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Entrepreneurship Cell IIT Madras is working with PerSapien Innovations to promote ideas for the 21st Century that put People and Planet first. PerSapien is a company pioneering innovations to solve health issues arising from air pollution. PerSapien and E – Cell IIT Madras believe in democratizing innovation to spread the benefits of multi – disciplinary and user – centric solutions to the underserved.


Ensuring sustained Access to Water and Preventing Unnecessary Wastage

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Mitigating harmful effects of Climate Change and Adapting to global warming through sustainable, emission free activities.

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November 3, 2019 - November 22, 2019

Phase 1 – Registration and Shortlisting

  • Register in teams with a maximum of 5 people.
  • Choose any one challenge out of 3; understand the scope of the problem that needs to be solved and the technology that can be leveraged for the same.
  • Fill out a form with basic details and submit your approach to solving the challenge in a Submission of Intention Document.

November 27, 2019 - January 7, 2020

Phase 2 – Prototype and Fail Fast

  • Selected teams fine – tune their ideas and attend webinars and mentoring sessions online to learn the practical aspects of prototyping ideas and designing them in an efficient manner.s
  • Prototype the most significant assumptions you have regarding your solution.
  • Validate your prototypes to uncover implementation challenges and improve your product delivery based on conditions faced by the communities.
  • Reach a stable solution that has enough traction among user - base.

January 17, 2020 - January 19, 2020

Phase 3 – Time to take your MVP to the next level

  • How you communicate your solutions is very important in being able to collaboratively develop a product.
  • Attend E – Summit 2020, an ecosystem of ideas, entrepreneurs and investors who value entrepreneurial potential. Network with other participants, industry experts and attend flagship events.
  • Attend hands – on workshops on Communicating your story – Pitching; Convey your ideas in Business Terms such as Value Propositions, Key Activities, Customer Relationships, etc.
  • Finally, Present your ideas before a panel of judges drawn from the Knowledge Partners and also industry and investors. Stand a chance to win Product Development Grants and further collaborate with the Knowledge Partner.


All students who are pursuing their UG, PG or doctoral degree from any university across India are invited to participate.

Awards and Perks

  • Learn to develop products from scratch in a dynamic environment and with a social purpose.
  • Understand the challenges in the market that will determine the success of innovations in the industry.
  • Implement practices in testing your solutions before coming up with the best version.
  • Get mentored by experts from leading social – startups in sustainable energy solutions & environment and health.
  • Stand a chance to have your ideas funded/incubated by leading social enterprises in the field or win a prize – money.
  • Have a window of opportunity to further collaborate with those startups in a mutually beneficial way.
  • Win Fabulous Prizes!
  • Winning teams receive prize money and also a chance to be incubated by or develop the product further with leading social startups.


Stuck somewhere? We are here to help you.

Do I need a team to participate?
Will I be provided accommodation during E – Summit?
Is my physical presence required during prototyping phase?

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