On World Environment Day, Indian Institute of Technology Madras is inviting school students to witness the Finale of the second edition of ‘Carbon Zero Challenge,’ a Cleantech Innovation Contest that attracted teams comprising students/early entrepreneurs and/or startups from across 25 states. The exhibition will be open for public viewing in IIT Madras campus between 9 am and 5.15 pm on 5th and 6th June 2019 and 9 and 12 noon on 7th June.
The challenge is a one-of-its-kind contest and a pioneering initiative by IIT Madras and fully supported by Virtusa Corporation. The program’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it not only fosters cleantech innovations but also successful environmental startups addressing challenges in energy, water, waste, industry and agricultural sectors. 996 teams competed with their clean tech ideas. 20 teams with high impact ideas were shortlisted to receive training and mentoring in addition to the financial support of up to Rs.5 lakhs over a period of 6 months to build their prototypes and business models. The 20 finalists have put up their prototypes for demonstration during the at the ICSR building Exhibition Hall.