The seeds for Sickle Innovations were sown at the Indian Institute of Science and later the company was founded in 2014 with the support of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Indian agricultural sector mostly comprising micro farms has been plagued by several problems such as dwindling crop harvests, increased labour costs and severe labour attrition. We believe we can help farmers earn more by either reducing the input cost (in terms of labour) or by increasing the value of their produce. Prudent design intervention towards providing economic farming solutions for the micro farms remains our core focus.
Our design approach is human centred and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in evolving comprehensively field tested design prototypes. To know what does design mean to us, have a look.
Harvesting & Pre harvesting solutions
We sell our hand tools and low powered equipment under this brand. Please visit website here to know more.
(Mango Picker, Apple Picker, Apricot Picker, Neem fruit Harvester, Seabuckthorn Harvester, Solar trap, Transplanter, Weeding tools, Saffron dryer)
Low cost grading solutions
Machine vision based grading solutions completely designed and developed in India are marketed through our brand Marsh Harrier. Please visit the website to know more.
Nitin Gupta, Core Member
Nitin is product design graduate from Indian Institute of Science. Immediately after completing his graduation in 2013 he founded Sickle Innovations. Prior to that Nitin was Scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation for three years after finishing his mechanical engineering in 2008. His interests range from arts to science to sports. He is an active cyclist and biker. He belongs to a town primarily driven by agriculture. He was grown in farming community and here he brings his experience to understand users’ needs in a better way.
Vinay Reddy, Core Member
Vinay was born in a farming family of a small town. He graduated in Product Design from Indian Institute of Science in 2012. He holds a bachelors degree in civil engineering from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. He worked for Ashok leyland before quitting to pursue his passion for product design. His interests include Solar energy, Agriculture, Human Factors, Concept and Mechanism Design. He loves photography and nature.
Malik Kumar, Core Member
Malik hails from a farming family of village located in Kota, Rajasthan. He graduated from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) with MBA in rural management. Malik worked with National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEx) before joining Sickle. He has studied B. Sc. agriculutre. His passion include working on ground problems and bringing right solutions for them.
Dr Dibakar Sen, Advisor
Dr Dibakar Sen is one of the most celebrated personalities of Indian Institute of Science. He is associated to Department of Mechanical Engineering and Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing at IISc. He has served at Indian Space Research Organisation and Steel Authority of India Limited in the past. At Sickle, he monitors and controls the various design phases and technical aspects of product design.
Dr C V Natraj, Advisor
Dr Natraj is a post doctorate in Chemistry field. He has received his education from the top universities of the world . He was Director of Research at Hindustan Lever Limited. Later he headed Unilever as senior vice president for nearly ten years. Dr Natraj renders his advice on strategy and business planning at Sickle. He has been the driving force in the foundation of the company.