Intel & DST - Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0

The Digital India vision of the Government seeks to empower every citizen with the benefits of technology by enabling digital transformation. Intel is committed to fulfilling this vision by not just creating a culture and ecosystem of innovation, but to steer innovation towards solving India’s problems.

In this light Intel & the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India (“DST”), have come together again to foster a new wave of disruptive innovation that empowers citizens and transforms India by announcing the Intel & DST - Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0 (“Challenge”). This Challenge will benefit from the continued support of MyGov and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (“MeitY”) and will be anchored by T- Hub Foundation, among India’s largest incubators.

Challenge Theme

Intel & DST - Innovate for Digital India Challenge 2.0 aims to foster local innovation and encourage the creation of intuitive, easy to use and scalable solutions IoT and / or Datacenter and / or Cloud and / or Connectivity Platform and / or Big Data and/ or Open Data and/ or Analytics. Solutions developed during the course of the Challenge are to be based on Intel® Architecture. The solutions should address problems faced by Indian citizens across one of the following fields: E-Governance, Agriculture Solutions / Agritech, Healthcare Solutions / Healthtech, Education Solutions, Financial Inclusion / Fintech, Manufacturing/Engineering, Services and Logistics, Sustainability including resources as water, energy, and Smart City. Solutions must provide digitally transformative experiences thus helping build a Digital India.

Participation Eligibility

The Challenge is open to participating teams fulfilling the following non-exhaustive criteria:

  1. Startups and Entrepreneurs registered in India with teams in place.
  2. Possess a prototype or conceptual prototype to demonstrate proficiency.
  3. Develop solutions based on the Challenge Themes as mentioned.
  4. Possess a business plan for achieving scale.
  5. Willing to develop their prototypes based on Intel® Architecture.
  6. Additional weightage will be given to teams who have participated and been shortlisted at other Tech Events / Innovation Challenges in the last 24 months.
  7. Refer to the Terms & Conditions for more details.
Challenge Phases

Application Submission: Up to 4-6 weeks

  • The entry submission phase will end in October 2016.
  • Up to 20 teams will be shortlisted based on predefined criteria and invited (two per team) to pitch their solutions to a panel of experts at Hyderabad.
  • Up to top ten teams will be identified at the end of this phase.

Screening Process: Up to 2-3 weeks

  • T- Hub will shortlist and invite up to top 20 teams to Hyderabad for presenting their concepts, conceptual prototypes and business plans to a panel of experts for evaluation.
  • At the end of this Phase, up to top 10 teams will be identified.
  • Each of the selected teams will have access to prototyping grants of up to INR 300,000.

Nano Accelerator Program: Up to 8-10 weeks

  • The Accelerator phase will be managed by T- Hub.
  • The Accelerator phase will aim to develop MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) based on Intel® Architecture and help teams evaluate and pivot their strategy as needed.
  • Shortlisted teams will receive up to INR 300,000 per team as prototyping grant.
  • The Accelerator phase will include a residential boot camp at Hyderabad, virtual team management and mentoring by a panel of experts from across Government, Intel, T- Hub and Industry.
  • The Accelerator phase will culminate with a Demo Day at Hyderabad wherein teams will present their prototypes to a panel of experts.
  • Engineering support and product kits will be provided by Intel and Intel trained engineers.
  • Shortlisted teams will have access to T- Hub Hardware Lab and Intel® Maker Labs in Bengaluru.
  • At the end of this phase, up to top three teams will be identified.


Go to Market Preparation: Up to 5-6 weeks

  • Shortlisted teams will receive development grants of up to INR 500,000 per team along with market access support.
  • T-GlobalAccess (Soft landing and Market access program) - Up to Top 3 teams (2 per team) will be given an opportunity to visit the USA for a duration of approx. two weeks for go-to-market (“GTM”) support from experts in Silicon Valley*.

*Subject to valid travel documents including valid passport and visa / successfully procuring a valid visa. T- Hub will provide a letter for visa purpose as needed. T- Hub will pay for two people per team towards visa processing fee, travel tickets & accommodation (on twin sharing basis) for up to top three teams.

Grand Finale, Top Team Announcement

  • Up to top three teams will be invited to Delhi for a grand finale to showcase their GTM solutions based on Intel® Architecture to a panel of experts.
  • The winning team will be announced at the end of the event and be eligible to receive a final grant of up to INR 2,000,000.


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