The/Nudge Prize- Ashirvad Water Challenge is open to individuals, groups of individuals, and organisations (profit and non-profit) that have a solution to increase access to clean drinking water for domestic use.
You must have a registered organisation (for, or not-for profit) in India by December 2022 in order to receive a grant.
Yes, existing organisations may apply for the challenge.
The challenge is designed to offer stage appropriate support to contestants. The pilot phase will include knowledge sessions, technology development support, access to pilot locations and introductions to investors.
Finalists will receive hands-on mentoring, funding and go-to-market support from different ecosystem partners. 5 finalists will receive milestone grants of INR 15 lacs each. The winner and runner-up will receive grants of INR 1 Cr and INR 75 lakhs respectively.
Opportunity for high potential contestants to receive further funding from a pool of INR 400+ Cr from investors like Social Alpha, Aavishkaar, Bharat Innovation Fund and Lightrock.
Opportunity for finalists to be fast tracked to the Imagine H2O Asia Accelerator, along with connects to other accelerators and incubators like BITS Pilani PIEDS, Indus Water Institute and SIIC.
You can submit your application by clicking here.
May 10, 2022
You are free to submit any solution that serves the problem statement and meets the evaluation criteria as mentioned on the home page.
Kindly refer to the timelines section on the home page.
Yes, the solutions should pertain to the areas and water related challenges listed on the home page. The solution should result in increase in access to clean water for rural households, and the increase in water provided should be measurable
We expect the challenge to be very competitive, with a lot of teams committing full-time, and rallying a base of supporters to accelerate their progress towards the goals of the challenge. However, there is no mandated number of hours/days which is expected to be invested from your side.
There is no prescribed travel for the challenge other than what is needed to achieve the challenge goals. However, we may require you to travel for pitch days and grand events (contingent on COVID-19 travel and event restrictions).
During the course of the challenge, we will facilitate introductions with our investor circle which may provide the contestants an opportunity to pitch before the investors and engage with them outside the challenge.
Yes, we will collect data and updates from you in a standard format at regular intervals starting June which will help us to keep track of the progress you are making as well as showcase the updates on different channels.
Yes. you are free to do that provided each of these solutions meets the eligibility criteria
No, The/Nudge Prize-Ashirvad Water Challenge is an independent contest run by The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation.