Got a smart solution to transform India? Sign up for IIM Calcutta’s SmartFifty contest to win grants and star in a TV show

Smart is the new sexy!

You can’t dispute the statement even if it does sound like a t-shirt slogan. The rapid progress in IoT technology, the advent of Industry 4.0 and the dizzying increase in connectivity have enabled the creation, deployment and scaling of solutions that can solve India’s unique challenges. If you are a startup or an entrepreneur with a smart solution that needs just the right type of support to take your idea to the next level, here’s a solution that’s just for you.

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, a not-for-profit entity, in association with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has launched a joint initiative to encourage entrepreneurship-driven social development. SmartFifty – 50 solutions to transform India is a televised contest to discover and reward 50 smart ideas across targeted sectors that can help transform India through the creation of wealth and employment opportunities and efficient solutions to social problems.

To be telecast on NDTV, “India’s largest startup contest” seeks to find aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs and innovators, and provide them with seed funding, strategic networking and mentoring support.

Last date to apply is November 25. Apply now.

Smart solutions are especially important for a fast-developing economy like India which needs these to give a larger section of its populace access to sustainable solutions and better quality of life, education and infrastructure – it’s what will help us stay in step with global superpowers.