NASSCOM Foundation and Mphasis announced the results of the 11th edition of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum (NSIF). The Himali Community-based tourism start-up NotOnMap (NoM), won NSIF award in the 'other social innovation category'. NSIF is a Tech for Good platform that aims to drive technology-led innovation for people living in rural areas, by developing solutions to address gaps in key developmental areas and foster inclusive growth
NotOnMap, which has its headquarter in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district, is an Indian startup which helps travelers around the world to experience comfortable stay, culture, and food and seeks to create a livelihood for people in rural areas by connecting them to offbeat travelers. Click the link given to visit their website: https://www.notonmap.com/
A total of 10 organizations were selected across different categories out of 1,500 applicants through rigorous selection criteria and the winners will receive Rs 10 lakh each as catalytic grants and a twelve-month Support to Scale industry mentorship from experts, worth over Rs 20 lakh.
Winners from other categories are: Meraki Foundation won the award in the education category, PadCare Labs Pvt. Ltd. won the award for Healthcare, The Financial Inclusion award was bagged by MHS City Lab, Watsan Envirotech Pvt. Ltd. won the Environment award
NoM founder Kumar Anubhav said, "Achievements like this will certainly give a boost to our efforts towards providing an authentic experience to discerning travelers, preserving the heritage and supporting communities at the same time,"
NotonMap co-founder Manuj Sharma said, "Such awards encourage us a lot in working harder towards sustainable and responsible tourism,"
Currently, Nom is working across 60 villages, covering some 20 communities. They have a presence in states like Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Karnataka. Earlier this year, NoM has bagged a grant worth Euro 2,50,000 travel portal Booking.com.This is the highest grant received by any startup and it has received the money for its proposed expansion plans in the future, The organization also made it to the world’s top ten at the third annual Booking Booster accelerator program.