India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0

FAQs

What is the DST-Lockheed Martin-Tata Trusts IIGP 2.0?

The India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 is a joint initiative of the Department of Science & Technology - Government of India, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Tata Trusts, with a strong commitment to nurture the Indian innovation ecosystem and enable the entrepreneurs to develop technology based solutions for the betterment of society as well as accelerate innovative Indian technologies into the global marketplace.

The Programme is being implemented in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Tata Center for Technology and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B).

The Programme was launched in 2007 and is one of India’s longest standing public-private partnerships, currently in its’ 11th year. From 2017 onwards, it would run through two separate but parallel tracks; University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge to ideate, engage, develop and accelerate Indian innovations.

What is the objective of the programme?

The objective of the programme is to search for innovators and entrepreneurs across the country who have built compelling science and technology based solutions for India’s development sector problems and specific solutions for the industrial sector The programme provides funding, mentoring, incubation and acceleration services to selected Indian innovators and entrepreneurs.

What are the focus sectors of the Programme?

IIGP seeks applications in industrial and social innovations for both University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge.

What if my innovation falls under both social and industrial sectors (For example: A technology led innovation that offers low cost energy solution in off grid areas). In such case, under which Challenge should I apply?

As an entrepreneur, if you have to tradeoff between the commercial interest and social impact, what would come first for you? If social impact is your primary objective, you should apply under social stream. If commercial success is your primary objective (even though there is social impact) you should apply under industrial sector.

Is it necessary that the technology is developed in India, or can technologies developed with a foreign company/university also apply to the Programme?

As long as the IP is owned by an Indian company or Indian individual/entity, you can apply (meaning the entity or individual owning the IP rights or claiming the IP should be domiciled in India)

Are there any sub-sectors to the focus sectors of industrial and social innovations?

Yes. The list is provided below:

For the social innovation solution, is it necessary to apply with a technological solution or applicants with innovative service delivery models also qualify to apply?

This is a programme for science and technology innovations. Innovative service delivery models/business model innovations need not apply. They can apply to other programmes like Tata Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

What is the difference between the University Challenge & the Open Innovation Challenge?

The University Challenge caters to the ideation and incubation of concepts in response to specific grand challenges, which are sourced entirely from universities across India. Each University or Institution can send their official representative team.

Open Innovation Challenge on the other hand, caters to the innovation and acceleration of concepts, which are sourced from the technology community at large and not specifically from the academic arena. Note that the Open Innovation Challenge fundamentally begins further along the innovation readiness pipeline than the University Challenge. It is open to all.

If I am a student and have a company incubated at an academic institution, do I apply to the University Challenge or the Open Innovation Challenge?

You can apply under Open Innovation. If your institution chooses to respond to the specific Grand Challenge, it can participate in the University Challenge with you and your team.

Can I submit more than one application per year in a specific challenge?

Yes, an innovator can submit multiple applications in a year. Similarly, a university/institution can have multiple teams applying for University Challenge.

Can I reapply to the programme, if applied before?

Yes, an innovator can reapply to the programme in case significant improvements have been made to the technology or if a different product has been developed.

Can I reapply to the programme, if awarded before?

Yes, an innovator can reapply to the programme but with a different innovation.

Where can I apply to the programme?

Applications are only accepted online, at www.indiainnovates.in

How will I know my application has been successfully submitted?

Once an application has been submitted, an auto generated e-mail confirming the successful submission will be sent to your registered e-mail address.

In case of general or technical queries, with whom do I get in touch?

You can reach out to us at innovations@indiainnovates.in and we will get back to you.

Can the application be edited?

Yes, you can edit your application using the User-ID and password generated upon registration. However, once you do the final submission, the application cannot be edited.

Who can apply?

Applications will be sought from individual students/teams across for-profit & non-profit educational institutions/universities in India.

How many maximum team members can be there for applying?

There is no limit on the team size or the # of teams from each university.

Does the team necessarily need to have members from the same university or can I form a team with other universities as well?

Multiple universities can come together and create joint teams.

Can faculty members from Universities also apply or is the Challenge only for students?

In order to promote entrepreneurial spirit among students and in order to provide level playing field, only students can be part of a team. However, they are expected to be mentored by faculty and the research community.

Is there a cap to the number of applications per year?

