June 30 , 2020

The Patna edition of the hackathon was in association with Bihar Entrepreneurs Association (BEA) and saw 11 teams participating. In the fifth position was a start-up Chickenwala, a business selling online hygienic chicken. In the fourth place a start-up which provided traceability of food from farm to plate by the usage of blockchain

technology thereby bringing transparency in the food supply chain. In the third place was Luggage Star, a start-up which provided tracking tokens, travel insurance and safe custody of an individual’s luggage for a day’s travel. In the Second place was placed a start-up Course an ICT platform that conducted courses for skill development and corporate industry agnostic programs increasing the employability quotient of an applicant. Finally Mitti, a start-up in the supply chain management from farm to retail market had developed their platform which eliminated levels of middle men thereby reducing the retail price of produce and providing a better remuneration to the farmers.

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June 30 , 2020

The hackathon was held at National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Silchar with 49 participants. The winners were Team View, a driver friendly mechanism to avoid road mishaps and accidents because of drowsy driving. The runners up were Web Nerds with their idea to keep a digital check on vaccines that a baby gets and Unnamed Creators with their smart farming monitoring system with automated watering and fertilization. Other notable ideas were that of Drop scaling which focused on selling baby carrier bags for working mothers on e-commerce platforms and Einstein Bergs, a software based program to track flights.

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June 30 , 2020

The hackathon was held at Tezpur University and saw over 6 mentors and 33 participants. The winners of the hackathon were Clinical Bots with an automated solution for inborn injuries, accidents and disabilities. The runner ups were Power Step with their solution to convert pressure energy to electrical energy, and SQUARE, a smart farming monitoring system. Other notable ones were Ethnica which promoted NorthEast India’s indigenous culture on e-commerce platforms and which was a centralised marketing recommender system.

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March 1 , 2020

The hackathon at Guwahati University saw 75 participants and 5 mentors. The top 5 included Nyrize and Bachelor, with their innovative solution to automate farming activities like irrigation and fertilization through Android apps. Runner up TechHack came up with a solution for local sports players to showcase their talent on a digital platform

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September 27 , 2019

Mizoram Kailawn 2019 saw 4 entrepreneurs from Mizoram sign up MoU’s with entrepreneurs from other parts of the country to work together. This will pave the way forward for collaborations and synergies and growth of business in Mizoram.

The third year of Mizoram Kailawn was launched on 17 June 2019 by honourable Chief Secretary Pu Lalnunmawia Chuaungo. Thereafter, Outreach and Awareness Programmes were conducted in each district capital by the MzCG team and District Master Trainers chosen under the Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS). Awareness programmes focused on entrepreneurship awareness as well as a call for invitation to apply for the business plan competition. District Outreach and Awareness Programs were coordinated with the support of Offices of the Deputy Commissioner. A total of nine Outreach and Awareness Programs were conducted for Mizoram Kailawn 2019, with approximately 150-200 attendees for each program. Mizoram Kailawn this year saw great enthusiasm with a total of 456 participants registering, an increase from the 330 applicants in 2018, and 287 in 2017. Evaluators from IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and other stakeholders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem shortlisted 40 Finalists to take part in the Boot Camp/Training programme hosted at the Tourist Lodge in Chaltlang, Aizawl. The four day residential Boot Camp was packed with rigorous sessions by IIMCIP Mentors who covered sessions on business presentation pitches, financial projections, idea valuation and other aspects required of a viable business.Given that evaluators conduct a blind evaluation of the applications, it is truly remarkable that there was representation from all districts among the Top 40 Finalists. The fourday residential Boot Camp was packed with rigorous sessions by IIMCIP Mentors who covered sessions on business presentation pitches, financial projections, idea valuation and other aspects required of a viable business. Women founders/entrepreneurs represented 32.5% (13 women) of the Finalists selected to participate in the Boot Camp/Training.

