India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0

Open Innovation Challenge

Focus Areas

Industrial Sector

Topic 1


Technologies that provide capabilities enabling a system to perform specific action in a “self-governing” manner.

Topic 2

Internet of Things

Devices embedded with sensors (acoustic, radio-frequency, magnetic, inertial, image processing) and Wi-Fi connectivity that measure and process signals from physical objects to enhance safety, efficiency, and/or quality of life.

Topic 3

Data Analytics

The science of discovering and communicating actionable insights based on data and data processing, and machine learning. Consider applications in biometrics and awareness of human condition based on sensor data.

Topic 4

Electronics Hardware

The technology by which electronics will advance into the next generation of computing power, thermal management and application-flexibility.

Topic 5

Energy and Power Technology

Devices that convert one form of energy into another (For example: electrical to chemical, thermal to electrical, etc.).

Topic 6

Biological Technologies

The incorporation of biologic monitoring and/or biologic sensing into commercial and human systems, safety in potentially bio-hazardous environments, and human performance monitoring in critical situations (driving cars late at night, pilots flying in stressful environments, etc.).

Topic 7


Communication at times when signal transmitting is limited (e.g., during and immediately after a natural disaster, in remote areas, undersea, etc.) among various devices, from phones and computers to communicative IoT devices.

Topic 8

Cyber Security

As connectivity increases, ensuring our data remains protected no matter where it is, and that our critical systems – infrastructure, vehicles, and medical devices – are not compromised.

Topic 9

Thermal Management and Acoustics/Thermo-acoustics

Given temperature constraints of even advanced materials, consider the effects of aero-thermal heating and management techniques. Consider also the advanced acoustical reduction techniques in engines, generators, etc.

Topic 10

Advanced Materials

Materials that have a breakthrough in resistance to heat and/or ultra-high thermal conductivity, materials with metamaterial properties, flexible materials that can be embedded with electronics

Topic 11

Smart Infrastructure Design : Smart Cities and Integrated Habitats

Details will be provided soon..

Social Sector

Topic 1

Sanitation and Waste Management

Topic 2

Environment and Natural Resource Management

Topic 3

Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods

Topic 4

Education and Skills

Topic 5

Safe Drinking Water

Topic 6

Affordable Healthcare

Topic 7

Clean Energy

Topic 8

Low Cost Housing

Topic 9

Inclusive FinTech

As opposed to the University Challenge, the Open Innovation Challenge will cater to innovation and acceleration of concepts (both social and industrial) sourced from the technology community at large and not specifically from the academic arena. Out of 1000 expected submissions, 50 will be down-selected as Phase B finalists evaluated on thoroughness, forecasted costs, and viability.

Phase B: Innovation

The top 10 innovators will undergo an incubation process. Companies in incubation will receive seed funding as well as mentoring support to enable them to accelerate market penetration and scale-up operations. Teams would go through a rigorous boot camp and receive a wealth of incubation support and funding as they develop their concepts into prototypes.

From the 10 selected innovations, four would be down selected that would advance to Phase C of the Programme where they will work in parallel with four University Challenge teams. Note that University Challenge projects that complete Phase A and Phase B may apply to Phase C of the Open Innovation Challenge.

Phase C: Acceleration

Both University Challenge and Open Innovation Phase B winners will travel to the USA and meet business experts from Silicon Valley and MIT for further mentorship. It is expected for the teams to transition their prototyped concepts into global markets, through guidance on the nuanced process of global go-to-market strategy.


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