Covid Response

Program

  • FOCUS AREAS
  • OFFERING
  • PROGRAM EXPECTATION
  • EVALUATION

The Cohort focuses on the specific areas of Health, Edtech, and Cleantech in the context of a Smart City.

  • Health
    Key Focus Areas:
    Infrastructure
    Improving Emergency Response Time
    Improving Patient Care Through Technology
    Preventive Healthcare
    E-Healthcare
    Telemedicine
  • Edtech
    Key Focus Areas:
    Platforms
    Service Aggregation
    Using New-age Tech like AR, VR, Mixed Reality, and AI/ML
    Using Learning Sciences
    Customized Learning
  • Cleantech
    Key Focus Areas:
    Recycling
    Green Energy
    Improving Efficiency and Sustainability of Existing Systems
    Combating Climate Change through Technology and Business Systems
    Waste Management Solutions
    Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Solutions
In view of the pandemic, Covid specific innovations in areas like logistics and supply chain, health, sanitation, and waste management among others are also encouraged to apply.
Deep Industry Connect

Mentors with proven track record and experience in the Smart City domain areas. A good mix of senior industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

Strategic Mentor

A Mentor for a startup. Matchmaking of right mentor to a startup.

Disciplined Followups

Aggressive weekly follow ups to assist with rapid pivoting, focus on gaining early business traction.

Media Visibility

Visibility through various events and media interactions, at least 2 -3 media exposures during the course of the batch.

Design Support

Software and Hardware design related support services incl. UI/UX and architecture level design support.

Investment Support

Investment support incl. Investor ready PowerPoint and business model spreadsheet preparation , hunting and pitching support.

Business Acceleration

Gain momentum and upgrade your venture to the next phase of its business cycle

Legal & Statutory Support

Help with due diligence, statutory clearances, taxation etc.

Access to Government Schemes

Advise on relevant government programs and schemes, Startup India registration

  • A team that is committed to their idea and has the burning desire to not only achieve but exceed their goals.
  • A team that is available to be present and actively participate for the entire 20-week program agenda.
  • Access to potential funding through a fund managed by the accelerator, along with access to external funding.
  • 2% equity may be charged for mentoring and for access to the program’s combined network.
  • The Team

    We look at the founding team - their passion, team dynamics, experience; and what will it be like to work with them. We back entrepreneurs who are driven and won't pack up and leave at the first sign of challenge.

  • The Idea

    We want to understand the rationale behind the idea. Why was this chosen? What problem does it solve and for whom? What makes it unique, viable, and feasible and a winning idea for us to back?

  • The Stage

    The start-up should have moved beyond the idea stage to execution - preferably with at least a rough prototype or an early proof of concept. Start-ups which are in expansion mode are probably beyond the scope of this cohort.

Contact Classes

  • Ashoka University
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • Online

The Fourth Cohort was inaugurated by Mr.Kunal Kumar, IAS, Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission) in the presence of Mr. Rajesh Garodia, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University. The contact class at Ashoka University focused on understanding the Smart Cities Mission, opportunities available for startup enablement and scaleup, and interaction with ecosystem experts ranging from waste management, sanitation, and governance to name a few.

Ashoka University
Ashoka University
Ashoka University
Ashoka University

The second Contact Class focused on the developmental aspects of entrepreneurs, with Cohort members learning about Design Thinking and Value Proposition. It also had sessions on business operation and scaleup aspects including Unit Economics, Financial Modeling, and Pitching and Investment Funding. There were also multiple startup founder interactions to seek lessons from their journey. The Cohort members also had the opportunity to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Startup and Technology Summit.

IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Ahmedabad

The pandemic situation did not hinder the third Contact Class to convene through a virtual mode. Special Covid themed sessions were conducted to understand its impact on business and the means to mitigate risk and move ahead. The Cohort startups were connected to potential investors through customized processes.

Online
Online
Online
Online

Timeline

  • 10 July 2020
    Application Open
  • 15 Sep 2020
    Application Closes
  • 1 Oct 2020
    Jury Day Online
  • 30-31 Oct 2020
    Cohort Begins Online
  • 18-19 Dec 2020
    Contact Class Online
  • 12-13 Mar 2021
    Wrap Up + Demo Day TBD
Note: The dates mentioned are tentative and subject to change.

Mentors

  • Dr Anu Gupta
    Co-founder, Kyt Ventures &
    Angel Investor

  • Divya Tiwari
    CEO, Sahaas

  • Deep Bajaj
    Founder, Sirona Hygiene

  • Piyush Sharma
    C-Suite Advisor

  • Sanjiv Bhatia
    President,
    Stenum Asia

  • Vishal Bansal
    CEO, Healthstart Accelerator

  • Nupur Tandon
    Founding Director,
    Prowaste Concepts Private Limited

  • Abhishek Dwivedi
    Head of Special Projects at Apollo 24|7

  • Deeksha Gahlot
    Managing Counsel,
    LexIngenious

partners

Eco-system partners

Cohort

  • Cohort 2016
  • Cohort 2017
  • Cohort 2018
  • Cohort 2019
  • Cohort 2020
Gudgudee
Exchange4solar
Khetify
Pumpcharge
Kontext
SmarterClinics
ajeevi
Truckerrs
Sukriti Social Foundation
EcoMitram
Smartify Health
Docturnal
UtopiaTech
YSpot
Tech For Impact
Fedo
BasicShit
Bioman
Padcare Labs
Wowlet
SmartClean Technologies
RaddiConnect
Greenworms
MedSamaan
Freshcut Organic Products
Krimanshi Technologies
REVY Environmental Solutions
Loopworm
ECOWRAP
Scraptap
Watsan Envirotech
Incredible Devices
Dial4242
DOCOPD
AiRTH
Arosia
Best Book Buddies
LegitDoc
Greenturn Idea Factory
Kaloory
KleverMind
MayaMD
Mind Piper
Spot EV
Recube
UrCurriculum
Waste Chakra

Covid Response

Faqs

  • About the Program
  • About the Application Process
+ Do you accept startups at the idea stage?
+ What kind of company formation and regulatory support will you provide?
+ Are there any location constraints?
+ What does the Accelerator get in return?
+ Do you accept startups at the idea stage?
+ What kind of company formation and regulatory support will you provide?
+ Are there any location constraints?
+ What does the Accelerator get in return?
+ Why choose AIM Smart City?
+ Do you accept startups at the idea stage?
+ Do you invest in competing companies?
+ What kind of company formation and regulatory support will you provide?
+ What will the interaction between the Accelerator and the start-up be like?
+ Are there any location constraints?
+ How can we get funded after acceleration program ends?
+ Can startups leverage Ashoka University brands in their presentations to potential clients/ investor?
+ What does the Accelerator get in return?
+ Will you sign an NDA? How do I know you won't steal my idea?
+ What if I have more questions I need answered before I apply?
+ What is a Jury Day?
+ When will I hear back about my application?
+ What are the selection criteria for the accelerator?
+ How many rounds of evaluation are there?