Introduction

About

Sickle Innovations is a farming solutions company focused on improving conventional farming practices through design intervention. We work closely with farming communities and offer unique solutions based on their requirements.

About

The seeds for Sickle Innovations were sown at Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science and the company was founded in 2014 with the gracious support of IIM Ahmedabad’s business incubator, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE).

Our Vision

At Sickle Innovations, we strive to become the trusted companion for farmers and labourers across India; doing our bit to help make farming profitable and financially sustainable.

Our Mission

Develop innovative mechanisation solutions to improve conventional farming practices through Design-Thinking.

Our Approach

On India’s micro-farms, we feel that problems related to non-availability of farm labour, low profits, labour drudgery are all equally solvable with prudent design and technology intervention. Our design approach is human-centred and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards; constantly and comprehensively evolving our field-tested design prototypes.

Designing and developing products that provide economic farming solutions for micro-farms make up our core focus.

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Products

Sickle designs and develops smart solutions around problems being faced by horticulture growers from pre-harvest to post-harvest solutions. Sickle own two brands viz Hectare (for hand-held tools) and Marsh Harrier (post harvest solutions)

Products

Pre-harvest Solutions

Harvesting Solutions

Post-harvesting Solutions

People

Everyone at Sickle is passionate to work for the farming community. Get to know more about our team members and advisors.

People

 

Team

 

I'm here because I love challenges

Nitin Gupta
Core Member

Nitin is a Product Design graduate from the Indian Institute of Science. Upon graduating in 2013 he founded Sickle Innovations. After completing his Mechanical Engineering in 2008, Nitin was a Scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for three years. His interests span arts, science and sport. He is an active cyclist and biker. He belongs to a town primarily driven by agriculture, and at Sickle, brings his experience to understand users’ needs in a better way.

I want to work on real life problems

Vinay Reddy
Core Member

Vinay was born into a farming family. He graduated in Product Design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2012 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. He worked for Ashok Leyland briefly before quitting to pursue his passion for Product Design. His areas of interest include solar energy, agriculture, human factors, concept and mechanism design. He loves photography and Nature.

I am here because I believe in change

Malik Kumar Meena
Core member

Born in Rajasthan, Malik has studied Agricultural sciences from University of Agriculture, Raichur. His passion for rural development took him to prestigious IRMA(Institute of Rural Management Anand) for his graduation in Rural management. His deep-rooted interest in farming and social development led him to join Sickle Innovations.

Prior to joining Sickle, Malik was Assistant Manager at NCDEX. Outside the work environment he is a Nature lover and explorer.

How'd we take the products to the end users

Hijaaz Ali Raza
Core member

Hijaaz belongs to a business family from Kozhikode, Kerala. After having completed his Mechanical Engineering from Cardiff University, UK he worked for Mercedes as a trainee engineer for a year. To follow his interests in finance, he pursued a Master’s in Business Administration from SIBM, Pune graduating in 2014. He was a Project Associate at IIM Ahmedabad’s business incubator- Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) before joining Sickle Innovations. He is a footballer, enjoys travelling and reading.

I love to solve challenges

Amit Jain
Product Designer

Born in Delhi, bugged with computer in 1995, has done his masters in Computer Science from G.G.S.I.P.U. Been a supporter of startup culture, where we are always to bring new ideas to world. Wishes to make a mark by bringing one of his own. Had been working in I.T. Industry for 5 years, as an Mobile App Developer. Loves to play various sports, experimental cooking, watch T.V. series in one go.

Advent into Sickle Innovation, inspired by the problems/opportunities that exists in agri sector, while his trip to Himachal Pradesh, marketing Apple Picker.

I am here because Whatever I build, builds me

Gopal Gautam
Production Manager

Gopal was born and brought up in Vadodara. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Karnataka University, he realized that his passion lies in mathematics and design. Prior to Sickle, he has worked for the period of six years at Polycab wires where he was responsible for  Production planning and inventory control. His zeal to learn new things led him to Sickle Innovations. He is an excellent team player and a good problem solver. He loves trekking and listening to music.

Love to work from IDEA to IMPLEMENTATION

Ishit Patel
Product Designer

Ishit is a problem solver by passion and an engineer by education. He graduated from LDRP Institute of Technology and Research. He was introduced to the philosophy of design in his final year and was fascinated by the approach of design thinking to tackle challenges. Since then he has educated himself in the field of design through various online and offline courses. He firmly believes that agriculture is the most important and yet untouched field where the application of design thinking can solve grassroot problems. Eventually he wishes to design an alternate lifestyle that encourages coexistence between humans and nature. He loves adventures, challenges and uncertainties. He enjoys hiking in the mountains and exploring virgin forests.

