India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0

Open Innovation Challenge

Registrations Closed

Focus Areas

Topic 1

Advanced Materials

Refers to all new materials and modifications to existing materials to obtain superior performance in one or more characteristics like ultra high thermal conductivity, materials with metamaterial properties and flexiblility.

Topic 2

Aerospace and Defence Technologies

Refers to use of latest technology in global security and aerospace applications including satellites and spacecrafts for better efficiency either in terms of reduction in weight, increase in structural strength or reduction in cost of operations.

Topic 3


Refers to use of technology in agriculture, horticulture, and aquaculture with the aim of improving yield, efficiency, and profitability.

Topic 4

Biotechnologies and Life Science

Refers to the technology that uses/alters/affects living systems and/or organisms to develop or make products or any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use.

Topic 5

Civic and Governance Technologies

Refers to technology that enables engagement, participation or enhances the relationship between the people and government by enhancing citizen communications/public decision, improving government delivery of service, or provide efficient and improved public/private infrastructure (eg roads, housing materials etc).

Topic 6

Cyber Security

Refers to technology for the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks or enhances the current internet connected systems to increase operational efficiancy in enterprises.

Topic 7

Education and Skills

Refers to technology used to facilitate human learning and improve skills in a cost effective manner and with much better outcome supported through data analytics using conventional or new non conventional delivery techniques.

Topic 8

Electronics Hardware

Refers to technology that will enhance current systems in manufacturing/non-manufacturing set ups thorugh hardware products that either cut down on costs or enhance machines to increase productivity through better sytems and integration.

Topic 9

Energy and Power Technologies

Refers to technology for efficient, environmentally friendly and economical extraction, conversion, transportation, storage and use of energy, targeted towards yielding high efficiency whilst skirting side effects on humans, nature and the environment.

Topic 10

Environment Technologies

Refers to technology which involves application of one or more of environmental science, green chemistry, environmental monitoring and electronic devices to monitor, model and conserve the natural environment and resources, and to curb the negative impacts of human involvement.

Topic 11

Financial Technologies

Refers to technology to help companies, business owners and consumers better manage their financial operations, processes and lives by utilizing specialized software and algorithms via unique technological architecture designs.

Topic 12


Refers to technology that can help detect, prevent, treat, and make healthcare accessible to people. Products that aid the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings.

Topic 13

Industry 4.0 - Smart Manufacturing and Industrial Autonomy

Refers to any technology by which manufacturing systems can advance into next generation processes and products using enhanced computing power resulting in manufacturing application flexibiltiy with the use of hardware/software IP based solutions.

Topic 14

Information Technology and IT enabled Services

Refers to any technology using any source of information technology, communication or services to primarily cater to enterprises and enable efficiency in the way the organisation operate in general.

Topic 15

Low-Cost Housing

Refers to technology and products that help automate processes, disrupt the existing value chain for housing sector and bring development efficiency resulting in affordable housing and enhacing livability of the population overall.

Topic 16

Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles

Refers to use of latest technology in electric vehicles including battery swapping, cell level engineering, etc. and latest technologies enabling autonomous driving or vehicle manufacturing & testing leading to greater manufacturing efficiencies and better quality product.

Topic 17

Rural Livelihood

Refers to technology that can improve the social economic conditions of the mass and help in improving the living standards by empowering people increasing economic mobility in society. Companies that will harness the rural population’s capability and complement them with capacities (information, knowledge, skill, tools, finance and collectivization), so that the poor can deal with the external world and increase their livelihood by themselves.

Topic 18

Sanitation & Waste Management

Refers to technology that brings efficiency in collection, transport, treatment, disposal and management of waste and improving sanitation conditions that affect the life of common people.

Topic 19

Water Technologies

Refers to the use of technology to either increase efficiency of water through its treatment, conservation, storage, management from raw to some specific end use (drinking, irrigation, etc) or to do better management of water as a resource and reduce wastage/leaks via better water networks.

As opposed to the University Challenge, the Open Innovation Challenge caters to innovation of concepts (both industrial and social) sourced from the technology startup community at large in India and not specifically from the academic arena. Out of the applications received, up to 50 teams are down-selected as Phase B finalists through an evaluation process focused on thoroughness, forecasted costs and viability. These teams receive an opportunity to participate at a bootcamp at IIM Ahmedabad.

Phase B: Innovation

At an Innovators Competition, up to 10 top teams are selected as IIGP 2.0 winners and undergo an incubation process. Start-ups in incubation receive seed grants of up to INR 25 Lacs each as well as mentorship support to enable them to accelerate market penetration and scale-up operations. They also get an opportunity to participate at an Immersion Workshop, and interact with global experts from the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem. They also get an opportunity to participate at Demo Days organized under the IIGP 2.0 to showcase their technologies to and interact one-on-one with investors.

Timeline: 2019

* Timeline is subject to change.

* Industrial Immersive Day is only for selective startups.

Registrations Closed