Techtonic is not a jugglery of words; it’s a serious engagement with trailblazers working on out-of-the-box innovations rooted in deep science and technology that have a profound impact at the societal level. It calls for a tectonic shift in priorities to tackle the fault lines of health, education, agriculture and climate change.
Techtonic is a collaborative scouting platform that will search for mission driven entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovators that are solving some of humanity’s biggest challenges and provide support in their entire lab to market journey through Social Alpha Accelerator program.
India has 157.35 million hectares of land under cultivation yet faces many challenges. 60% of agricultural land is at risk of soil degradation because of poor cropping pattern, $13 Billion was the economic cost for post-harvest loss in 2016 only and 35% of arable land was under irrigation in 2010. Despite myriad of challenges, the agri-food system is undergoing some transformation, but the speed of this change is much slower than what is required for achieving the SDGs, especially those related to land, water, environment, and climate change. Major changes will be witnessed in both growth rate as well as the composition of food demand in the coming years. Considering the unprecedent challenges that agriculture is facing and the opportunities that exist, there is a need for transformative innovations in Agri and allied sector.
Techtonic - Innovations Towards Zero Food Waste
Techtonic Innovations Towards Zero Food Waste is a joint initiative by DBS Bank and Social Alpha. The program aims to support innovative technologies and solutions reducing quantitative and qualitative food loss and waste across food systems and the agri-food value chain.
Techtonic - Innovations in Circular Economy
Techtonic Innovations in Circular Economy: Social Alpha, in collaboration with the H&M Foundation (H&MF) for the Saamuhika Shakti Initiative and the JSW Foundation (JSWF) have committed to supporting startups in waste management scale and build sustainable models. This partnership is designed to address the most intractable challenges that early-stage start-ups in the sector face – lack of capital and inability to scale to new geographies.
Techtonic - Innovations in Sustainable construction
In India, the Construction Sector is responsible for 40% of the total energy consumption, rising at a rate of 8% annually. Waste Generation remains another issue wherein construction accounts for 25% of total waste generated annually. The dust from construction sites contributes 30% to the growing air pollution today.
Techtonic - Innovations in Assistive Technology
Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) 2.0
Techtonic - Innovations in Clean Energy
Social Alpha Energy Challenge is back with its third edition as ‘Techtonic – Innovations in Clean Energy’. While the challenge invites renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean energy access solutions from all stages of the energy lifecycle, and across all use cases, there is a special focus on four themes this year – Energy for Livelihoods, Smart Energy Systems, Energy Storage and Thermal Comfort. We are looking for innovators and entrepreneurs with transformative technologies that have the potential to bring about deep and irreversible social and environmental impact.
Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management
Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management is a nationwide grand challenge to identify and curate locally designed, disruptive innovations addressing problems in waste management and improving the livelihoods of waste pickers. Top 5 winners of Techtonic will join the first cohort of Social Alpha Waste Innovations Accelerator and receive support in their lab-to-market journey. The Accelerator will provide startups support with fully paid pilots, expert guidance, go to market strategy, ecosystem access and an opportunity to pitch for seed capital investment up to Rs 1 Cr.
Social Alpha Agritech Innovations Challenge 2.0
The second edition of the Social Alpha Agritech Innovations Challenge is inviting innovators and entrepreneurs, with innovative technology solutions, with strong focus on affordability, accessibility, efficiency and user experience that positively impact smallholder and marginal farmers. Up to 15 innovations will be selected as the second cohort of the India Agritech Incubation Network (IAIN) powered by Social Alpha.
Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations
The first edition of the Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations is looking for innovators and entrepreneurs with transformative technologies that address a curated set of challenges faced by the smallholder farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Up to 12 innovations will be selected as the first cohort of the India Agritech Incubation Network (IAIN) powered by Social Alpha. The core objective of the Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations is to curate innovative technologies that positively impact smallholder farmers. Winners of the quest will receive incubation support in their lab to last-mile journey.
The BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies, supported by Mphasis, is a search for the top 10 innovative and entrepreneurial teams in the country that have developed market-ready assistive technologies and inclusive solutions.
Thus, it is our mission to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of innovative assistive technology solutions to enable a better quality of life for millions of PwDs in India.
A first-of-its-kind nationwide scouting program for innovators and entrepreneurs who are working to solve complex problems of urbanization through deep-science & tech innovation. The goal of the Quest is to identify innovative enterprises that are looking to deploy their solutions across six high priority areas viz. waste, water and sanitation, environment and pollution, traffic and mobility, sustainable habitat and municipal systems.
The Social Alpha Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) program is a year-long immersive program that equips passionate ‘entrepreneurs-in-the-making’ with end-to-end capacity building and training to leverage India’s deep science, innovation and entrepreneurship environment. It is anchored in grassroots problem solving, immersive development sector experience, technology scouting, business planning and venture building. The program is designed to bring together entrepreneurs and innovators, and foster collaboration amongst some of the top educational, technical and philanthropic institutions in the world.
The Social Alpha Quest for Healthcare aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to solve key healthcare challenges, eliminate disparities and achieve health equity in India. The program primarily focuses on adoption and scaling of innovative products in order to accelerate development, positively impact public health outcomes and achieve global product standards. This will be achieved through funding to conduct clinical validation studies along with intensive mentoring support in business models, regulation, global technologies and market dynamics. The selected startups will be supported by Tata Trusts-PATH Impact Lab and their network of mentors for a period of up to 15 months.
The Social Alpha Energy Challenge aims to discover next-gen technology innovations that promise to unlock new solutions to India’s energy challenges or make existing energy networks smarter, cleaner and more affordable. In this ambitious hunt, the Challenge is inviting entries from innovators across various stages of the energy lifecycle — generation, transmission and distribution, storage, and consumption, in multiple sectors such as households, farm, industry, infrastructure, building, utility and transport.