True to the inclusive nature of Mizoram Kailawn, the Top 40 Finalist business plans covered a range of sectors, whether at idea stage or start-up phase. Business plans spanned all sectors including Agriculture and Allied, Manufacturing, Service Industry, Food and Beverage, Handicrafts, Food Processing, and Information Technology amongst others. The finalists selected spanned in age as well, where the youngest was 20 years old and the most senior finalist was 65 years old. The Top 20 Finalists were then shortlisted at the close of the Boot Camp, and delivered their final presentations on 16 September 2019.

Mizoram Kailawn 2019 concluded with the Entrepreneurship Summit on 17 September 2019 at Vanapa Hall, Aizawl. The Summit included a Start Up Conclave, highlighting start-ups from Mizoram as and those incubated at IIMCIP, a Master Class by Srikant Sastri, talks and panel discussions on entrepreneurship development in Mizoram, and announcement of MoUs between start-ups in Mizoram and those incubated by IIMCIP. The grand finale of the Summit was the announcement and felicitation of the Mizoram Kailawn 2019 Business Plan Contest Winners.

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Launch of Meghalaya Chief Minister’s E-champion Challenge

August 22 , 2019

The Government of Meghalaya is very keen on creating a growing number of sustainable business enterprises to foster socio-economic development and employment generation in the state. The aim is to develop an “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” in the State. Therefore, the Chief Minister’s E Champion Challenge was launched on 14th August 2019 by Mr Conrad K Sangma. It is being implemented through the Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship (MIE) in the state. The initiative is being supported by IIM Calcutta innovation Park (IIMCIP) and will support the Government of Meghalaya and MIE in planning, implementing and monitoring the Chief Minister’s E Champion Challenge to deliver its desired results.

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Mizoram Kailawn

June 21 , 2019

IIMCIP has partnered with the Mizoram government to launch the third edition of the biggest B-plan contest in the state. It was inaugurated by the chief secretary of Mizoram Lalnunmawia Chuaungo in Aizawl on 17th June 2019 and the event was attended by over 200 budding entrepreneurs. IIMCIP through this initiative aims to nurture the start-up ecosystem and promote entrepreneurship in the state by mentoring the young minds and connecting them with their desired markets as well as venture capitalists.

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Pitch Hatch 1.0

May 21 , 2019

The mega pitching event, where 113 shortlisted startups from the incubation contest pitched before the jury on 11 May at The Nest in Assam. A bootcamp was held at The Nest on 10 May 2019 on “What Investors Want”. Speakers included Sushanto Mitra, Founder & CEO, Lead Angels; Chandradeep Mitra, Advisor & Mentor, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Vikram Duggal, Investor & Mentor, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park; Sanjay Enishetty, Managing Director & CEO, 50K Ventures. The Pitch Hatch received over 1000 applications

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Thinking Social Seminar

May 14 , 2019

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park organised a one-day “Thinking Social” seminar at Goa in association with Goa State Innovation Council on 25th January, 2019. The primary objective of this exercise was to build awareness, interest and desire to engage with the Social Enterprise Ecosystem amongst the aspiring entrepreneurs and start ups who were about to embark on their entrepreneurship journey soon. This seminar series introduced the budding entrepreneurs to the concept of social entrepreneurship in the rapidly evolving global economy.

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NIDHI-EIR Program Launched

May 7 , 2019

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park launched the NIDHI Entrepreneur-In-Residence program on 2nd May 2019 by inducting the 1st batch of the fellows. The NIDHI-EIR Program would provide subsistence grant to an aspiring or budding entrepreneur of considerable potential for pursuing a promising technology business idea.

