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IIIT-Hyderabad and MeitY launch smart city startup challenge  

The finalist will pitch to 10 leading smart city tech MNCs and the winner will receive an equity-free grant of Rs 10 lakh. 

By: PTI | New Delhi |
May 5, 2021 4:37:55 pm
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The Smart City Living Labs at IIIT Hyderabad in association with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MietY) and the smart city mission have launched a smart city startup challenge.

The programme is envisioned to support and scale startups that are building sustainable, inclusive and innovative solutions for smart cities. The last date to apply for the challenge is June 1, 2021. For more details about application process, visit  

The month-long programme gives selected startups an opportunity to pitch to smart city technology MNCs, smart city officials and the winner will get an equity-free grant of Rs 10 lakh for further development.

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Ramesh Loganathan, professor co-innovation, who is heading the Research/Innovation outreach at IIIT Hyderabad, said, “The Smart City Living Lab is an attempt to discover cutting edge innovations with smart city use cases and enrich them with our knowledge from research. This startup challenge will help discover innovations to enable smart cities. The winning teams will get capital, network and knowledge support.”

The focus areas for the challenge are water, waste, safety and security, health and energy. Any startups with solutions or products with smart city use cases can apply, especially tech startups working with products with smart city use cases, market-ready products with or without customers (revenue is desirable), expertise in commercially deploying the solution.

Living Labs is also currently running the water challenge in association with the Government of Telangana and NIUM to find viable solutions to the problems faced regarding water quality, supply and non-revenue water by cities in Telangana.

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