Finding Impact Capital | 31 Oct 2020

List of Live Programs, Accelerators and Fellowships

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Programs / Accelerators (New This Week)

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

TATA Social Enterprise Challenge, is a joint initiative by the TATA group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), a National Level challenge to find India’s most promising social enterprises.

Sectors: Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, WASH, Housing, Handicrafts, Energy, MFI / Financial Inclusion, Technology & Development

Funding: Yes, INR 2.5 L in grants | Up to INR 1 Cr. in seed capital

Deadline: 15 November 2020

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Nidhi Prayas - KIIT TBI

National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) is an umbrella programme conceived and developed by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship division, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, for nurturing ideas and innovations (knowledge-based and technology-driven) into successful start ups.

Sectors: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Energy, IoT, Clean Tech, AI / ML..

Funding: Yes, INR 10 L in grants

Deadline: 20 November 2020

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FICCI for Startups

The FICCI for Start-ups initiative, launched by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), aims to provide a voice to start-ups in India.

Sectors: All

Funding: No

Deadline: 31 December 2020 (for 0 cost subscription)

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First Leap - Support program for startups

Grab a chance to pitch your business idea to leading VC firms and investment networks in India.

Sectors: All

Funding: unknown

Deadline: 15 November 2020

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Programs / Accelerators (from previous weeks)


D-Prize supports new entrepreneurs who can distribute proven poverty interventions

Sectors: Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, WASH, Education, Governance

Funding: Yes, $20k in awards

Deadline: 8 November 2020

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Manush Labs Sustainability Accelerator 2020

Social Alpha has partnered with Manush Labs, an MIT - Harvard born accelerator program to support AgriTech start-ups. If you are a start-up with a solution to India's food & agricultural challenges apply to Manush Labs Sustainability Accelerator 2020

Sectors: Agriculture

Funding: Yes, up to INR 1 Cr. for startups; up to INR 100 Cr. for SME’s

Deadline: 10 November 2020

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EDGE 2020

An innovative program that provides intensive mentorship and funding support to entrepreneurs who are creating sustainably growing businesses to impact lives of people with disabilities.

Sectors: Assistive Tech

Funding: Yes, (amount unknown)

Deadline: 15 November 2020

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Edupreneur Village - Funding Cycle 2020

Edupreneur Village is inviting applications for its Annual Funding Cycle 2020 which provides a quintessential opportunity for Edtech Entrepreneurs who want to see their Startup carve its niche and make it the next big thing.

Sectors: Education

Funding: Yes, up to INR 2.5 Cr.

Deadline: 1 November 2020 (1 day to go)

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ADB Healthy Oceans Technology Innovation Challenge

ADB is looking for innovative tech-based solutions that can solve healthy oceans-related challenges. This competition includes two challenges: 1) Prevent plastic waste, and 2) Restore and protect coral reefs

Sectors: Waste Management

Funding: Yes, up to $500k in grant (10% to be matched by the participant)

Deadline: 27 November 2020

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Financial Inclusion Lab (Bharat Inclusion Initiative - CIIE)

The Financial Inclusion Lab aims to improve the financial health of India’s underserved low- and middle-income (LMI) segments by supporting startups in the areas of Fintech, Skilling and Livelihood.

Sectors: Financial Inclusion

Funding: Yes, up to INR 25L

Deadline: unknown

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An Upaya—MIT D-Lab initiative to increase capital flows to women entrepreneurs in India

Sectors: Livelihoods

Funding: Yes, $50k

Deadline: 6 Nov, 2020 (6 days to go)

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Aviral Plastic Waste Innovation Challenge

The Aviral Plastic Waste Innovation Challenge is an innovative businesses competition to support and showcase innovative solutions in the field of plastic waste management. The objective is to solve existing problems in the two cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar through sustainable technology and business innovations.

Sectors: Waste Management

Funding: Yes, up to EUR 50,000

Deadline: 15th November 2020

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