Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation. Under this UK-India Tech Partnership, both our countries are looking to bring together the best minds in technology to tackle the global threat of climate change, as well as leverage the potential of emerging technologies to drive sustainable economic growth in both the countries. In the words of an Indian principal scientific advisor, ‘the disruption of COVID19 will pale in significance to what climate change will bring’. As a host of the next, pivotal, global climate summit, the UK Government is committed to leading action.
The objective of this 4-month programme is to get behind the innovation superheroes reducing emissions and pollution with green tech. Through a competitive selection process, a cohort of 20-30 promising Indian and UK clean tech start-ups will be assembled for an intensive capacity development programme culminating in a pitch event for an opportunity to win investment. It aims to address the funding, mentoring and market access needs of Indian and the UK clean tech start-ups by leveraging the expertise within both the India and the UK clean tech ecosystem. In addition, it seeks to leverage the power of the UK venture capital network, which is currently under invested in the clean tech sector in India. The absolute best of the cohort will be invited to continue with a further mentoring programme and opportunities for fundraising.
The programme is designed to enable selected Indian and UK start-ups to expand nationally and internationally through market entry support in their respective cross border markets of interest.
Indian and the UK start-ups will participate as a single cohort with the aim of encouraging peer learning, new tech R&D partnerships, and joint business development.