Applications Invited for BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies - Supported by Mphasis

Applications Invited for BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies - Supported by Mphasis

Organization: Social Alpha

Apply By: 15 Aug 2019

Grant Amount: 5000000 INR

About Social Alpha

Social Alpha architecture is built around a not-for-profit platform, Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) and operates through a nationwide network of technology and business incubation infrastructure, sponsored and enabled by Tata Trusts, Government of India and a number of academic, philanthropic and corporate partnerships.

BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies Supported by Mphasis


The World Bank estimates that there are anywhere between 40 to 80 million Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in India—i.e. one in twelve households has a family member with a disability. However, due to low literacy levels, social stigma and lack of opportunities, PwDs remain the most excluded members of Indian society. Additionally, India lacks a vibrant market of assistive technologies (AT) and inclusive solutions that cater to, and empower PwDs.

It is their mission to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of innovative assistive technology solutions to enable a better quality of life for millions of PwDs in India.

The BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies, supported by Mphasis is a search for the top 10 innovative and entrepreneurial teams in the country that have developed market-ready assistive technologies and inclusive solutions.

Assistive Technology In India

Key Challenges In The Ecosystem

Fragmented  Market

  • Current market is represented by a small segment of users, restricted to urban hubs
  • Poor data on PwDs makes it difficult to develop sustainable sales channels
  • Segmented market makes it difficult to collect user feedback
  • Limited ways to broadcast information about the solution

Poor Demand Generation

  • End users are not able to afford the existing products in the market
  • Lack of data on consumer needs and expectations results in poor market fit and poor quality products
  • Lack of accessibility and knowledge about the solutions

Broken Supply Chain

  • Cottage industry – Products are not designed for manufacturing and the ecosystem has limited manufacturing partners
  • Limited sales and distribution partners lead to difficulty in creating physical linkages and providing after sales services
  • Low funds in the ecosystem, which attract less number of innovators, institutes and VCs

Program Offerings

Up To 10 Winners To Receive

Social Alpha Accelerator for Inclusive Solutions

  • A three month accelerator designed by business and sector experts, to fast-track the market access journey of a startup
  • Up to INR 20 Lakhs for implementation of Work Order
  • An initial support of up to INR 10 lakhs and follow-on support of INR 10 Lakhs on meeting certain criteria
  • Need-based clinical validation, engineering, manufacturing, and licensing support of up to INR 30 lakhs
  • Support worth up to INR 10 Lakhs for Design and Manufacturing optimisation, and up to INR 20 Lakhs for Clinical Validation subject to due-diligence
  • Delivery channel identification and implementation of distribution strategies
  • Customised support will be provided for the development of product delivery channels for each start-up
  • Advisory support from 3 institutes with complementary expertise
  • The partners will cover aspects of business and strategy, implementation and user-base understanding, and funding respectively

Marketing Support and Community Building

  • Strategic marketing support through the online and offline partners, as well as access to multiple sector-specific events
  • Follow-on funding opportunity up to INR 50 Lakhs
  • Long term business incubation support from the Social Alpha ecosystem, including seed capital investment programs, subject to due-diligence

Access  to Open Innovation platform

  • The platform is an online enabling ecosystem of innovators, funders, technical experts and other stakeholders across the supply chain.

Who Can Apply?

BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies, supported by Mphasis, is a search for start-ups, social enterprises, or non-profits who have created innovative products, equipment, or systems that enhance the learning, working and daily living for persons-with-disabilities.

Individual innovators are also eligible to apply for the program. As the Quest is looking for innovators to work on establishing marketing channels for existing products, and not research and product development, only those with developed ideas and/or prototypes should apply.

A company which has applied has to be owned by resident Indian citizen i.e. at least 51% of capital in the company is owned beneficially by resident Indian citizen or by Indian companies eventually controlled & owned by a resident Indian citizen.

Application Deadline 15th Aug 2019

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