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 and Tata Trusts.

Supporting the Government of India’s missions of “Startup India” and “Make in India”, IIGP 2.0 enhances the Indian innovation ecosystem by enabling innovators and entrepreneurs through the stages of ideation and innovation, to develop technology-based solutions for tomorrow.

Complemented by several implementation partners, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and the Tata Center for Technology and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the programme aims to build an innovation pipeline in India through a high-impact programme focused on the social and industrial innovation ecosystem.

Launched in 2007, India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) has been one of India’s longest standing public-private partnerships. The programme has provided mentoring and handholding assistance to over 400 innovators coming from diverse sectors from across the country; generated over 350 commercial agreements and over $900 Million of economic value for India. (Source: Second Impact Analysis Report by Ernst & Young in 2015).

Through two annual parallel tracks viz. University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge; IIGP 2.0 identifies and supports both industrial and social innovations through the stages of Ideation and Innovation.

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 and incubation support to selected Indian innovators and entrepreneurs.

What are the focus sectors of the Programme?

IIGP seeks applications in 13 focus areas under the University Challenge. In the Open Innovation Challenge, sectors are divided in 11 industrial categories and 10 social categories.

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 should 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 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 the Open Innovation Challenge. 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. However, please note that one Email ID/Login ID can only submit one application. In case you want to submit multiple applications, you will need to create a different login ID using a different email ID for each application.

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. Innovators who have been a part of the Top 10 are requested not to apply to IIGP 2.0 – 2018 with the same 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?

For general queries, email us at innovations@indiainnovates.in and if you have any technical issues, email us at info@indiainnovates.in

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.

Can I still apply if my innovation does not fall under the listed topics?

The University Challenge is only open to innovations, which fall under the listed topics/sub-sectors.

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:

  • Up to 30 University teams will be selected to receive mentoring by IIT-Bombay on presenting ideas to a panel and an opportunity to pitch ideas at an IIGP Downselect Event.
  • Up to 10 selected teams out of the 30 will receive research grants of up to INR 10 Lacs each for developing a concept/prototype, an opportunity to participate in a Design Thinking workshop, mentorship and periodic feedback.

Innovation Phase:

  • Up to 10 teams will participate in a boot camp at IIM Ahmedabad and receive further mentoring by IIGP partners.
  • Up to 4 teams may be awarded research grants of up to INR 25 Lacs each enabling them to advance to the next stage 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?

Up to 10 top teams will be awarded research grants up to INR 10 Lacs each.

At the end of the University Challenge (After Phase A: Ideation + Phase B: Innovation), up to 4 teams may be awarded research grants up to INR 25 Lacs to enable them to advance to the next stage, where they will work in parallel with the top 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 1 month when up to 30 top 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.

Can I still apply if my innovation does not fall under the listed topics?

Under the Open Innovation Challenge, while we encourage applicants to choose the topic/sub-sector under which their innovation most fits. However, if that is not the case, applicants can apply under the “others” category under both industrial and social sector.

What are the benefits of applying to the challenge?

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

Innovation Phase:

  • Up to 50 innovators will get an opportunity to participate in a rigorous boot camp conducted by IIM, Ahmedabad.
  • Up to 16 innovators will undergo an incubation process. Companies in incubation will receive seed funding of up to INR 25 Lacs each 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.

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 16 awards offered every year. These include both social and industrial sectors.

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 up to 16 top teams will be notified.