IRD Student Startup Action: Success Story

Srinivas Adepu always wanted to give back to the society. So even after getting a good cushy job, he did not join and instead decided to follow his passion. “I was looking for a platform, an opportunity where I could chase my dreams. The IRD Student Startup Action helped me inch close to my dreams,” Srinivas, who graduated in Mechanical Engineering says.

Srinivas startup journey got a kick-start when in 2015 he got a project which entailed improvisation of a crutch. The improvised crutch was later presented at a design innovation programme.

This was when he met his junior colleague Arvind S. A. and after a lot of introspection both decided to start a company for developing crutches that reduces the medical side effects.

“There are several serious side effects from using a traditional crutch like deformation of the body, nerve damage, and crutch palsy. We took all this into account and re-designed a crutch that reduces energy usage and mitigates the side effects,” says Arvind.

The duo was joined by Aurabindo J and Danendra Agrawal and they formed the company Flexmotiv Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

“The IRD fund for Startup is a great help for the youngsters chasing entrepreneurial dreams. It helped us a lot. The good thing is that one does need to showcase an end product. Only an innovative idea is needed for the grant. The grant along with the facilities at IIT is enough to build a prototype, validate it in the market and take it to the next level,” says Arvind.

While the prototype is ready the team is now busy fine-tuning the product and redesigning it to meet the market needs under the guidance of their mentors Prof. Jitendra Khatait and Prof. Sudipto Mukherjee . They are endeavoring to get more patients for tests and quantitative analysis. Recently they got into the TBIU programme of FITT as well.

“We are also trying to make the product smaller and lighter.” says Srinivas.

The company will be working on two future products - An EMG Apparel for rehabilitation, health monitoring and human joint angle sensor which has wide range of applications in Tele-operation, gait analysis and sports.