Image shows a young woman signing in front of a slide showing the name of her company Bleetech, and in front of la large Enable Makeathon banner

Round 1 of the Makeathon is over and in Bangalore that means six teams have progressed to Round 2, the refinement stage.

In Bangalore, where the maekathon began, teams have spent just over two weeks developing their ideas. They have worked with designers, DPOs and business innovators to develop their product or service and the accompanying business model. Yesterday, hosted in the Hilton, each of the 11 teams pitched to a full room of incubators, investors and of course potential users. The teams selected for the next round were particularly impressive.

The selected teams to progress from Round 1(co-creation) to Round 2 (refinement) feature two Indian Sign Language start-ups (Bleetech and Unicom Solutions), a navigation aid for people with a visual impairment (Torchit), a job-matching service for disabled people (For Growth), a universally designed ticketing service (Welava) and finally a molecular imprinted diagnostic kit which makes pregnancy testing kits more discrete for all and accessible to people who are blind.

Over the next 45 days teams will refine and develop their products and business plans; while collating wider testing and feedback from audiences in multiple locations. On the 6th Feb 2018, these teams will pitch once more against one another, and against the London-based teams for a chance to share the $50k of prize money and continue their journey to get their product to market.