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Carbon Zero Challenge (CZC) is South India Renewable Energy Innovation Competition for Colleges and Early Stage Start-ups. The grand challenge posed to the competing teams is to develop a sustainable green energy alternative by combination of one or more renewable energy sources. Solutions proposed by teams must be economically viable, socially acceptable, environment friendly, and easily replicable in multiple areas.

Carbon Zero Challenge 2017-18 received an overwhelming response among South India Colleges and Start-ups:
  • 531 Applications Received in five thematic areas
  • 54 Teams shortlisted for Interview on July 18
  • 25 Teams finally selected to go to the Phase II of CZC

The selected 25 finalist teams are currently developing prototypes of their projects – coached by expert Technical and Business Mentors during the prototyping phase. 

These prototypes will be demonstrated on a final Demo Day in early 2018. Outstanding Prototypes will receive Rewards and Recognition and other benefits like Incubation opportunities.

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Know More About 25 Finalist Teams From Here

Water and Waste Management
Urban Areas/Cities
Agriculture & Forestry
Click on any of the themes above for specific topics

Team Details

  • Maximum of 5 per team
  • Team members can be students of any recognized university, researchers who are either independent or part of an organization, innovators and early stage entrepreneurs. 
  • All team members must necessarily belong to institutions, or have companies registered in one of the 5 States/UTs covered: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The contest comprises four-stages

Stage 1 – Registration of teams. This can be done online. (See Next Steps)
Stage 2 – Top 25 teams shortlisted for the mentorship phase
Stage 3 – 6-month mentorship with experts from US and India. This includes expert guidance and financial assistance for developing prototypes.
Stage 4 – Final event during which the shortlisted entries will demonstrate their solutions, and winners will be announced,



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