BIRAC have joined hands with Social Alpha for building an innovation ecosystem to nurture and scale-up innovations.

Social Alpha is a not-for-profit platform created by Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE), sponsored and supported by the Tata Trusts to promote socially relevant innovations and entrepreneurship with a mission to create largely scale sustainable social impact.

Under this initiative, BIRAC has carried out following activities:

* Launched 'BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies–supported by Mphasis' in June 2019 to foster an ecosystem to develop, support,and scale Assistive Technologies (AT) solutions from Start-ups. Top 14 Indian start-ups were selected as the winners working for the AT solutions in the areas including speech and hearing impairment, locomotor disability, visual impairment, and intellectual disability for children and adults.  The winners were awarded grant prizes up to INR 50 lakh each and an opportunity to get enrolled in a three months accelerator program.

Award Ceremony of BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies Supported by Mphasis


Top 14 Indian Awardees of BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies Supported by Mphasis

* Launched ‘BIRAC-Innovation Challenge Award-SoCH (Solution for Community Health) 2020-21’ in March 2020 to offer a unique platform to Start-ups/Entrepreneurs working in the community health sector. The challenge has been launched in association with BIRAC supported Bio-NEST Incubator Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC) and Social Alpha.

Theme for SoCH 2020-21:

Innovative, Efficient and Affordable Solutions for Clean Cooking in Rural and Community Settings

It aims proposals are invited in the areas of Biomass, Electricity, LPG, Solar and Biogas based cooking solutions.