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Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2018-19

January 15 , 2019

The Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2018-19 received over 900 applications from across India in sectors such as agriculture; healthcare; water and sanitation; technology and development; education and skills development; housing; handicrafts; energy; and microfinance, among others. Out of 900 applications, the top 60 teams were shortlisted. This was followed by Regional Rounds at Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai in December last year from which the top 20 teams were selected. Besides these 20 teams, two entrepreneurs from Germany joined the Semi-finals. The Semi-final and the Grand Finale were scheduled on 11th and 12th January, 2019 respectively at IIM Calcutta. In the Grand Finale the top three startups in the social enterprises space were identified. Eminent personalities also attended the event to motivate the youth towards social entrepreneurship.

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December 27 , 2018

Mizoram Kailawn 2018 was launched on 3 April 2018 by Pu Lalsawta, Honourable Minister of Planning & Programme Implementation. Thereafter, outreach programs were conducted in each district by the MzCG team with the support of Master Trainers chosen under the Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS).

A total of 330 participants registered for Mizoram Kailawn 2018, an increase in number from the 287 applicants in 2017. Evaluators from IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and other key entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders shortlisted 40 Finalists to take part in the Boot Camp/Training program hosted at the State Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (SIRD&PR).

Mizoram Kailawn 2018 concluded with the Entrepreneurship Summit on Wednesday 20 June at Pachhunga University College Multipurpose Hall. The E-Summit included a Start Up Conclave, highlighting start-ups incubated at IIMCIP and start-ups from Mizoram, panel discussions, and announcement and felicitation of the Business Plan Contest Winners. Honourable Chief Minister Pu Lal Thanhawla presided over the occasion as Chief Guest and presented the awards to the business plan winners.

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Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2018- Regional Rounds

December 13 , 2018

The Regional Rounds of the 7th edition of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2018 to find India’s most promising early-stage social innovators was held in the four cities of Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai between 1-11 December, 2018. The events witnessed the participation of around 60 start-ups.

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Health Trail- The Healthcare Accelerator Program

October 26 , 2018

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park has launched Health Trail, an accelerator to foster start-ups endeavouring to offer innovative solutions to some of the largest health problems in our country, especially in the rural sector.

Accelerator Highlights –

3 Months
15 Member Cohort
7 Dedicated Mentor
5 Top Start ups
Up to 50 Lakhs seed funding for selected startups

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Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2018

August 17 , 2018

Tata Group in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM Calcutta), announced the 7th edition of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2018 to find India’s most promising early-stage social innovators. Entrepreneurs can submit their business plans online, by logging onto The last day to submit the Impact Proposal (business plan) online is 3rd October, 2018.

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Smart Fifty Boot Camp

March 25 , 2018

India has emerged as a powerful developing economy over the last 70 years. However, it continues to face some of the trickiest development challenges that require the combined might of youth, entrepreneurship and innovators to develop sustainable solutions. To bridge the gap and take India to the next level, the need of the hour is to come up with innovative solutions to the various socio-economic challenges thereby impacting lives of people at large. Government of India is actively encouraging Entrepreneurship development and is working closely with key stakeholders in the eco-system to develop multipronged strategies to energise youth to take entrepreneurship as their preferred choice through innovative programmes like Start-up India and Stand up India. Smartfifty ( is one of the biggest StartUp Hunt in India. It is an initiative aligned with the country’s focused approach to promote entrepreneurship leading to social development.

In September 2017, IIMCIP in association with the DST, GoI launched a grand startup challenge called – Smart Fifty – to identify fifty smart ideas/solutions for India in the areas of Sustainability, Health Care, Agriculture, Smart Cities, Fintech, Analytics and Education. Smart Fifty is a major initiative to identify, recognize and reward aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators aiming to create large scale positive change in India. The Hunt is aimed at strengthening the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Startup India mission.

We received an overwhelming response from across the country with over 15,000+ teams participating in the challenge. After several rounds of screening top 400 team got shortlisted across 4 regions in the country and undergone through another round of screening. The top 3000 teams got the opportunity to participate in the Regional Rounds day 1 held in Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. In the regional round –Day 2, top 400 teams pitched their idea to a panel of Jury members and subsequently top 50 teams were shorlisted. 10 teams from International rounds joined this 40 in the semi-final.

