Startup India, in association with Invest India, Venture Development Center, GITAM Deemed University, Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education (NUCEE), and Center for Emerging Markets, launches SmartIDEAthon 2022 Challenge.
The newly launched program is a student pitching competition for innovative ideas that help construct sustainable and resilient communities.
SmartIDEAthon 2022 Challenge involves individualized coaching and concept development for students through boot camps and coaching sessions for shortlisted candidates led by globally qualified venture coaches.
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There are several themes included in the challenge, such as Food & Agriculture, Waste Management, Green Technology, Water Management, and Health Tech & Assistive Technology.
The challenge is divided into three rounds which include an online pitch, Bootcamp, and others. All teams and constituent members that qualify for the Semi-Finals phase will be invited to an advanced online Bootcamp session wherein they will be assigned a personal venture coach. The Semi-Finals and Grand Finale will be held on the GITAM campus in Visakhapatnam.
Eight teams will be selected from the semi-final round to participate in the finals of the challenge.
A significant benefit of this newly announced challenge is that throughout the event, teams will have several opportunities to network with industry experts, entrepreneurs, and other notable visitors. The Semi-Finals and Finals will be judged by a panel of national and international experts.
The winner of the competition will receive prize money of Rs 2,00,000, goodies worth Rs 20,000 and many other benefits. The competition is accessible to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students in any educational institution in India, along with recent graduates.
Interested candidates can start applying for this challenge from the official website of SmartIDEAthon. The last date to submit the application is on 3rd July 2022, and the challenge will begin on 15th July.