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innovateindia.mygov.in AMRUT 2.0 India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge 2023

Organisation : Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0 (AMRUT 2.0)
Contest Name : India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge 2023
Start Date : 21st November 2023
Last Date : 20th November 2024
Website : https://innovateindia.mygov.in/ipps-startup/

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What is AMRUT 2.0 Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge?

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt. of India, has initiated a one-of-a-kind startup challenge to invite applications/ proposals from interested/ eligible start-ups to provide innovative technology, business solutions to address challenges in the urban water sector in India. The challenge aims to encourage start-ups to “Pitch, Pilot-and scale” solutions to address challenges in the urban water sector. Promotion of `Make in India` initiative by promoting Indian origin startups and technological solutions. Last Date of Contest is 20th November 2024.

Related / Similar Contest : VI TNNLU National Med- Arb Competition 2024

Thematic Areas of Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge

The start-ups providing innovative technological/ business solution in the following areas, are eligible to participate:
** Fresh water systems :
** Real-time spatio-temporal mapping of groundwater quality / surface water quality
** Real-time spatio-temporal monitoring of water levels/volumes in aquifers and surface water bodies
** Nature-based treatment systems for ground and surface waters with least water and carbon footprints
** Innovative Rainwater harvesting systems
** Atmospheric water recovery systems

Hydro informatics – use of water + data for :
** Better water management in preventing floods and droughts
** Creating a positive impact on the health and economic prosperity of peri-urban communities or urban slums
** Estimating virtual water in the production of goods and services and thereby enabling a fair price for water

Used water management :
** Better sewage and septage management including – On-site sanitation solution for slums
** Technologies to maximise recycling of used water in industries
** Innovative business models for trading in used water
** Recovery of value from used water and creating a circular economy
** Treatment technologies, especially for hilly regions

Urban Water Management :
** Decentralised circular economy solutions for communities connecting groundwater recharge, greywater management, sewage recycling and solid-waste management with real-time quality and quantity information
** Decentralised water supply solutions to slums
** Restoration and preservation of rivers, lakes, ponds, shallow aquifers
** Urban flooding and storm water management
** Mapping and Management of urban aquifer systems
** Salinity ingress in urban settlements in coastal regions
** Monitoring of water service delivery standards (quality, quantity & accessibility)
** Water metering
** Desalination with Control discharge / Reject water
** Efficient flow Polymer/ Metal plumbing fixtures including taps without aerators
** High recovery/efficiency RO systems
** Retrofitting devices for conservation of water or wastage reduction
** Innovative water supply solution for hilly areas

Agricultural Water Management :
** Reduction of water usage per ton of crop along with reduced use of energy, fertilisers and pesticides
** AI-ML based systems that help farmer reduce their dependence on monsoons

Urban Sewerage Management :
** Better sewerage and septage management including – On-site sanitation solution for slums
** Odourless, Waterless urinals

Water governance :
** Reduction of non-revenue water
** Secure systems for 24X7 supply of potable water on tap
** Fostering education and awareness on water
** Targeting net zero water and net zero waste projects
** Showcasing water and energy nexus
** Sustainable solution for water packaging

Innovation in conventional taps and plumbing systems :
** Smart taps indicating water usage, wastage, recording efficiency, IOT enabled and connected to a central database for monitoring and improvement of performance

Eligibility of India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge

** All entities recognised as start-ups by Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
** Start-up must be providing solutions in the aforementioned thematic areas.

How to Participate in the Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Challenge?

** India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge will be available for application at innovateindia.mygov.in
** The participants can register for the challenge using any valid email-id. Once registration request is made by the applicant, an email will be sent to the registered email -id acknowledging their registration and providing details of the participation process.
** 3. The registered applicant can upload proposal by choosing `Participate` button.

Evaluation Process of  Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up

A two-step screening process will be adopted to evaluate and shortlist the submitted proposals. Screening Committee will do initial shortlisting and shortlisted proposals will be scrutinized by ‘Expert Committee’ for final selection. The following broad parameters shall be considered by committees for evaluation of the proposals:
** Innovation
** Usability
** Relevance to the subject matter
** Impact on society i.e., how helpful will it be in solving critical water related challenges in cities
** Replicability
** Scalability
** Ease of deployment/roll-out
** Potential risks involved in implementation of the solution
** Completeness of the proposal

Important Dates of Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge

Start Date 21st November 2023
End Date 20th November 2024

Funding & Other Support of Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up

** Selected start-ups in the India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge will be given a grant amounting to a maximum of Rs. 20 lakh, in three tranches of Rs. 5 lakh, Rs. 7 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh respectively on fulfilling certain conditions/ milestones of work as per their project proposal.

** Selected start-ups will be facilitated mentorship support.
** MoHUA will facilitate scaling up of solutions in partnership with industries & urban local bodies.
** Start-ups, who achieved desired outcomes, will be promoted for wider visibility.
** Citation from the Ministry.

Terms & Conditions of India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge

** All participants must meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the Challenge
** The funding awarded shall be consumed for development/ augmentation of the solution & piloting with a city of choice. The participant will be required to provide Fund Utilisation Certificate at each stage of milestone completion.
** Winners will retain the solution/product developed as part of the challenge. The winner/s will however have to conform to the terms and conditions defined for the challenge during the competition and post winning the award.
** Anyone found to be non-compliant may get their participation cancelled.
** For any dispute redressal, MoHUA’s decision will be final on the matter.

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