- Grand Challenge
Grand Challenge –
Agritech and Climate Action
Tourism and Sustainability
The Grand Challenge is aimed at supporting early-stage innovators to upscale from the R&D phase to developing workable prototypes and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) for the Agritech and Climate Action, Tourism and Sustainability sector. 20 shortlisted innovators will be invited to attend a 2-week bootcamp. Of the 20 innovators, 4 will be supported in development of MVP(s)/ prototypes. The Grand Challenge is a part of the XR Startup Program, a collaboration between Meta and MeitY Startup Hub, and will be run and managed by AIC-SMU Technology Business Incubation Foundation (AIC-SMUTBI).
The applications should propose ideas or solutions that leverage XR technologies with the objective of:
- Transforming and revolutionizing agriculture
- Solving for present-day challenges of the agriculture sector
- Addressing the impact of climate change
- Enabling climate action
The applications should propose ideas or solutions that leverage XR technologies to:
- Enhance/ re-define/ revolutionize tourism
- Enable sustainable tourism
- Address challenges faced by the travel industry
- Promote sustainability
Why should you apply?
1. Top 20 shortlisted innovators will receive the following benefits:
Opportunity to attend the bootcamp.
Shortlist grant of ₹ 50,000 on successful completion of the bootcamp.
2. Top 4 innovators out of the bootcamp will receive the following benefits:
Grant of ₹ 20,00,000 to be utilized solely for conversion of solution/ idea/ proof of concept to MVP/ prototype.
Mentorship by industry experts and researchers.
Access to a network of potential strategic partners and investors.
Opportunity to participate and present at demo days and various industry events.
Access to technology and infrastructure support.
Who should apply?
- Students studying at a university in India
- Entrepreneurs, working professionals, faculty or researchers based in India
- Aspiring Indian startups at the ideation stage or at pre-MVP/ prototype stage
Key target outcomes
- Development of workable MVP(s) prototypes
- Partnership/ customer connects
- Investor introductions
|Application Start Date||August 10, 2022, 9:00 AM (IST)|
|Application end date||September 24, 2022, 11:59 PM (IST)|
|Announcement of top 20 shortlisted applicants||November 2022|
|Announcement of top 4 final applicants||December 2022|
|Commencement of 6-month program||December 2022|
|Demo days||July 2023|
|Note: Dates/ timelines are subject to change. Kindly check this site regularly for the latest information.|
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