1. Do you fight the air pollution through technology, science or broadly understood innovation? Fight for the clean air and win $100,000 at Smogathon 2017
Explanatory video: www.facebook.com/Smogathon/videos/1538557549549393/
Smogathon is an initiative aiming to fight the air pollution through technology. Our idea is to get startups from all over the world to compete for $25,000 in cash and $75,000 as a contract to implement their idea in Krakow, in order to find the best solutions to solve the problem of smog.
Semifinals will be hosted in Berkeley, London, Warsaw, Bangalore, and Hong Kong: www.facebook.com/pg/Smogathon/events/
Two projects will be selected from each semi-final to attend the Final in Krakow (all travel and accommodation costs will be covered for up to 2 people from team).
Applications are open from 15th of June till 15th of August (included): http://smogathon.com/apply
What Smogathon 2017 Global Edition is looking for?
The most desirable projects are in the following areas:
➡ indoor air purifying
➡ outdoor air purifying
➡ household heat & power generation and storage
➡ smog as a resource
➡ new ways of smog mapping and predicting
➡ air pollution prevention
Who can apply?
Teams, startups, and companies who want to fight smog with technology, science or any other kind of innovation. You need to operate under any kind of internationally recognized legal entity.
2. Of all the start-ups, those working to address some social problem are different.
Besides helping them make money, these ‘social start-ups’ reach out to a large audience and solve their problems using technology. A good number of investors love investing in such ventures.
The International Institute of Information Technology (Hyderabad) has started an exclusive incubator program called Tech4Social for the social start-ups. Launched in May in association with Surge Impact Foundation, the incubator will have 10 start-ups for the three-month program. The final selection will be completed this week.
Early stage start-ups
“We are going to a new batch every quarter with not more than 10 start-ups. Tech4Social is specifically designed for early stage start-ups. So, if someone has an idea for social enterprise but isn’t sure on how to go about it, this program gives them the opportunity to validate and execute it,” Ramesh Loganathan, Head of Research, Outreach and Co-innovation at IIIT (H), has said.
Seed fund support
The hand-picked start-ups will receive a grant of Rs. 50,000 each. At the end of the program, potential start-ups can pitch for seed fund support to the IIIT seed fund network for amounts ranging between Rs. 5-25 lakh.
The program will give entrepreneurs an overview of the important aspects of building and running a social enterprise. They will be exposed to various stages of building a company, challenges the leaders face and how technology can be deployed for social good.
3. LeanTrack is launching one of its kind student startup accelerator.
We are inviting entries now from students.
Student Startups, students with ideas or just aspiring student entrepreneurs, all are welcome to apply.
It is in association with Startup Grind, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.
Register Here: www.theleantrack.com/preAccel