Airtel partners Invest India to launch Startup Innovation Challenge

Bharti Airtel, India’s premier communications solutions provider, has announced the launch of ‘Airtel India Startup Innovation Challenge’ in partnership with Invest India for early stage technology companies.

Early stage technology companies are invited to demonstrate differentiated solutions in 5G – Innovative B2C or B2B use cases and applications; IoT – Creating innovative IoT solutions that can power the digital transformation journey of enterprises; Cloud Communication – Leveraging AI and ML technologies to create B2C or B2B products; Digital Advertising – Creating innovative and unique ad formats – both digital and otherwise that would make ads or brand promotions enriching; Digital Entertainment – Creating a platform or offering disruptive solutions in music, video or gaming.

Applications for the Startup Innovation Challenge will close on 24th January, 2022 and the results will be announced on 14th February, 2022.

The top 10 winners will win cash prizes, get access to Airtel’s Innovation Lab and will be able to leverage Airtel’s advanced technology infrastructure to scale up their use cases and even co-innovate with Airtel’s engineering teams. A select few of the 10 startups shall be offered to be on-boarded onto the Airtel Startup Accelerator Program and hyper-scale their company with Airtel.

Under this Program, startups gain access to Airtel’s core platform strengths of data, distribution, network, and payments. Further, startups get access to Airtel’s global partner ecosystem and advisory from Airtel’s executive team.

Commenting on the occasion, Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel said, “As a core enabler of this emerging digital ecosystem, Airtel is thrilled to be working with the Government of India to help early stage companies navigate their growth journeys and scale up quickly and sustainably. On behalf of Airtel, I invite companies to be a part of this challenge and benefit from Airtel’s deep technological capabilities.”

Deepak Bagla, MD & CEO, Invest India said, “We look forward to enabling India’s young technology startups through the Startup Innovation Challenge in partnership with Bharti Airtel. The Indian startup ecosystem is the third largest in the world, and we are delighted that through this challenge, growing startups will be able to showcase Made- in-India solutions that solve complex global problems. On behalf of Invest India, I invite early-stage companies to participate in this challenge.”

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