Maruti Suzuki India selects 3 new start-ups under innovation programme

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 22 Mar 2021


Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest carmaker has shortlisted three new start-ups as part of the 4th cohort of the MAIL (Mobility & Automobile Innovation Lab) programme with an objective to promote innovation in the mobility space. The startups include: Nable IT, Redbot and Sleave.

Maruti Suzuki had launched the MAIL initiative in partnership with GHV Accelerator in January 2019. The initiative aims to create a suitable environment to nurture, foster and guide the early-stage startups. With the latest addition of three startups, Maruti Suzuki is now engaged with 17 startups under the MAIL programme in the last two years.

Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, “The startups are poised to disrupt the consumer technology world. The Company's MAIL initiative supports them by co-creating innovative business solutions. The three new startups will now engage with Maruti Suzuki for paid projects. In the end, the solutions offered by these innovative minds will help delight customers.”

Nable IT, a startup from New Delhi, emerged winner at Cohort 4, while Redbot from Bangalore is the first runner up and Sleave from New Delhi is the second runner up. As in the previous Cohort sessions, the teams underwent an extensive shortlisting process that included screening and virtual pitch sessions.  The domain experts at Maruti Suzuki also mentored and guided the startups to create the right product fit. They will also get an opportunity to undertake a paid Proof-of-Concept with Maruti Suzuki for actual business use of their technologies.