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.
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.
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.
This challenge is seeking Real-Time Monitoring and Pollution Management solutions including Direct Air Capture (DAC), Nature Based Solutions (NBS) and other innovations that directly measure or remove pollutants from the air. Apply if you address any of the following:
The Challenge seeks viable solutions to reduce agriculture-related pollution, including those from crop residue management, fertiliser and pesticide application, and livestock. Solutions must align with farm realities and beneficial economics for farmers. Apply if you address any of the following:
The challenge seeks innovations that will reduce emissions from waste burning, landfill dumping, decomposition as well as interventions that meaningfully divert waste to better end-uses at scale. Apply if you address any of the following:
The Challenge seeks product and process innovations that can reduce pollution and dust associated with construction, demolition, roads and management of buildings. Solutions need to clearly deliver air quality benefits, (a pathway to) economic viability for customers and users, and quality standards meeting or exceeding existing products or practices. Apply if you address any of the following:
The challenge seeks innovations that will dramatically accelerate the adoption of clean transport and/or reduce transport related emissions. Apply if you address any of the following:
This challenge seeks to reduce the emissions from industries across thermal power plants, brick kilns and traditional factories. Apply if you address any of the following:
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.
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.