Do you have an innovative solution to reduce food loss and waste across the post-harvest value chain?

Program Overview

68.7 million tonnes accounting for nearly 40% of food produced in India is lost across the post-harvest value chain before it reaches the markets, thus leading to decrease in nutritional security and income losses for farmers. Inappropriate disposal of food waste causes environmental deterioration through increase in GHG emissions, water and air pollution. Existing post-harvest management practices are fragmented, inefficient and inaccessible to small and marginal farmers.

Techtonic – Innovations towards Zero Food Waste (ZFW), a program supported by DBS Bank and powered by Social Alpha aims to support sustainable technologies and solutions along the food value chain to drive positive environmental, livelihood and economic impact.


We invite entrepreneurs working on science and technology solutions that are ready for deployment and have the potential to create positive impact, scale across geographies and demonstrate business model sustainability to apply to the Techtonic.

Upto 5 start-ups will receive grants and a wide range of technology and business support through Social Alpha’s venture acceleration model.


Techtonic – Innovations towards Zero Food Waste invites solutions to solve the following challenges along the agriculture and food value chain:

Who can Apply

The program is targeting innovations at an advanced stage of product development where in:

  1. Prototype exists and at least one pilot has been carried out or proof of concept has been physically demonstrated in real world conditions/on the ground/outside the lab with positive results
  2. Pre-commercial/fully functional lab prototype with some testing and feedback from users exists
  3. The product is ready and is already in the market and can be scaled

Ideal applications would be in TRL 7 to fully commercialized stage; in-revenue start-ups are also encouraged to apply.

Program Offerings

Up to 5 winners will receive

Financial Support

Access to Grants – Each start-up will receive a grant of INR 44L

Fundraising Support

a. Opportunity to pitch for seed capital (equity) up to 1Cr per start-up to Social Alpha
b. Access to Social Alpha’s large and diverse investor and donor network

Market Access Support

Access to Social Alpha’s strong implementation/grassroots partner and program network

Dedicated Portfolio Management

Assist with developing go-to-market strategy and overall business advisory for 1 year

Marketing and Branding

Access to grants and our network of experts

Product support

Assistance with product development, designing, rapid prototyping and design for manufacturing

Knowledge Services

Curated set of capacity building and knowledge sessions by qualified global and local experts

Networking Opportunity

Access to DBS Bank’s wide range of global and local partners


  • Launch of the Challenge Applications open

    29th March 2022
  • Last date to submit applications

    20th May 2022
  • Virtual interviews and Due Diligence rounds

    May 2022
  • Grand Jury
    Announcement of winners

    June 2022
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