In the second phase of Smart Fifty was the StartUp Boot Camp, a four day program held at IIM Calcutta Campus from 19th – 22nd March , 2018. Top 50 teams were mentored at IIM Calcutta for a week and a Jury identified 10 investible ideas. Mentors conducted intensive sessions with the top 50 teams to help refine their business plans as well as sharpen their presentation skills. Post the semi-finals at IIMC 10 teams got selected for the grand finale which took place at the NDTV studio in Delhi on 25 March 2018.Top 50 teams got assured funding of Rs. 0.4 million each.

During the Boot Camp the partcipants were trained to present 2 minutes pitch for their semifinals. Some eminent speakers during the BootCamp were Chandrasekhar Ghosh( CEO- Bandhan Bank), Dr.Sameer Gupta ( Healthcare),
Dr. N Venkatesh Prajna (Aravind Eyecare), Prof. Leena Chatterjee (IIMC ), Rohit Jain(Singhania Partners), Satya Narayanan(Career Launcher), Prof. Ashok Banerjee (IIMC) and many more.

Key Benifits of the Boot Camp :
Discover how to evaluate business ideas, diagnose and solve business problems, and determine strategic growth opportunities.
Gain a deeper understanding of market forces and competition, and how to think beyond market constraints.
Develop the ability to scale up further, faster, and more effectively.
Understand how to facilitate partnerships with key stakeholders.
Acquire the leadership skills necessary for managing innovative organizations.

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The Elbow Engineers emerges winner of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2017-18

January 9 , 2018

The winners of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2017-18 (TSEC), a joint initiative of the Tata group and Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), were announced during the grand finale held on January 6, 2018, at the IIM Calcutta campus. The challenge endeavours to find India’s most promising early-stage social enterprises, and create an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship – encouraging sustainable, scalable and measurable social impact.

The Elbow Engineers from Chennai (Winner), Chakr Innovation from New Delhi (1st Runners-up) and JK Nanosolutions from Bangaluru (2nd Runners-up) emerged as the top three most promising social ventures, winning prize money of Rs. 2.5 lakhs, Rs. 2 lakhs and Rs. 1.50 lakhs, respectively.


• Mentorship: The top 20 teams were selected for semi-finals and provided mentorship support for two weeks.
• Funding Opportunity: All teams shortlisted for the semi-finals and finals get an opportunity to pitch to India’s largest social VCs for seed funding.
• Incubation: The top 20 teams will get an opportunity to pitch for incubation at IIM Calcutta.
• Cash Award: Total prize money of ₹6 lakh for the top three teams. The semi-finalists received travel grants.

The Elbow Engineers, the winner of the challenge, is a Chennai-based startup that has developed a device to provide a comprehensive water generation solution. The device generates water by condensing water vapour from the atmosphere, it purifies the generated water through an Ultra Violet Light sterilizer providing clean drinking water at less than 84 paise per litre, and in the process cleans the air that we breathe of harmful substances.

Chakr Innovation, which was announced as the first runners-up, is a New Delhi-based startup that has developed Chakr Shield, a device that can capture 90% of particulate matter emission from diesel generators. The device controls pollution without causing any adverse impact on the engine’s performance or the environment, and at the same time converts the collected particulate matter into raw material for inks and paints.

JK Nanosolutions, the second runners-up, is a Bengaluru-based startup. It has developed a cost effective rapid solution for complete treatment of waste water and textile effluent using nanotechnology. By this method, 98 percent of treated water can be reused.

Apart from the top 3 winning ventures, the 7 ventures that have made it to the top 10 finalists are, Bombay Bijlee, Villamart, Cerelia Nutritech, Manuring It!, Nanobios lab, IIT Bombay, Resnova Technologies and Sonant Technologies. The ventures were judged on three parameters – Business Model, Social Impact and Sustainability (For more details on the ventures, please refer to Annexure 1).

