India WaterPitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge

Today, MoHUA organised an event - "India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Conclave" - at India Habitat Centre to provide first of its kind networking platform to startups, young innovators, industry partners, incubators and States/cities. During the conclave, startup challenge was launched by Union Minister, HUA on MyGov platform.

With an aim to revamp the country's water management by inviting startups to solve the urban water problems, the government of India has just launched "India WaterPitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge" under Atal mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) 2.0 of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). 

Under this challenge, startups will be empowered in the water/ used-water sector to grow through innovation and design that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate employment opportunities. The MoHUA will select 100 startups and each will be provided Rs.20 lakhs as funding support as well as mentorship.

The start-ups providing innovative technological/ business solution in the following areas, are eligible to participate:

  1. Fresh water systems
  2. Hydro informatics – use of water + data for
  3. Used water management
  4. Urban Water Management
  5. Agricultural Water Management
  6. Urban Sewerage Management
  7. Water governance
  8. Innovation in conventional taps and plumbing systems
Union Minister of MoHUA & Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, said, "The Start-ups are the flavor of the season, as the number of Unicorns in the country has jumped, by leaps and bounds. uccess of the Government’s schemes hinges, to a large extent, to the role and contribution of stakeholders and others in the ecosystem. The Stakeholders' responses in water sector are crucial for formulising Government programmes as they know what actually is the need.

The minister said that AMRUT 2.0 is a transformative and unique scheme, with a huge outlay of over Rs 2.77 lakh crore. He said that the scheme will ensure water security in the country, reduce its transportation costs, reduce groundwater contamination, and increase water utilization capacity. He said for the success of the Mission, Start-ups will have to play a meaningful role- by bringing in innovative ideas, Technology, novel delivery mechanism, etc.

AMRUT 2.0, launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 01 October, 2021, envisages identification of innovative, proven and potential environment friendly technologies in the fields of water & used water treatment, distribution and water body rejuvenation.
Through this challenge, MoHUA intends to select 100 start-ups providing workable and scalable solution for urban water problems.

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