"The Shell E4 programme has been launched and 5 innovative companies have joined us as part of Cohort 1"

(From L to R) Daniel David: Co-founder - Detect Technologies; Prerak Ujgare : Co-founder & COO - IoTrek; Hari Krishnan: Co-founder - Detect Technologies; Nivedha RM: Founder & CEO - Trashcon and Suruchi Rao: Co-founder - Ossus Bio
(From L to R) Daniel David: Co-founder - Detect Technologies; Prerak Ujgare : Co-founder & COO - IoTrek; Hari Krishnan: Co-founder - Detect Technologies; Nivedha RM: Founder & CEO - Trashcon and Suruchi Rao: Co-founder - Ossus Bio

We are excited to welcome the Shell E4 Cohort 1 companies to the Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore. After a rigorous selection process, 5 innovative companies have been selected out of hundreds that applied to the E4 programme, and they are here for the next 6 months.

During the programme, the start-ups will be housed at a vibrant co-working space within Shell Technology Centre Bangalore, which will provide them with round-the-clock proximity to Shell subject matter experts and advisors who can help them develop or refine their products. In addition, the start-ups will also have access to Shell’s large global partner network providing opportunities for niche networking at multiple energy focused events and engagements that have been planned as part of the curriculum.

At the end of the six-month programme, the cohort start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch to top investors from India and abroad as well as meet with an array of decision makers from the energy ecosystem, on Demo Day. After the cohort graduates, they will continue their relationship with the programme through the Shell E4 alumni network.

Read about these innovators in the ‘Shell E4 Start-up Companies’ section at the bottom of this page. The programme is currently accepting applications for its second Cohort until 31st March 2018.

Nitin Prasad, Country Chairman, Shell Companies in India addressing a group of startups during #makethefuture Accelerator India 2017
Nitin Prasad, Country Chairman, Shell Companies in India addressing a group of startups during #makethefuture Accelerator India 2017

At Shell India, we are driven by our purpose of “Powering more and cleaner energy solutions - through our people, partnerships and innovations - for India and the world”. E4 is a natural extension of this core purpose, and envisions to promote innovation and build partnerships, by nurturing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.

Startups shall have access to infrastructure, expertise, capital and customers to help them accelerate their business growth and test the commercial and technical viability of their business offering. The startups will benefit from Shell’s Technology Labs and IT infrastructure, resources, network of partners and customers, and will also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to other potential investors brought in during the program.

The Shell E4 program builds upon the company’s global vision to support the energy sector’s evolving ecosystem. Shell has a rich history of working with entrepreneurs across the energy value chain globally. Details of some of our programs can be found at the bottom of the webpage.

Aligned to this vision, #Makethefuture Accelerator India, which concluded earlier in March 2017, demonstrates Shell’s commitment to improve and build new energy systems through innovation and collaboration.

Shell E4 will be located at the Shell Technology Centre Bengaluru (STCB) and, is well positioned to leverage the vibrant Bengaluru ecosystem.

Shell E4 Start-up Companies

Detect Technologies

Detect Technologies

This Chennai-based start-up focuses on asset integrity management especially in the conventional oil and gas industry and has already built unique, patented technology for pipeline condition monitoring in real-time, using a long-range ultrasonic sensor for temperatures of up to 350 degrees Celsius. This solution will help cut massive productivity losses in case of a breach. Along with this the company also provides Noctuan intelligent solution for structural health monitoring on hard to reach assets such as stacks, columns, pipe racks, vessels, tanks, boilers, chimneys etc. and has several Fortune 500 companies as their clients.

Founders Daniel Raj David, Tarun Kumar Mishra, Harikrishnan AS, Karthik R, and Professor Krishnan Balasubramanian are IIT Madras alumni (and professor), who bring a wealth of experience in research, management and execution for the company.

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ION Energy

Ion Energy

ION Energy is building cutting edge energy storage systems and infrastructure for the adoption of high performance electric vehicles. ION has offices in Mumbai, USA & now France. ION leverages deep proprietary technology that merges their strengths in design, electro mechanics, battery management systems and software. Apart from deploying their own systems and infrastructure, ION will license a chemistry agnostic and extensively cascadable architecture that enables rapid product development for customers that demand high quality battery systems.

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IoTrek Technology

IoTrek is developing technology solutions to make infrastructure and outdoor work-sites safe and smart. IoTrek achieves this by using intelligent sensors, low power wireless networks and machine learning software.

Founded by IIT-Roorkee alumni; Piyush Vishwakarma (CEO), Kamran Alam (CTO) and Prerak Ujgare (COO), IoTrek is building solutions such as "connected workforce" for the construction industry. IoTrek is working closely with some large construction companies in USA and India to improve the safety as well as productivity of field sites. IoTrek has come up with ultra-low power tracking devices embedded with motion sensors to connect people and assets in real time over long-range wireless network infrastructure. It aims to save millions of dollars per year in operations for infrastructure companies by implementing various use cases on single network infrastructure.

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Ossus Biorenewables

Ossus Biorenewables

This Bengaluru-based start-up is creating solutions for clean energy and recovery of green chemicals from waste water. They are focused on assetizing waste water through, bH2 plus, a technology employing specially designed microbial cell factories, for generating biohydrogen and metals from renewable feedstocks like industrial effluents, municipal sewage and polluted water bodies.

This start-up believes that the key to a sustainable circular economy lies in reducing the uncertainty associated with renewable waste feedstock supply chain, which often originates from an unorganized sector, such as the one observed with agricultural waste or municipal solid waste. Reflecting this ideal in their business model has allowed them improved control over feedstock for their technology and has allowed them to assetize these resources for reuse in value-maximizing transfers to new energy. In this manner, municipalities and major industries can monetize their waste water streams in exchange for a sustainable source of carbon-negative, high-density energy carrier in the form of biohydrogen, while simultaneously generating metals and clean water.

With the potential to be retro-fitted to storage tanks, effluent treatment plants or installed directly in-situ for the restoration of polluted rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water, this start-up is creating an end-to-end green solution for valorizing the utilizable energy present in waste water.

Founded by Dr. Suruchi Rao and Ms. Shanta Rao in 2017, Ossus Biorenewables is currently in the process of demonstrating the elemental capability of their technology for generating value from produced water, an effluent generated by upstream oil and gas companies.


Traschcon company

The Bengaluru-based start-up, founded by Nivedha RM, has created Trashbot, an automated municipal solid waste segregator that separates municipal solid waste (MSW) into biodegradable, non-biodegradable, metals and rejects components of mixed MSW mechanically. The segregator can process up to 300-400 kgs of MSW/hour, recovering up to 85-98 percent of biodegradables and more than 95 percent of non-biodegradables. Any kind of mixed waste is dumped into the hopper and the waste is segregated instantaneously.
With an inbuilt IoT technology, Trashbot consumes relatively less energy compared to conventional segregators, minimizes manual intervention and enables quick processing of large volumes of waste. Trashbots are installed at various wards across the city to prevent dumping of wastes on the streets and pathways, and thus prevent choking of water and sewage channels, which have resulted in floods during heavy rains.

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