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Journal of Frugal Innovation

, 1:3

First Online: 22 December 2015Received: 30 June 2015Accepted: 09 December 2015


Innovation is a process of integrated thinking. The interactions between technology, market and the need for technology remain unconnected. Connecting these unconnected dots leads to a market disruption, paving the way for an economically viable innovation. India has various national-level programmes that foster innovation environments for the creation of economic empowerment. This paper looks at one such innovation: the soleckshaw: solar electric rickshaw. The emergence of these electric rickshaws came from enhancing the design of already existing cycle rickshaws to create better rickshaws, which are socially acceptable as they reduce human drudgery and are environment friendly, leaving a low-carbon footprint. The case being highlighted here, that existing knowledge connected with existing technology to address a need, leads to new consumers and new markets and eventually causing a technology-led policy intervention. The paper also looks at the role non-exclusive licencing plays in the absorption and dissemination of an innovation.

KeywordsElectric rickshaw Soleckshaw Crowdsourcing Frugal Low cost Innovation Make in India Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s40669-015-0003-5 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Nisha Chandran - Samir Kumar Brahmachari


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