IIGP 2.0 2018 Edition: Program Duration and Timeline

IIGP 2.0 solicits applications via two parallel tracks annually: University Challenge (UC) and Open Innovation Challenge (OIC). This post details the duration and timeline of important events and announcements for each track.

University Challenge

21st March 2018: Nationwide call to individual students/teams across academic institutions to submit their applications online for both social, as well as industrial innovations in 13 topics.

18th May 2018: Last day for submission of applications.

6th June 2018: Expected completion of online evaluation of applications by multiple experts from IIGP 2.0 partners.

7th June 2018: Announcement of up to 30 Top UC teams.

7th – 30th June 2018: Virtual mentoring by IIT Bombay.

30th June 2018: Opportunity for Top 30 teams to pitch innovations to a jury panel at an Innovators Down-select Event at IIT Bombay.

31st July 2018: Awards ceremony; up to 10 selected teams receive research grants worth INR 10 Lacs each.

Apart from grants, top 10 UC teams get an opportunity to participate in a Design Thinking Workshop, and receive mentorship and periodic feedback through monthly/quarterly reviews by assigned mentors from IIT Bombay.

Based on team progress in UC year 1 and at the discretion of IIGP 2.0 partners, up to top 10 teams get an opportunity to attend a bootcamp at IIM Ahmedabad alongside the OIC Top 50 teams of the next year. These teams get an opportunity to pitch and up to 4 teams may be awarded INR 25 Lacs at an Innovators Competition.

Open Innovation Challenge

21st March 2018: Nationwide call to entrepreneurs to submit their applications online for both social, as well as industrial innovations under 10 social and 11 industrial sector topics.

18th May 2018: Last day for submission of applications.

19th June 2018: Expected completion of online evaluation of applications by multiple experts from IIGP 2.0 partners. 

20th June 2018: Announcement of up to 50 Top OIC teams.

16th – 21st July 2018: Top 50 teams from OIC 2018 and up to 10 top teams from UC 2017 attend a weeklong bootcamp at IIM Ahmedabad.

30th – 31st July 2018: Pitching sessions at an Innovators Competition for Top 50 teams from OIC 2018 and up to 10 top teams from UC 2017.

31st July 2018: Awards ceremony; up to 16 teams selected as IIGP 2.0 OIC winners.

10th – 17th September 2018: Global exposure visit for winners and an opportunity to interact with scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors from IIGP 2.0 partner ecosystem in the USA.

November 2018: Technology Expo & Investor-Innovator Meet 1.

March 2019: Technology Expo & Investor-Innovator Meet 2.

Please note that these timelines are subject to change. If you have any questions related to the programme, visit our FAQ section or write to us at innovations@indiainnovates.in

The Difference between University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge

IIGP 2.0 is a grand challenge that focuses on building the social and industrial innovation ecosystem in India by enabling innovators and entrepreneurs to develop technology-based solutions for tomorrow. Applications for IIGP 2.0 are solicited in two parallel tracks annually: University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge.

The University Challenge caters to the ideation and incubation of concepts sourced from individual students or teams across academic institutions in India, and is focused on identifying and supporting both industrial and social innovations. A complete list of topics can be found here. Applications for the University Challenge are down-selected through two phases: Ideation and Innovation.

During the Ideation Phase, up to 30 shortlisted teams get an opportunity to be mentored by IIT-Bombay and are then downselected to up to 10 teams after pitching to a jury. These 10 selected teams receive research grants of up to INR 10 Lacs each for developing prototypes, get to participate in a Design Thinking workshop, and receive mentoring and guidance from IIGP 2.0 partners for a year. These teams are expected to be ready to enter the Innovation Phase.

During the Innovation Phase, the 10 teams participate in a bootcamp at IIM Ahmedabad, and compete in the Innovators Competition, from which up to 4 winning teams receive grants up to INR 25 lakhs each and are expected to work in parallel with the participants of the Open Innovation Challenge.


The Open Innovation Challenge caters to the innovation of concepts (both industrial and social) sourced from the technology community at large and not limited to the academic arena, as opposed to the University Challenge. This could include individual innovators or startups with science and technology based innovations. A complete list of topics across the industrial and social sector can be found here. Unlike the University Challenge, applicants with innovations, which do not fall under the listed topics, can also apply.

Applications for the Open Innovation Challenge are down-selected through an evaluation process focused on thoroughness, forecasted costs and viability, and up to 50 shortlisted finalists attend a bootcamp at IIM Ahmedabad, post that they get to participate in an Innovators Competition where they pitch their innovations to a jury.  Up to 16 winning teams receive seed funding of up to INR 25 Lacs each, and incubation support. In addition, the Open Innovation Challenge offers select startups/innovators a wealth of other benefits such as the opportunity to showcase innovations to investors, mentoring support and global exposure.

Are you ready to turn your ideas into viable businesses that drive lasting societal impact or industrial transformation? Submit your applications for the University Challenge or Open Innovation Challenge on or before May 18th, 2018.

 

Launch of India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0 – 2018 Edition

The 2018 edition of IIGP 2.0 – a programme designed to nurture the Indian innovation ecosystem, was launched on March 21st, 2018 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the presence of the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

IIGP 2.0 is a unique tripartite initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Lockheed Martin and Tata Trusts. The programme is complemented by eminent implementation partners: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and the Tata Center for Technology and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Launch of IIGP 2.0 2018 Edition at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Supporting the Government of India’s missions of “Start-up India” and “Make in India”, IIGP 2.0 aims to enable entrepreneurs to develop technology-based solutions that drive lasting societal impact and industrial transformation, ultimately taking innovative Indian technologies to the global marketplace. A report by Ernst & Young indicates that the cumulative impact on the Indian economy of the India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) is over $900 Million, since its launch in 2007. This year, IIGP 2.0 brings funding of USD 2 Million in social and industrial innovations – offering innovators training in world-class commercialization strategies, incubation and mentorship support, and assists in business development.

IIGP 2.0 is running two annual parallel challenges, each focusing on identifying and supporting both industrial and social innovations. A University Challenge, aimed at students and teams from across academic institutions in India, is complemented by an Open Innovation Challenge, aimed at the technology community at large in India. Applications are currently open at apply.indiainnovates.in with a deadline of May 18th, 2018.

Welcome to India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 Blog

Welcome to India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 Blog

The India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0 is a unique tripartite initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Lockheed Martin and Tata Trusts.

Supporting the Government of India’s missions of “Start-up India” and “Make in India”, IIGP 2.0 enhances the Indian innovation ecosystem by enabling innovators and entrepreneurs through the stages of ideation, innovation and acceleration, to develop technology-based solutions for tomorrow. Learn more about the programme ►