I'm here to be 'the change'

Hem Patel
Design Engineer

Born in Rajkot, Hem is currently pursuing his masters in CAD/CAM at Nirma University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Marwadi University, where he had the opportunity to get trained at Bosch Rexroth Automation Workshop. He joined Sickle Innovations owing to his desire to contribute in the field of product design. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing and watching cricket.

Serve those who serve us

Tapan Sinhara
Design Engineer

Tapan’s passion in studying physics and mathematics led him to pursue Mechanical Engineering. He started out as a diploma student of Mechanical Engineering at Nirma University where he was awarded with gold medal for his outstanding academic performance. Owing to his interests in the core subjects, he further pursued Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering  from Sal College of Engineering which fostered his knowledge and helped build a strong foundation to help the society through his expertise. His aspiration of aiding society led him to Sickle innovations where he is utilizing his skills for the betterment of the society.

I'm here to learn and implement

Maneka Goyal
Product Designer

Maneka graduated as an Agriculture Engineer from Punjab Agricultural University in 2014 and is now pursuing her M.Tech in Food Technology and Management from the National Institute of Food Technology and Management (NIFTEM). She joined Sickle Innovations in order to understand the problems existing at the grass-root level and reduce the gap between farm mechanisation and farmers. Her areas of interest are farm mechanisation and product development. She loves to dance and play basketball.

I'm here to be 'the change'

Shanthmurthy MG
Design Intern

Born to an agricultural family, Shanthmurthy has always enjoyed working in the field. He is currently pursuing bachelors in mechanical engineering at R V College of engineering, He firmly believes in the advent of engineering & technology for improvising the farming methods. He worked as the Project Manager and Captain of TEAM CHIMERA – a research club working on hybrid technologies for pollution free environment. He is a tech geek who is equally passionate about thought provoking movies and TV shows. His innate desire to contribute his technical acumen to Agriculture and farming has landed him at the doors of Sickle innovations.

I'm here to learn and implement

Eshwarmurthy T
Design Intern

Eshwarmurthy T is a 4th year student of the department of Mechanical engineering at R. V. C. E Bangalore. He is part of a student R&D project called Ashwa Racing, where he strengthened his fundamentals in automotive and mechanical engineering. His primary interests are design and product development. He is currently an intern at sickle innovations. This opportunity is helping him to sharpen his skills with the human centered design approach.

 Advisory Board

I make sure they develop products which make business sense

Hemendra Mathur
Advisor

Hemendra Mathur is Managing Director at SEAF India Investment Advisors. He has over 20 years of experience in private equity, management consulting and banking industry in India, South Asia, South East Asia, Europe and USA. He is graduate from IIMA 1996 batch. Mr Hemendra advises Sickle on new business opportunities and new market domains.

They have to take the innovation to the user, that is why I'm here

Dr C V Natraj
Advisor

Dr. Natraj holds a postdoctorate in the field of Chemistry. He has received his education from the top universities of the world and was Director of Research at Hindustan Lever Limited. Later, he headed Unilever as Senior Vice President for nearly ten years. Dr. Natraj advises Sickle on strategy and business planning. He has been a key driving force in foundation of the company.

I make sure that they follow the complete design process

Dr Dibakar Sen
Advisor

Dr. Dibakar Sen is one the most celebrated personalities at the Indian Institute of Science. He is associated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing at IISc and has served at the Indian Space Research Organisation and Steel Authority of India Limited in the past. At Sickle, he monitors and controls all aspects related to product design.

Career

We are expanding our R&D team and are looking for candidates who share our vision and passion for working on ground level problems faced by farming communities. If you share such a vision, we would love to hear from you.

Career

 

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Blog & News

Recent media coverage on Sickle Innovations.
We are also in the midst of starting a blog, so watch this space for more information coming your way soon!

Sickle : Innovative company of year 2016 award

The Indian STEPs (Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park) and Business Incubators’ Association (ISBA) has awarded Innovative Company of the Year to Sickle Innovations for the year 2016 at XI ISBA Conference 2016, Pune.

ISBA has been in the forefront of creating a climate of innovation and incubation in the country since its formation in 2004. The conference brought together all major stakeholders of startup ecosystem, that includes incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, innovation clusters, startups, investors, Govt, corporates & international experts.

Contact Us

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Contact Us

Sickle Innovations Private Limited
CIIE Building, Indian Institute of Management (IIMA)
380015 Ahmedabad India