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What is
ICAC

The India Clean Air Challenge (ICAC) is designed to help scale the innovations most capable of solving India’s air pollution challenges. Challenge Winners will be invited to deploy their technology with a relevant state, municipal or other government body. The ICAC and ACT networks and partners will provide business advisory, mentorship and resource access. Successful innovations will be showcased to investors, corporates, and other government bodies (ie., other states, municipalities, or relevant ministries) to enable wide-scale adoption.

To create a pipeline of technologies able to address the broad scope of pollution sources, Early-Stage Winners will be eligible for incubation or acceleration support. 

What is
ICAC
Our
Mission
Our
Mission

Innovation is necessary to achieve clean air at scale.  The mission of the challenge is to create pathways for wider adoption of clean air technologies, demonstrate the value proposition of clean air technologies for government and industry, and mobilize a supportive global ecosystem to scale clean air innovations that can positively shape the future of India.

Only together, can we make everyone’s right to clean air a reality. 

Who
are we

Everyone has a role to play in making clean air a reality. ICAC is a partnership between the government and the start-up community. We are mobilizing the capital, resources and talent necessary for clean air innovations to scale.

Who
are we

Pollution Monitoring & Management

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Agriculture

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Waste
Management

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Buildings and Construction

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Mobility and
Transport

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Industrial Decarbonization

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Apply for the India Clean Air Challenge​

Deadline for application - Jan 31 2022

Eligible startups will have a technology, process, solution, or model that is technically viable, has been tested and validated minimally through relevant lab certifications and is ready to deploy in an at-scale demonstration with the government. Applicants will be required to call out potential areas of alignment with government mandates and project climate impacts in a verifiable manner.  Winning applicants may be category creators or provide incremental solutions that deliver a minimum of 15% improvement over existing solutions. 

The Challenge will favor solutions that have an ability to have an outsized impact on air quality, be scalable within a geography and transferable to other localities and have a sustainable business model.  If a winning company is not ready to deploy, this could result in disqualification.

Apply for the ICAC Early Stage Challenge

Deadline for application - Jan 31 2022

The requirement will be a technology, process, solution, or model that is ready for incubation or acceleration. Incubation applicants should have an early stage of proof of concept and are seeking to establish market viability through pilot engagements to arrive at a validated working prototype. Applicants will be evaluated for uniqueness of the innovation, background research and technology readiness, likely feasibility of deployment, expected market sizing and climate impact if successful.

Acceleration ready start-ups are those which have deployed their working prototype on ground and demonstrated significant value of their innovation; and are looking at entering multiple settings and building a sustainable business model. Startups must have a minimal viable product that can be tested for preliminary product market fit, development of a go to market strategy and ready for small-scale pilot to establish scalability of solution. 

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