live with some form of disability, which needs to be addressed quickly

2 Billion* people will need atleast 1 assistive product by 2030

Will need at least one assistive product by 2030 and we are building the ecosystem that will meet these needs

Globally, more than 1 billion people are disabled

Need one or more assistive products and we are helping these product companies find their users is a key goal of ATA

Disability Startup Ecosystem in India is fragmented

Is fragmented, with stakeholders working in Silos. ATA is putting together a world class ecosystem that will accelerate reach of Assistive technologies to intended users

* WHO Report (May’2018)

ATF Incubatee Startups
What people say

Today, the number of products and solutions to help the disabled being developed in India is significantly low, and the few startups who are working in this space find it hard to scale. ATF aims to create an ecosystem that will bring together the entrepreneurs, NGOs, investors, researchers, corporates, consumers etc. This will help foster innovation and better living for the disabled

Ravi NarayanATF Advisory Board & Mentor

I see ATF as being the catalyst that will enable companies to exponentially increase the impact of their products and services to the disability sector and accelerate their success and look forward to personally participating in this exciting endeavor, having an enriching experience and thankful to be given the opportunity to participate and contribute

Jawahar BekayATF Advisory Board & Mentor

Technology gives a great opportunity to bring innovative yet basic value to the disabled. ATF will provide enormous leverage to startups in the disabled space by giving access to the disabled community and also enabling technology acceleration

SuryaprakashATF Advisory Board & Mentor

ATF will provide a platform for Assistive Technology companies to take off. The accelerator will greatly benefit start-ups focussing on disability by bringing together NGOs, disability experts, Corporate CSR initiatives, Govt agencies and consumers with disability. It is a privilege to be part of ATF and contribute to the growth of these start-ups

Krishnamoorthy AnanthasivamATF Advisory Board & Mentor

ATF is a much needed support to promote innovation to make the world accessible and create level playing field in the lives of millions of people who face significant barriers at work and society today

Bala GirisaballaMentor

The social mission within the ATF platform is inspiring. I am humbled and grateful to be a part of the platform, providing an opportunity to help accelerate assistive technologies that are creating an equal and inclusive environment for differently-abled

Sunil VarhadkarMentor

Having attended a few lean startup accelerators previously, ATF is the most direct and growth driven accelerator for an accessibility tech enterprise. Personal involvement of mentors continuously helped the team identify and refine core focus areas accelerating growth, resolving challenges

Gaurav MittalCo-Founder & CEO, EYE-D

Innovision has been innovating in the assistive technology space to make solutions affordable for persons with disabilities. We are excited to be a part of the ATF program and contribute to building the assistive technology ecosystem in India. We hope that programs like ATF can help scale up the impact of solutions like BrailleMe tremendously

Surabhi SrivastavaCo-Founder, Innovision

ATF can be for start-ups in assistive tech and disability space what Y Combinator was for companies like Airbnb and Dropbox while they were starting up. Startups require that much-needed partner hours and guidance from industry experts to scale and ATF is that successful first step in the space of disability

Kalyani KhonaCo-Founder, Inclov
Media & Blogs
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ATF has been instrumental in the success of See Sound Live.
They have helped us structure our thoughts and dreams into numbers and projections and connected us to stakeholders we could never have found ourselves.

Dr Shomeshwar Singh MS DLO FRCSMD, Founder Director, 4S Medical Research P Ltd, See Sound Live

ATF has been very supportive in our journey for impact wherein we got great insights and strategies to grow engagement with our users and how to target different segment in the disability spectrum to effectively spread the message across our users. Prateek especially has been like a sounding board for our ideas and approaches and we have learnt and gained a lot from having him as a mentor for us.

Hunny BhagchandaniFounder, Torchit

ATF has and continues to be instrumental in assisting the team of Tactopus to plan strategically, scale sensibly and implement projects with the love and attention this community deserves

Saloni MehtaCo-Founder and Product Lead, Tactopus

The ATF Team has been exceptionally supportive towards helping us reach our potential. The knowledge and experience Prateek and Co. impart is truly invaluable!

Rishi KrishnaCEO, Symbionic

Being part of ATF cohort has helped us get closer to the market much faster than we could on our own. We have gained invaluable knowledge and network to help us take our prototype to market. The entire team at ATA has always been on top of things. The number and quality of events that they orchestrate, and the experience of the mentors is beyond impressive!

Rahul TripathyCo - Founder, COO, Punar Rehab Solutions

What ATF has achieved in unifying the Assistive Technology community is truly remarkable. We feel honoured to be part of this initiative and commend ATA for all the great work they’ve been doing for the differently abled community.

Pranav SrinivasanDirector, Illuminify

ATF is one of the best cohorts we have been a part of. Being specifically of Assistive Tech, We are getting exposed very relevant topics, network , tools etc.
Happy to be a part of ATF family!

Janhavi JoshiCo - Founder, Bleetech Innovations

Assistive Technology is a very challenging field to be in, but having the backing of ATF, makes the tough times easier

Dhruv ChaudhryFounder and CEO, Indent Design