India’s rural agricultural landscape is home to legacy Agri institutions, a large civil society and a farm-supportive government. Moreover, the historical policy push to adopt scientific and technological innovations from the world is now being complimented by a new generation of Agri innovators and entrepreneurs who are building indigenous innovations suited for Indian farms. However, despite these trends and chronology, millions of small farmers living on more than 125 million small and marginal land holdings in India, continue to face extreme financial, technological and climate-induced challenges.
The India Agritech Incubation Network (IAIN) is a collaborative effort between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Social Alpha. It aims to establish a conducive ecosystem for innovators and entrepreneurs in agriculture. The network has fostered cooperation among private and public sector stakeholders, created specialised technical infrastructure, provided market access, influenced public policy and facilitated market access for early-stage innovative solutions. The diversity of innovations spans pre-cultivation technologies for soil & crop health, inclusive farm equipment for drudgery-cost-risk reduction, post-harvest technologies for loss elimination, and allied sector innovations for building income resilience. IAIN was conceived and designed to bring science and technology innovations to small and marginal farmers and help improve their productivity, income and quality of life.
Calling for Applications
Who Should Apply
Innovators & Start-ups with solutions that are technologically innovative and have the potential to create an impact in the lives of smallholder farmers of Uttar Pradesh & Odisha and demonstrate business model sustainability.
- Development Stage– Technology is being integrated, tested, validated in controlled and field settings [ TRL 4-6]
- Pilot Stage– Technology has demonstrated technical performance, and is ready for testing early product-market fit, use cases and ROI demonstration [TRL 7-8]
- Scale Up Stage– Technology has demonstrated early market evidence, use cases and ROI, and can scale based on market evidence [TRL 9]
Launch of Techtonic: Innovations in Agritech
September 18th, 2023
Deadline for applications
October 18th, 2023
October 20th – 25th, 2023
Virtual interviews & presentation
October 26th – 31st, 2023
Jury round & grand finale
November 10th, 2023
Announcement of winners
November 15th, 2023
Incubation support and pilot initiation
November 30th, 2023
Program Impact (2019-2021)
Frequently Asked Questions
Terms and Conditions
Please read the following terms and conditions before submitting your entry:
- 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.
- Existing non-profits can participate; however, they should propose a venturing idea or a plan to transform their existing solutions into a more sustainable solution.
- As the program is looking for start-ups to work on establishing marketing channels for existing products, and not research, only those with developed ideas and/or prototypes should apply.
- The applicant should be a registered company /willing to be registered in India. The shareholding by Indian promoters in the company should be at least 51%.
Submissions and Participation
- Submissions which are incomplete will be deemed void and disqualified from the program evaluations.
- Submissions should be the original work of the participant/participating entity and should demonstrate positive social or environmental impact, have a disruptive technology innovation with potential to be sustainable and scalable in India (though not exclusively in the region).
- Participants who are determined to be ‘Finalists’, ranked in the final evaluation stage might be required to send at least one core member for the final round of evaluations.
- Winners agree to the use of their names, photographs, disclosure of their country of residence; and are required to cooperate with any other reasonable requests by the organiser relating to any publicity-related activities.
- Winners are required to submit a declaration of good standing and solvency at the final stage of evaluation. If there is any change in circumstance that invalidates their good standing and solvency, the team is to immediately inform the organisers.
- All participants 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 utilizing such materials into their submissions.
- 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 evaluators/judges, partners 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.
- 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 stages of the program. 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.
Decisions regarding the winners
- The selection of the ‘Winners’ is at the sole discretion of the judges and the organisers from Social Alpha and partnering organisations. Best efforts will be made to make decisions in accordance with this document.
- Throughout all phases of the Techtonic, all decisions of the judges are final.
Disqualification and Organiser’s Right to Amend Competition Rules
- The organisers of the program reserve the right to disqualify any participant who is found to have violated the spirit of the application guidelines and terms and conditions stated herein. Disqualified participants shall forfeit all prizes awarded to them.
- The organisers reserve the right to amend these rules at any point before the Closing Date of the applications in line with the overall goal of the Quest.
- The indicated dates for the applications may be revised at any point of time by the organisers. Any change in schedule will be suitably intimated on the applications webpage and on other relevant platforms.