In Jharkhand, 80% of the population’s livelihood relies on agriculture, which is becoming increasingly vulnerable due to climate change, erratic rainfall, and water scarcity. This vulnerability is intensified by the fact that the per capita income is 40% lower than the national average, underscoring the critical need for climate resilience and adaptation strategies. Furthermore, limited access to reliable energy and clean fuels exacerbates health issues and economic growth challenges. With India’s commitment to phasing down coal to achieve net-zero emissions, it’s imperative to create alternative economic avenues and diversify Jharkhand’s economy for an equitable energy transition.
Multiple nations and geographies have proven results to demonstrate that innovation is at the heart of successful, sustainable and just energy transitions, essential in mitigating the impact of climate change while improving energy security in hard to abate sectors. Innovators and entrepreneurs have the potential to disruptively enable the state of Jharkhand to move to clean energy, while facilitating alternative forms of employment for vulnerable communities at the margin and ensuring a better quality of life.
This Social Alpha initiative, in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, Sustainable Just Transition Task Force, and Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), aims to position Jharkhand at the forefront of India’s clean energy landscape. It envisages pilot demonstrations in vulnerable districts, offering a blueprint for scaling up and diffusing clean energy innovations throughout the state. Ultimately, it seeks to propel Jharkhand toward meeting subnational net-zero goals with a well-defined action plan, thus charting a path to a more sustainable and resilient future.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
- Innovators and start-ups with solutions that can enable just and equitable transition in the state of Jharkhand through solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation.
- Market Ready – Innovators and start-ups with solutions at TRL 7+
Opportunity to deploy clean energy solutions with select government departments, district administrations and identified corporates in Jharkhand.
Secure critical feedback on the solution from a network of government, corporate and civil society stakeholders.
Grant of up to INR 20 lakhs for pilot testing and market validation.
Funding and investment
Access to seed investment and/or other funding opportunity.
Business advisory workshop:
Workshops with experts, specialists, and sector leaders for developing the product market fit and go-to-market strategy.
Access new markets within the state for deployment and scale up.
Applications open for Krishi Mangal
1st February, 2024
Deadline for applications
18th December 2022
20th December 2022 –
4th January 2023
Virtual jury round
23rd – 25th January 2023
Final cohort selection
3rd February 2023
Field implementation and venture acceleration support
20th February 2024