The Smart City Challenge Regional round for India will be organized in partnership with the UC Berkley’s Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC). Teams from across India will learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.

The goal of the Smart City Challenge and Co- Innovation labs is to launch smart city technologies and provide corporations and entrepreneurs access to smart city market by co-creating innovative business models with citizens and governments.


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Climate Smart Agriculture

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Co-innovate smart city solutions with corporations, startups, governments and pilot in Allahabad, India, a city that has been identified by the government of India under the 100 smart cities mission.

  • Discover new smart city business models and research for corporations
  • Increase go-to-market efficiency of smart city solutions by 2X using proven
  • UC Berkeley process and framework for acceleration
  • Launch new products or business models in < 1/2 the time at up to 86% costs savings versus traditional methods
  • Get data analytics based approach to incubation, exit and investment readiness
  • Linkage with Silicon valley corporations and investors
  • Top student team will go to the UC Berkeley’s Global Social Venture Competition to be held in Milan, Italy in April 2018
  • Top 5 Start-ups will have a chance to present their ideas before the Honourable Chief Minister of the State of Uttar Pradesh, Government of India.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC)

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and over $80,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1999, the GSVC has evolved into a global network of premier business schools, universities, and programs in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each partner school and program is supported by a network that includes other universities and organizations, judges, mentors, and investors focused on social impact, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In 2017, GSVC received over 600 entries from 65 countries. GSVC has helped launch successful social ventures such as Revolution Foods, d.light, Husk Power, Ethos Water, Sanergy, and World of Good.

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The Innovation Acceleration Group (IAG)

The Innovation Acceleration Group (IAG) assist in the market delivery of customer validated innovations focused on leveraging new technologies and establishing disruptive business models. Through the guided experiential learning process, teams work on real current problems and opportunities — not case studies or hypothetical examples — and deliver tangible results in as little as two months. The IAG have helped teams launch new products, services and business models in one third the time at one tenth the cost of traditional methods. The programs' immersive experience turns employees into innovators, armed with a repeatable and scalable process they can use again and again. Based on years of entrepreneurial experience combined with repeatable, scalable methodologies, Innovation Acceleration Group Instructors guide teams of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs through 7-week to 6-month long evidence-based customer discovery processes. Over the course of the programs, teams get one-on-one coaching, participate in group collaboration, and receive feedback from their peers and mentors. At the end, each team will have a validated go/no-go decision and lean go-to-market plan, saving months (if not years) of time and financial investment.

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Haas School of Business

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business - which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. The school offers outstanding management education to about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year who come from around the world to study in one of its six degree-granting programs. The school has 40,000 alumni. The school's mission is "to develop leaders who redefine how we do business."

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The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)

The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) is committed to creating the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. Promoting bilateral trade is an important part of the work, but USISPF’s mission reaches far beyond this. It is about business and government coming together in new ways to create meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens. are entering a new era based on a strategic partnership between the U.S. and India – one where we will work closely together with business and government leaders to achieve our goals of driving economic growth, job creation, innovation, inclusion, and entrepreneurship.

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1M1B (A Million for A Billion) Foundation

1M1B (A Million for A Billion) Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit, is a leadership, entrepreneurship and an innovation initiative aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). With a vision to activate 1 million young leaders and innovators who will impact 1 billion people, 1M1B accelerates innovation for societal impact and builds conscious enterprises by engaging corporations, young leaders, innovators and start-ups. 1M1B’s other initiatives include:

  • Startup Gurukool (Village Accelerator): 1M1B bring global startups and corporations to access rural markets. This access and exposure allows them to test their solution on the specific populations in need by appointing village level independent contractors and entrepreneurs. This on the ground market research, analysis, and testing is invaluable for both the provider and community.

  • Future Leaders: To scale the on-the-ground learnings and lessons of the village accelerator and smart cities, 1M1B uses the digital content to create mentoring and an academic curriculum in urban schools. These 8-60 hours guide to mentorship, leadership and entrepreneurship concludes with student led social impact projects that solve real problems in their urban surroundings. Top teachers and students get to present their work at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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