‘Breakthrough – Science & Technology for People and Planet’ will offer a pathway for ideas to move from the lab to market to deployment through Social Alpha’s full-stack architecture.


Frontier technologies and new materials are creating vast opportunities to tackle previously insurmountable challenges. These advancements are part of the ongoing Fourth Industrial Revolution, where AI, robotics, genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies are blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological realms, with immense potential limited only by our imagination. 

To support science and technology entrepreneurs, we need an ecosystem that assists in establishing product-market fit, provides access to deployment sandboxes, and offers entrepreneurial mentoring. Additionally, efficient allocation of capital from various sources can bridge funding gaps, fostering breakthrough innovations that positively impact mass prosperity, well-being, sustainability, and equity. 

Social Alpha’s multi-stage architecture integrates backward with the R&D ecosystem, co-creating laboratories for translational research, product development, and venture incubation. Its forward integration with communities and markets catalyses innovation deployment and diffusion, generating evidence-backed playbooks for scale-up. This full-stack architecture aims to address market failure gaps in the sector, offering a pathway to breakthrough ideas from the lab to market to deployment. 


The program consists of two parallel tracks focused on solution development and deployment, providing tailored support to innovators. These tracks aim to de-risk the transition of early-stage innovations. 

Development Track
Technology is at a proof-of-concept stage or undergoing integration, testing, and validation in controlled and field settings (TRL 3-6).
Deployment Track
Technology has demonstrated technical performance and is ready for testing early product-market fit, use cases, and ROI demonstration, or is at a scale-up stage (TRL 7-9).


Early-stage ventures working on science and technology-based disruptive innovations, contributing positively to mass prosperity, well-being, sustainability, and equity, may apply to either of the above-mentioned categories. 

Focus Areas

Space Technologies & Aeronautics Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Genetics & Synthetic Biology Robotics & Automation Engineering Quantum Technologies Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

Application Areas

We’re looking for Innovative solutions that leverage one or more of the above technologies with applications in the following areas that have been prioritised to address the planet’s most challenging problems and positively impact society and the environment by bridging the gap between discovery and commercialisation for breakthrough inventions and accelerating the start-up pathway.

Clean Energy

  • Renewables and Sustainable Fuels
  • Batteries / Long Duration Energy Storage
  • Heating, Cooling, Cooking, and other applications

Sustainable Materials and Circular Economy

  • Biomaterials, Polymers, and Composites
  • Biodegradable Packaging Applications
  • Material Recovery and Reuse
  • Insect Based Waste Management

Sustainable Food and Nutrition

  • Climate Resilient Crops
  • Pest Management
  • Livestock and Fisheries
  • Alternative Protein and Supplements

Health and Wellness

  • Screening and Diagnostics Devices
  • Sensing, Imaging, and Therapeutics
  • Drug Delivery Systems and Platforms
  • Genomics and Precision Medicine
  • Neurological and Genetic Disorders
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Environmental Surveillance and One Health

Nature and Resources

  • Soil Rejuvenation
  • Water Resources Management
  • Waste Water Treatment / Air Pollution
  • Forests and Land Use
  • Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans
  • Natural Resource Monitoring

Industry and Other Applications

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Decarbonisation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Decentralised Production and MSMEs
  • Advanced Aerial Mobility
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Disaster Management

Program Offerings

Development Track

Access to Social Alpha and partner labs for product development, testing, and iterations
Scientific Advisory Network & Technical Mentoring
Credit for hardware/software/lab consumables of up to INR 15 lakhs
Unrestricted grant of
INR 10 lakhs
Equity Investment of up to INR 100 lakhs with the potential for additional co-investment

Deployment Track

Access to Social Alpha’s deployment network for pilots and validations
Venture Development and Entrepreneurial Mentoring
Credit for business/regulatory support of up to INR 15 lakhs
Unrestricted grant of
INR 10 lakhs
Equity Investment of up to INR 200 lakhs with the potential for additional co-investment

Important Dates

The program will initiate on April 26, 2024, with quarterly intakes. Applications will be accepted until the specified cut-off period as outlined below:
  • Applications Open (First pool)

    April 26th, 2024
  • Applications Close (First pool)

    June 30th, 2024
  • First Pool Begins

    August  2024

Application dates for the second pool will be announced once the first pool concludes.

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