H&M Foundation presents, Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management, powered by Social Alpha

Program Overview

The complexities of waste management and treatment is being exacerbated by rapid urbanization, changing consumer patterns and population growth. India, by virtue of its population size generates the most waste globally. To further move the needle towards a circular economy, innovations are necessary all along the waste management spectrum. Innovative solutions creating an efficient supply chain and maximizing the value of different waste streams can exponentially reduce the burden on the landfills. In India, the informal sector are the true champions of circularity, enabling material recovery through recycling. The timing is opportune, with the on-going technological advancements, the waste management sector is poised to create opportunities for climate change mitigation, economic growth, and livelihood enhancement of everyone involved.

Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management is a joint initiative of Social Alpha and the H&M Foundation, in collaboration with 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.

Through Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management 5 winners will be selected for the Social Alpha Waste Innovations Accelerator, supporting the startups in their lab to market journey.

Calling for applications

We invite innovators and entrepreneurs working on science and technology solutions that have the potential to create impact, scale across geographies and demonstrate business model sustainability to apply. Enterprises working on any of the following challenges in waste management:

Program Offerings

Market Validation

Focus on market validation with Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), public or private institutions.

Knowledge Services

Curated set of knowledge offerings to create a marketing plan and design digital support tools.

Funding Support

Potential opportunity to access Social Alpha’s seed support and pitch to a large and diverse investor and donor network.

Go-to-market Strategy

Dedicated Portfolio Managers to assist with developing go-to-market strategy and overall business advisory.


Mentorship by a set of qualified global and local experts from the waste management sector.

Accelerator Access

Wide ranging technology and business support through Social Alpha’s venture acceleration model.

Important dates

  • Launch Date/ Application
    Start Date

    December 15th, 2020
  • Application Deadline

     January 31st, 2021
  • First round of evaluations

    February 1st –February 15th, 2021
  • Call for Top 20 to develop implementation roadmap

    February 16th
  • Second round of evaluations

    March 1st – March 20th, 2021
  • Announcement of Finalists

    March 25th – 28th   2021
  • Grand Jury

    April 1st week


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