Are you building transformative solutions to power accelerated action in clean energy technologies?

CEIBIC CleanTech Challenge

Program Overview

Clean Energy Innovation and Business Incubation Centre presents its first Edition of CleanTech Challenge.

Electricity is the fastest-growing source of final energy demand, and over the next 25 years its growth is set to outpace energy consumption as a whole. The rapid rollout of renewable sources such as wind and solar PV puts electricity at the forefront of clean-energy transitions, providing access to the nearly 800 million currently deprived and helping to cut air pollution and meet climate goals.

We are looking for innovators and entrepreneurs with transformative technologies that have the potential to bring about deep and irreversible social, economic, and environmental impact.

Applications open for CEIBIC CleanTech Challenge

Focus Areas

Innovations across the entire energy lifecycle from generation to consumption for a broad range of sectors and use cases such as

  • Smart appliances
  • Clean Cooking
  • Lighting
  • Roof-top solar
  • Standalone systems
  • Waste heat recovery
  • Low-carbon technologies
  • Cogen
  • Efficiency
  • Carbon capture
  • Electric vehicles
  • Clean Efficient engines
  • EV infrastructure
  • Battery tech
  • Renewables
  • Grids & Micro-grids
  • Battery
  • IoT
  • Cyber security
  • Edge of grid technologies and storage
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Metering
  • Billing
  • Losses
  • Demand-response
  • Low tension automation
  • Reliability and quality
  • Digital services

Who can Apply?

Pre-Pilot Category

For innovation looking for support primarily in product commercialization and Go-To-Market Strategy, which are:

  • Technology which is at a very early stage of development (lab/research), stage, but theoretical proof of concept exists
  • Prototype has been designed but not built
  • Early Prototype exists and early testing is underway/planned
Post-Pilot Category

For innovation which needs support in physical prototype development and testing, and has a quick (less than 12 months) timeline for MVP; including:

  • At an advance stage of product development where prototype exists and at least one pilot has been carried out or proof of concept has been physically demonstrated
  • Pre-commercial/fully functional lab prototype with some testing and feedback from users exists
  • The product is ready and is already in the market and is looking for scale-up

Preference would be given to Start-ups – registered in the state of Kerala or innovators
who are willing to establish their entity in Kerala*

Program Offerings

Winners to receive access to innovation labs for prototyping, techno commercial pilot opportunities, go to market support, pilot implementation grants and opportunity to pitch for pre seed and seed investments

Pilot Implementation Grant of Upto INR 25 lakhs

  • Access to testing and prototyping labs at Energy Management Centre – Trivandrum and Clean Energy International Incubation Centre – Delhi
  • R&D Support from Industry
  • Go To Market Strategies
  • Market Access Support
  • Design for Manufacturing Support
  • Mentorship Network
  • International Collaborations
  • Partnerships
  • Opportunities to pitch for equity investments of up to INR 1 Crore
  • Office space in Energy Management Centre – Trivandrum
  • Shared Services Support
  • Digital Service Credits
  • Incubation Support from Social Alpha

Successful pilots may also look have the opportunity to receive work order from the partner organizations

Important dates

  • Challenge Launch

    22nd June 2022
  • Applications Close

    22nd August 2022
  • Announcement of First Cohort

    10th October 2022
Terms and Conditions

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