The Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago and the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka
The Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago joined the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka to launch Bengaluru Innovation Challenge. The Challenge taps grassroots creativity and expertise to identify innovative ideas for addressing the most pressing environmental and energy challenges in Bengaluru.
The winners will receive funding support (up to Rs. 1.5 crores over two years) to test and evaluate their ideas in the field, with guidance and input from the Government of Karnataka and leading faculty at the University of Chicago. If successful, the ideas could become policy solutions the government could implement at a large scale, and may provide an important model for other cities to follow.
The Tata Centre for Development is generously supported by Tata Trusts.
More than 170 ideas from researchers, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, organizations, and citizens from across India and throughout the world were submitted to the Bengaluru Innovation Challenge.
Out of all the ideas received for addressing pressing environmental and energy challenges of Bengaluru, eight were shortlisted as finalists and winners were announced at an event in Bengaluru on November 22, 2018.
The winners will now receive funding support of up to INR 1.5 crores and will work in close collaboration with the Karnataka Government and the University of Chicago.
The Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago and the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka, in partnership with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team (EPIC-India) and UChicago Energy and Environment Lab.
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