Tata Trusts Launches the First Nationwide Hunt for Innovators and Entrepreneurs, Invites Entries for Social Alpha Energy Challenge.

**Friday, February 9, 2018 ** - In a first-of-its-kind nationwide search, Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) – which supports technology-based solutions for social impact through their lab-to-market journey – has announced the “Social Alpha Energy Challenge” to find high impact innovations that could catalyze system change in the field of energy.

With a focus on cleantech, sustainability and energy efficiency, the Social Alpha Energy Challenge aims to discover next-gen technology innovations that promise to unlock new solutions to India’s energy challenges or make existing energy networks smarter, cleaner and more affordable. In this ambitious hunt, the Challenge is inviting entries from innovators across various stages of the energy lifecycle – generation, transmission and distribution, storage, and consumption, in multiple sectors such as households, farm, industry, infrastructure, building, utility and transport.


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The winners will be assessed on select parameters such as the breakthrough nature of the innovation, business viability, environmental sustainability, social impact, and scalability potential. The winners of the Energy Challenge will form the first cohort of enterprises for Tata Smart Energy Incubation Centre (TSEIC) – an incubator and start up accelerator being built in partnership between Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited and Tata Trusts.

A maximum of 10 winners will be selected to receive complete incubation support that will include:

  • 6 to 18 months of access to the upcoming Tata Smart Energy Incubation Centre in New Delhi
  • Access to state-of-the-art lab facilities and world class-infrastructure
  • Access to test beds on the ground for trials and field testing
  • Strategy and go-to-market (GTM) support
  • Mentorship by experts, specialists, and sector leaders
  • Gateway to a diverse and large investor ecosystem

The last date to submit applications is 7 April, 2018. Entrants for the energy challenge can register here: http://socialalphachallenge.org/energy