No, there is no cap to the number of applications to the University Challenge per round.

What are the benefits of applying to the challenge?

The University Challenge will cater to ideation and incubation of concepts (both social and industrial), with the following benefits for the participating teams:

Ideation Phase:

  • Top 30 University teams will receive mentoring by IIT-Bombay on presenting ideas to a panel and an opportunity to pitch ideas at an IIGP Innovator Showcase event.
  • Top 10 selected teams will receive research grants of INR 10 Lacs for developing a concept/prototype, an opportunity to participate in a Design Thinking workshop, mentorship and periodic feedback.

Innovation Phase:

  • Top 10 teams will participate in an IIM-Ahmedabad boot camp and receive further mentoring by IIGP partners.
  • Top 4 teams will be awarded research grants of INR 25 Lacs each enabling them to advance to Phase C: Acceleration where they will work in parallel with teams from the Open Innovation Challenge.

What is the evaluation criterion for the challenge?

Technical/Conceptual Design

  • Advancement in state of the art for the selected technology
  • Risk

Value to Mission

  • How great is the need?

Cost/benefit

  • Design/build/cost estimates

Qualitative attributes

  • Team dynamics
  • Market assessment
  • Creativity

How many awards will be given per year?

At the end of the University Challenge (After Phase A: Ideation + Phase B: Innovation), 4 teams will be awarded research grants of INR 25 Lacs to enable them to advance to Phase C (Acceleration) where they will work in parallel with 4 teams from the Open Innovation Challenge.

What is the total application and evaluation cycle?

After the deadline for submission of applications; the total application & evaluation cycle will take 2 months when the Top 30 teams will be notified.

What is the programme cycle?

Each Phase (A & B) is 12 months in duration. So, a team can be with the programme for up to 24 months.

Who can apply?

Applications will be sourced from the technology community at large and not limited to the academic arena, unlike the University Challenge. This would include:

  • Private Individuals
  • Local Private Entities
  • Government Entities
  • Consortia of the above
  • Any group of people or organisations

Is there a cap to the number of applications per year?

No, there is no cap to the number of applications to the Open Innovation Challenge per round.

What are the benefits of applying to the challenge?

The Open Innovation Challenge will cater to innovation and acceleration of concepts (both social and industrial), with the following benefits for the participating teams:

Innovation Phase:

  • The top 50 innovators will get an opportunity to participate in a rigorous boot camp conducted by IIM, Ahmedabad.
  • 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. They will also get an opportunity to travel and interact with scientists, technology experts, entrepreneurs, and investors from our partner ecosystem in MIT.
  • Access to network of sponsors, mentoring, hands on support in building the enterprise from people who have done it before, and support for pilots/tests in India.
  • Participate at Demo Days organized under the Programme to showcase your technologies to investors.

Acceleration Phase:

  • The top 4 teams will receive additional funding to accelerate their entry to market. They also have access to the network IIGP 2.0 programme offers as described above.

What is the evaluation criterion for the challenge?

1. Problem Identification

Has the specific problem or need been clearly identified? How relevant is the solution to the identified problem?

2. Technological Innovation

Will the innovation lead to disruptive and nonlinear impact?

3. Financial Sustainability

Is the business model able to sustain itself financially over a period of time?

4. Operational Scalability

Can the business model be scaled-up/replicated to impact multiple segments/geographies?

5. Roadmap Ahead

Does the business have a clear vision on how they want to go forward?

6. Team

Does the business have a competent leadership team able to efficiently execute on its business plan? How likely is the team to stick to the mission?

7. Unique Value Proposition/Solution

How strong or unique is the value proposition of the product/service which is being offered as a solution?

8. Market Advantage (Only industrial innovation)
9. Social Impact Scale (Only social innovation)

Will the solution help disrupt the cycle of poverty through irreversible and deep social impact?

How many awards will be given per year?

There will be up to 10 awards offered every year. These include both social and industrial sectors (10 is the cap but there is no floor).

How is it ensured that the applicant’s intellectual property is protected?

Each innovator will enter in to an IP agreement with IIGP 2.0 programme. Details of the IP plan will be shared with selected innovators.

What is the total application and evaluation cycle?

After the deadline for submission of applications; the total application & evaluation cycle will take 2 months when the Top 10 teams will be notified.

 

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