Access to energy promotes economic growth, builds resilience and enhances the quality of life. To meeting the exponentially growing energy needs of the planet and for making energy equitably accessible to all, it is critical to enhance efficiency in the energy lifecycle and invest in clean energy sources. Sustainable energy has the potential to transforms lives, economies and the planet. Therefore, the scope for innovative technologies to not just create impact but also transform and capture the market is more optimal now than ever.
The Social Alpha Energy Challenge is back with its second edition (SAEC 2.0) to identify promising innovations in sustainable energy and incubate them in their journey from the lab to the market.
We are looking for innovators and entrepreneurs with transformative technologies that can bring about deep and irreversible social and environmental impact. Up to top 20 innovations will be selected to be incubated by the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC). CEIIC, which is Social Alpha’s Energy Lab, is the joint initiative of Tata Trusts and the Government of India. Supported by Department of Biotechnology, BIRAC, Tata Power and Tata Power – Delhi Distribution Limited, CEIIC has become the first International Incubator in India under Mission Innovation.
Calling for innovations across sectors and use cases
Innovative energy solutions, with a strong focus on affordability, accessibility and user experience, are invited to participate in the challenge from across the entire energy lifecycle (from generation, distribution, storage to consumption) and around a range of sectors and use cases, ranging from household to industry.
This year there is also a special focus on three Mission Innovation Challenge areas that India is lead/co-lead on, which are:
- Smart Grids
- Off-Grid Access to Energy
- Sustainable Biofuels
UP TO 20 WINNERS TO RECEIVE
Complete lab-to-market incubation support, tailored to their needs, at the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre, which may include:
Who can Apply?
SAEC 2.0 is looking for individuals, institutions and start-ups with energy solutions that are technologically innovative and have the potential to create impact, scale across locations and demonstrate business model sustainability.
We are inviting applications in two categories:
Pre-pilot (for mandatory physical incubation)
This category aims to support innovation which needs support in physical prototype development and testing. This would target the following:
- Technology which is at a very early stage of product development (lab/research), stage, but theoretical proof of concept exists
- Research published in credible journals and / or suitable IPR obtained / applied for
- Research is unproven but simulated, or prototype has been designed but not built
- Early Prototype exists and simulations and early testing is underway
- Research / idea should demonstrate feasibility and a quick timeline for implementation
- For more details please check the FAQ section
Post-pilot (for physical or virtual incubation)
This category is looking to provide support in primarily product commercialization and Go-To-Market Strategy. This targets innovations which are:
- At an advance stage of product development where prototype exists and atleast one pilot has been carried out or proof of concept has been physically demonstrated
- Pre-commercial / fully functional lab prototype with some testing and feedback from users exists
- The product is ready and is already in the market
- For more details please check the FAQ section
Apr 26, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Submission of Applications
Aug 12 – Sept 30, 2019
Evaluation of applications
Oct 1, 2019*
Announcement of top 40
Oct 14 – 17, 2019*
Pitch by top 40
Oct 18, 2019*
Announcement of winners
Frequently Asked Questions
To know more about the Challenge, we request you to go through our frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) section:
Terms and Conditions
Please read the following terms and conditions before submitting your entry:
1. Any individual or group of individuals, whether incorporated or otherwise, regardless of age and nationality, who has an innovative idea that addresses energy issues in India (though not exclusively), is eligible to participate.
2. Participating or proposed ventures should be independent entities, meaning that they should not be a subsidiary of an existing corporation or have legal ties to a government body.
3. Existing non-profits can participate; however, they should propose a new venturing idea or a new plan to transform their existing solutions into a more sustainable solution.
4. Specific eligibility for Pre-pilot category
Any individual or group of individuals, whether incorporated or otherwise, with technology in the following stages of development may apply to the Pre-pilot category:
– There are paper studies to support the technology’s basic properties
– Technology concept / application formulated
– Proof of Concept stage/Active R&D has been initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology
– Basic technological components have been integrated to establish that they work together
5. Specific eligibility Post-pilot category
Any individual or group of individuals, whether incorporated or otherwise, with solutions in the following stages of development may apply to the Post-pilot category:
– Technology has been put together and can be tested in a simulated environment
– Prototype is being tested in simulated operational environment or in a high-fidelity laboratory environment
– Actual system prototype is near completion or ready and has been demonstrated in an operational environment or is at pilot level
– Technology is proven and developed but not yet operational or applied anywhere
– Technology has been applied in its final form and is operational
Submissions and Participation
1. Submissions which are incomplete will be deemed void and disqualified from the competition.
2. Submissions should be the original work of the participant, and should demonstrate positive, sustainable and scalable social impact in India (though not exclusively in the region).
3. Participants who are ranked in the top 40 will be required to send at least one core member of the team for the final round in New Delhi. Financial assistance for such attendance will be provided for one representative per team for participants residing outside of New Delhi.
4. Finalists agree to the use of their names, photographs, disclosure of their country of residence, and co-operate with any other reasonable requests by the organiser relating to any competition publicity.
5. Finalists are required to submit a declaration of good standing and solvency at the final round, in the event that they are prize recipients. If there is any change in circumstance that invalidates their good standing and solvency, the team is to immediately inform the organisers.
6. All contestants own the rights to their ideas. Participants must properly acknowledge any trademarks, patented or copyrighted materials of others that are incorporated into the submission materials. Participants are responsible for obtaining any necessary permission before incorporating such materials into their submissions.
7. Submitted ideas are protected in the spirit of non-disclosure, and all submitted materials will be treated as company confidential. The only people with access to the entry materials will be judges and select members of the organising committee. Materials will not be distributed to any other party unless requested by a participant. No other provisions are made to protect intellectual property.
8. Participants are advised not to disclose critical information which would affect a successful filing of patent(s). All presentations are open to the general public, and some presentations may be videotaped. Attendance by media personnel is expected in the final round(s). Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by participants should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.
1. The winners will receive complete incubation support by the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC), located at Tata Power-Delhi Distribution Limited’s Smart Grid Lab in Delhi. No cash prizes will be awarded.
2. The incubation support will be for a period of 6-18 months (extendable further based on need and performance assessment), and the exact duration of each winner’s incubation period and the kind of support required will be decided on a case-to-case basis, based on the assessment of their needs.
Decisions regarding the winners
1. The selection of the teams to compete and the decision of the winners are at the sole discretion of the judges and the organisers from Social Alpha and partnering organizations. Best efforts will be made to make decisions in accordance with this Official Rules document.
2. Throughout any and all phases of the Challenge, all decisions of the judges are final.
Disqualification and Organiser’s Right to Amend Competition Rules
1. The organisers of the Challenge reserve the right to disqualify any Participant which is found to have violated the spirit of the competition guidelines and terms and conditions stated herein. Disqualified teams shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded to them.
2. The organisers reserve the right to amend these rules at any point before the Closing Date of the competition in line with the overall goal of the competition.
3. The indicated dates for the Challenge may be revised at any point of time by the Organisers. Any change in schedule will be suitably intimated on the Challenge webpage and on other relevant platforms.
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