Technologies for energy storage, smart metering, clean cooking, innovative EV solutions, battery technologies, energy monitoring systems and hydro turbine technologies are among the 15 winning start-ups announced and felicitated by Government of India, BIRAC, Tata Trusts, TATA Power and Social Alpha at a felicitation ceremony and innovation showcase of the Social Alpha Energy Challenge 2.0 (SAEC 2.0), today. The winners were selected from more than 150 applicants across the country which were screened for their unique technology and business model, strong focus on affordability and accessibility and social, economic and environmental impact.
The selection for the winners of Social Alpha Energy Challenge 2.0 was made for two categories respectively - ‘pre-pilot’ and ‘post-pilot’, to address the needs of technologies and start-ups in different stages of product development. The pre-pilot category winners will be supported in their very early stage through handholding and mentorship for product development, including support in physical prototype development and testing. The post-pilot category start-ups are the ones that have crossed the proof of concept stage and have demonstrated a working prototype, and will be supported in the go-to-market execution.
The winners will be incubated by the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC). CEIIC, Social Alpha’s deep-tech Energy Innovation Lab, which is the joint initiative of the Government of India and Tata Trusts, supported by Department of Biotechnology, BIRAC, Tata Power and Tata Power-Delhi Distribution Limited. CEIIC will support entrepreneurs by providing industry and field connect critical for product development.
Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary Department of Biotechnology & Chairperson BIRAC, said “It’s a great pleasure to see the innovative energy Start-ups coming forward and addressing important issues of climate change, energy access & efficiency and sustainable future. The incubation support at the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC) would play a catalytic role for lab-to-market facilitation to the winners of the Energy Challenge 2.0. Under Mission Innovation, CEIIC is a first of its kind International Incubation Centre jointly established by DBT/BIRAC, Tata Trusts & Tata Power reflecting strong PPP commitment for promoting new affordable solutions for clean energy. I congratulate the winners and wish them good luck in their journey to develop solutions in tackling global energy crisis for a low carbon, energy efficient and sustainable future.
Praveer Sinha, CEO and Managing Director, TATA Power, said, “Technological innovation in the cleanenergy space is not a choice anymore, but a necessity. This is the only way to deliver sustainable and affordable energy for all. We have joined hands with Social Alpha for the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre that will help us achieve this goal. Tata Power is deeply committed in promoting and supporting the ecosystem to develop clean and smart energy solutions through the adoption of technological innovations. I congratulate the winners of Social Alpha Energy Challenge 2.0 and wish them the best in their journey. Tata Power is extending support to the start-ups in terms of technical mentorship and commercial opportunities, wherever possible."
Manoj Kumar, Founder and CEO, Social Alpha and Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tata Trusts, says, “Social Alpha Energy Challenge is a major movement towards accelerating cleantech innovations for a low carbon, energy efficient and sustainable future. The winners have demonstrated impactful technology solutions that have the potential to address issues of energy poverty, energy access and climate change. We already have 8 cleantech companies in our portfolio that have demonstrated the potential to collectively reduce more than 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year by 2030. We are really looking forward to this year’s winning innovations and believe that they will further strengthen India’s leadership in global shift towards clean and sustainable energy.”
The winners will receive customized lab-to-market incubation support at CEIIC, which includes access to world-class lab infrastructure and test beds, technical advisory, R&D support for product design and manufacturing, piloting opportunities with industry leaders, access to grant funding, hands-on operational support, business planning, go-to-market strategic advisory, international exposure and collaboration opportunities, opportunity to access seed support from Social Alpha, and a connect with a larger investor and donor network, access to shared office space with amenities and shared support services.
List of top 15 winners under pre-pilot and post-pilot categories:
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