MNRE Startup Challenge by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India

MNRE Startup Challenge by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India

MNRE Startup Challenge by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India

Designation/Programme – MNRE Startup Challenge

The Ministry Of New and Renewable Energy, India invites application for MNRE Startup Challenge from eligible and interested candidates

About- Ministry of New and Renewable Energy invites Startups and innovators to join the journey towards Sustainable Energy future. India’s strategy on renewable energy is driven by the objectives of energy security, energy access and reducing the carbon footprints of the national energy systems. Renewables have created new opportunities. An altogether new business space has been created. The extant opportunities seek to explore larger contribution of renewables in the areas of livelihood, water, health and innovations in products, services and business models. Already, many early-stage companies have demonstrated innovative technologies and concepts that have developed sustainable businesses. MNRE Startup Challenge

Research/Job Area- 

1. Livelihood Application

i. Cost competitive and innovative renewable energy applications to enhance quality of life (cooking, lighting, potable water, healthcare etc.)

ii. Renewable energy application in agriculture

iii. Renewable energy applications to support SME’s and cottage industries

iv. Renewable energy solutions (technology, operational model et al) for application in difficult terrain

v. Renewable energy application for desalination and hence to extract potable water

2. Power System and Design

i. Renewable energy system integration in the grid

ii. Forecasting Solutions

iii. Demand response & distributed energy resource management systems

iv. Energy trading and marketplaces

v. Internet of Things (IOT) for renewables including off-grid applications for optimizing energy and its utilisation

3. Solar Energy

i. Solar rooftop solutions end to end delivery including platforms

ii. Improving efficiency of charge controllers

4. Wind Energy

i. Development of small wind turbines with wind potential of <4m/sec

ii. IoT for increasing energy extraction in the wind farms

5. Energy solutions for industrial processes in SMEs, mid to large-scale manufacturing units

process heat, power, cooling etc

6. Biomass and waste-to-energy supply chain for power & thermal generation

i. Biomass/agro-residue/municipality waste collection, processing, palletisation- complete value chain including biomass storage solutions

7. Mobility and Energy Storage

i. Renewable energy application in mobility – business models, products and market platforms

ii. Advanced energy storage application in decentralized off-grid and utility-scale renewable power projects

8. Any other Solutions in Renewable Energy not mentioned above

Location – Ministry Of New and Renewable Energy, India


1. Individual/ Academic Institute/ Research Lab/ Startup developing an innovative product, service or business model.

2. The stage of innovation should at least be prototype and feasible for deployment.

Job/Position Description-  Invest India is the strategic partner to this program.

Top three solutions across problem statement will be shortlisted under the program for a cash grant.

Cash prize for top 3 winners:

1st – Rs.10,00,000

2nd – Rs.7,00,000

3rd – Rs.5,00,000

How to Apply- Eligible and interested candidate can apply online.

For Contact- 

Dr. PC Maithani

Designation – Advisor, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Support Email ID – [email protected]

Last Date for Apply– 

Applications Open: 9 August 2019

Applications Close: 1 September 2019

Felicitation of winners: 30 October 2019 – 2nd November 2019

See Position Details-

Official Website-

Click here to apply- 

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  1. Dear Sir , according to MNRE Renewable energy programs to much late now in India only Sum tycoon got benefit to much. Startup getting nothing, so you may please startup funding atleast 50 lacks to 50 crore
    For viability and feasibility.
    My power to gas Renewable energy hydrogen fuel ,fuel cell technology base project .start-up from 55 crore. How can possible at least money. Governments moral duty to arrange FDI.or Any other funding to support Start-up.
    Nivrutti Barhate


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