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Ashok Banerjee, Director, IIM Calcutta Innovation Park said, “Over the last six years, Tata Social Enterprise Challenge has encouraged many budding entrepreneurs to grow with a vision and create positive sustainable social impact. We are pleased with the quality of talent and the enthusiasm of entrepreneurs who have dreams to make a difference to the society to which they belong.”

Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Managing Director, Tata Metaliks, felicitated the winners and said, “Listening to and meeting the finalists of Tata Social Enterprise Challenge was an enriching and inspiring experience.”

The Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2017-18 received over 500 proposals from across India, of which 205 met the eligibility criteria and qualified for the next round of the competition. These proposals covered several different areas such as agriculture; food and dairy; healthcare; water and sanitation; technology and development; education and skills development; housing; handicrafts; energy; and micro finance, among others.

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TSEC – Grand Finale on 06th January 2018

December 12 , 2017

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2017-18, a joint initiative of the Tata group and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), celebrated India’s most promising early-stage social enterprises, which intends to bring long-term solutions to India’s social needs.
The grand finale of the program will be held on January 6th, 2018, at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C).The event shall be attended by individuals from various sectors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem comprising social entrepreneurs, students, corporate, impact investors, and members of the academic sector from all over the country.
TSEC 2017 edition had received over 400 registrations from across India, out of which 205 met all the eligibility criteria and moved to the next round of the competition. The impact sectors being agriculture, food and dairy; healthcare, water and sanitation; technology and development; education & skills development; housing; handicrafts; and energy and micro-finance/financial inclusion, amongst a few. The ventures were judged on three parameters them being :
Business Model,
Social Impact and

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IIMCIP in association with Govt of Mizoram launches Business Plan Contest

August 2 , 2017

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park in association with MEDMOC, the Government of Mizoram announced the launch of MIZORAM KAILAWN on the 18th July’2017, to promote and develop entrepreneurship in Mizoram starting with the first business plan contest in Mizoram.

The business plan contest has been conceived to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the people of Mizoram which will eventually lead to growth and prosperity in Mizoram.

To know more about the contest and to apply click here

Last Date to Apply: 31st August’2017

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Ideas to Implementation 2016-2017

February 10 , 2017

Ideas to Implementation, popularly known as I2i is an International Business Plan competition which endeavours to provide an ideal platform for budding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams by making them connect to ideas, fund and people who matter.
Prospective winners get the golden opportunity to win cash prizes worth 4.5 lakhs and Incubation support at IIM Calcutta Innovation Park.

I2i this year received huge response with 400+ entries.

23 teams were shortlisted for the semi-finals which was conducted at IIM Calcutta on 4th February 2017. This was followed by the finals on the 5th of February 2017. After an intense level of competition before a panel of highly distinguished and renowned jury, Drone Tech Lab (winners), Abhiruchi Probiotics (1st Runner Up) and Project Mudra (2nd runner up) emerged as the winning ventures, receiving prize money of Rs 2 lakhs, Rs 1.5 lakhs and Rs 1 lakh, respectively.

Drones Tech Lab is the research and development wing of EduRade – an IIM Calcutta Innovation Park incubated organisation, which is primarily engaged in manufacturing and supplying drones to farmers (with automated agriculture systems to monitor and develop their crops yields), Defense Organizations (Surveillance & Combat Drones) and also providing automated drones to health industry.

Abhiruchi Probiotics is a health and wellness company involved in developing patent protected probiotic products aimed to provide health benefits with an initial focus on providing a formulation for better management of cholesterol.

Project Mudra is involved in developing hardware and software technology for Braille based education. They also engage in delivering innovative solutions for non visual tactile data delivery to meet the growing accessibility needs of smart urban spaces. Their flagship product helps in early schooling of visually impaired students via gamified audio lessons over Braille based hardware.

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