Carbon Zero Challenge is an All India Eco-Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest.

It aims to accelerate lab-to-market transition of eco-innovations in India by funding the development of proof-of-concept prototype and providing mentorship and training to develop the commercialization plan.

Themes and Topics

 
The program will focus on the following UN Sustainable Development Goals that are relevant to global goals of water and waste management, air pollution control technologies, resource conservation, environmental protection, and circular economy.

Who can Apply

Teams comprising of 3 persons, a Team Mentor, a Team Lead and a Team Member can apply.

The team, led by the Team Mentor[ A faculty member or scientist affiliated with an Indian Education Institute or a Research Lab. Read T&C for details.], must be interested in taking lab scale proof-of-principle prototype to proof-of-concept prototype that can elicit interest from potential commercialization partners/customers and building the commercialization plan for the technology.

Teams that have received prototype funding of any amount from CZC 2018 & CZC 2019 will not be considered for CZC 2020..

Timeline of Contest

Stepwise Instructions for Team Lead4

  1. Go to czeroc.com/apply
  2. Click on ‘Apply as Team Lead’
  3. Fill the given form. This is the Step-1 of your CZC 2020 application process.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email once you submit the form.
  5. The Team Mentor nominated by you, will receive an email with a link to the next part of the application form. This is Step-2 of your application process.
  6. Your application process for CZC 2020 will be complete once you and your team lead submit Part 1 &2 of the application process.
  7. CZC team will inform you via email if your team has been selected for CZC 2020 cohort (as per the given timeline).
Stepwise Instructions for Team Mentors5

  1. Go to czeroc.com/apply
  2. Click on ‘Apply as Team Mentor’
  3. Fill the given form. This is the Step-1 of your CZC 2020 application process.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email once you submit the form.
  5. The Team Lead nominated by you, will receive an email with a link to the next part of the application form. This is Step-2 of your application process.
  6. Your application process for CZC 2020 will be complete once you and your team lead submit Part 1 &2 of the application process.
  7. CZC team will inform you via email if your team has been selected for CZC 2020 cohort (as per the given timeline).

1 A four day training bootcamp will be held at IIT Madras during the suggested time period. The exact dates will be announced closer to the event.

2 Continuation of a team in the contest is subjected to their progress review. Please read T&C of the contest for details.

 3 A two day open house and finale ceremony will be held at IIT madras during the suggested time period. Exact dates will be announced closer to the event.

4 Read T&C of the Contest to know the preconditions to be a Team Mentor.

5  Read T&C of the Contest to know the preconditions to be a Team Lead.