Spacious world class facilities to support over 100 startups!
Access to state-of-the-art technology to ease the ‘Lab to Market’ journey!

The Atal Incubation Centre – Social Alpha was set up by Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) under the flagship initiative of NITI Aayog named ‘Atal Innovation Mission’ (AIM). FISE promotes socially relevant innovations and entrepreneur with a mission to create large scale sustainable social impact helping them create high quality, commercially viable, accessible, and affordable solutions. ​

AIC Social Alpha was set up to foster innovations in the Climate, Health, and Livelihoods sectors. It has been developed with the vision to create a one-stop collaborative platform to support early-stage enterprises through their entire product life cycle.

The AIC is designed to offer end-to-end incubation support to early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs, who have the potential to bring deep social and environmental impact through their market creating innovations. AIC supports its incubatees by providing extensive support through its ‘Lab-to-Market’ journey.



Energy Access

Availability of clean, affordable, and reliable energy to underserved and unserved communities and households for meeting basic energy needs, and energy to power economic growth and basic development facilities in the vicinity.​​


Energy Efficiency

Providing RE generation efficiency, productive use appliance efficiency innovation, Residential and commercial energy intensive components like HVAC innovation​ at reduced costs.


Renewable Energy

Increasing affordability and adoption of innovation with high GHG emission avoidance potential​ while addressing energy access gaps through decentralized renewable energy innovation​.


Energy Storage

Prioritize innovations leading to advanced material and advance chemistry batteries.


Waste to Value / Waste Management

Focus on new material innovations / bioplastics to replace plastic that fulfil functional performance parameters of conventional plastics and plastic rich sanitary products.



Providing access to toilets, on-site sanitation, containment and transportation, treatment and resource recovery and menstrual hygiene management.



Focusing on accessibility to quality water, wastewater treatment and reuse and smart water solutions.


Electric Vehicles and Components

Focus on transitioning to renewable sustainable mobility and logistics solutions, in vehicle technology, fuel technology, infrastructure, and smart mobility.


Sustainable Construction

Identifying new innovations in the embodied carbon, energy emissions, water pollution, waste, air, and noise pollution space and supporting in mainstreaming the same.


AIC Social Alpha is established to focus on the Cleantech domain including but not limited to the challenges in Energy,
Waste Management, Agriculture and Allied sectors.

Innovations in Waste Management

AIC Social Alpha conducted a challenge, Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management jointly with H&M Foundation, in collaboration of the Saamuhika Shakti. It envisions to create an enabling ecosystem stack for innovators and entrepreneurs developing solutions to accelerate waste management and improve the overall quality of life of the informal sector in India. Over 150 applications were received, and 04 startups were onboarded. The problem statement focused on Network Optimization, Data for Waste Management and Waste to Value.

Innovations in Clean Energy

The challenge invited 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 – Energy for Livelihoods, Smart Energy Systems, Energy Storage and Thermal Comfort. More than 75 applications were received, and 07 startups were onboarded.

Innovations in Clean Air Challenge

Accelerating growth due to industrialization and urbanization has not only improved the economy but has also deteriorated human health, environment, and ecosystem. The India Clean Air Challenge addressed this dual set of challenges. ICAC as a program furthers the cause of National Clean Air Program and aims to seek and support scalable innovations with a sub sectoral lens mitigate the air pollution crisis. The problem statement was multi-fold, focusing on Agriculture and Livestock, Industrial Decarb, Construction Waste and Air Quality Monitoring. 05 startups were onboarded from over 50 applications.

Healthcare Innovation Challenge

This initiative will guide six high-quality startups, having at least a tested prototype, an accelerate their journey through product engineering and development services, clinical validation support, regulatory advisory, and market access opportunities through grant support and catalytic cross-industrial collaborations. The problem statement aimed at finding solutions through Digital Health and Oncology. 180 applications were received, and 05 startups were onboarded.


The Incubation Centre provides all round support to all its incubatees. It onboards start-ups from grand challenges and through lateral entries.

Product Development

Product Development through access to world class lab infrastructure with maker space, and to test beds for pilot and field testing

GTM Strategy Support

GTM Strategy Support by providing hands on operational support for commercial grade product development, access to in-house experts in investment banking, marketing, HR, product development and partner ecosystem

Funding Support

Funding Support through seed support, and follow on funding for scale up

Market Access

Market Access support for scale-up and commercialisation

Design for Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturing by providing assistance with designing and rapid prototyping


Mentorship support through a curated set of most qualified sector experts

Partnership Opportunities

Partnership Opportunities with wide range of stake holders, both domestic and international

Other Programmatic Support

Other Programmatic Support and access to support services through credits

International Visibility

International Visibility and networking opportunities

Meet Our Companies


Dr. G Ganesh Das

Delhi Head Strategy, Tata Power DDL

Ananth Arayamudan

Energy Sector Lead, Villgro Innovation Foundation

Karthik Chandrasekhar

Founder, Sangam Ventures

Padmaja Krishnan

Director, Negen Software

Shrikant Sarda

Managing Director & Client Group Lead, Accenture

Nilesh Kane

Assistant General Manager, Tata Power DDL

Sugata Mukherjee

HoD New Energy Business, Tata Power Microgrid

Suresh Nair

Founder, Design Alpha

Manoj Kumar

Founder, Social Alpha

Gauri Arora

Programme Officer, Centre for Science and Environment

Swati Shah Gupta

Independent Consultant, Excellerate Solutions

Alok Bardiya

Advisor, WS02

Amit Gupta

Founder, Funfirst Global Skillers Pvt Ltd

Narayan Sundarajan

Head of Product , Google Research

Pratik Kumar

President, Prayatna

Ajay Muttreja

Startup Advisor and Mentor Member, National Startup Committee

Harish Hande

Co-Founder, SELCO

Amit Kumar

Senior Director, Social Transformation at The Energy and Resources Institute

Satish Kumar

President and Executive Director, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE)

Hari Natarajan

Independent Consultant

Jason Prapas

CEO & Founder, FYTO Inc

Puneet Chandra

Country Head (India), Welocalise

Jarnail Singh

Deputy Director (India), MacArthur Foundation

Mudit Narain

Director, Policy and Research, FAST

Venkitachalam Anantharaman

Advisor, IIT Gandhinagar