Online Contest Portal Document


Image COE



IMAGE CoE is an initiative by STPI at Hyderabad to provide resources such as mentoring, technology support and funding for Gaming, Animation, VFX, Computer Vision and AI start-ups. IMAGE offers integrated programs, CVLAB and GameLab, for start-ups to scale up through its incubation facility



• The IMAGE CoE invites the proposals/applications from Indian Start-ups who are working in Gaming, Animation, VFX and CVAI
• Start-ups registered with DPIIT under start-up India programme are encouraged to participate in this programme. The definition of Start-ups prescribed by DPIIT is reproduced below and subject to change from time to time.

Company Registration: The start-up must be registered/incorporated within last 10 years as on date of opening of challenge.
Annual Turnover: Start-up should have an annual turnover not exceeding Rs. 100 crore for any of the financial years since its incorporation.
Original Entity: Entity should not have been formed by splitting up or reconstructing an already existing business.
Innovative and Scalable: Entity working towards innovation, development or improvement of products, processes or services or if it is a scalable business model with high potential of employment generation or wealth creation.
• Individual Academicians, Researchers, Educators, Entrepreneurs, partnership firms, LLPs may also participate. However, if they are selected then they will have to register as private limited company in a stipulated time (preferably within 3 months).


The Start-ups are expected to be in the following domains  Gaming
 Animation
 Computer Vision and AI


IMAGE Accelerator Program would be organized in three (3) phases.
Phase-1:Applications from start-ups are invited through an online contest portal
Phase-2: Shortlisting of Ideas, POCs and Solutions having strong potential through initial scrutiny
Phase-3: Selection of start-ups for this program through pitch-in session.


6 Months


Benefits to IMAGE CoE Start-ups:
• 5 Lakh seed fund to selected start-ups from IMAGE CoE
• Plug & Play Infrastructure up to 5 seats for selected start-up
• Access to Mocap & CVAI Lab
• Access to Meetings room, Conference room and Preview theatre
• Mentor Network for Gaming, VFX, Animation & CV, AI. Mentor Network will provide Technology Mentoring, Domain Mentoring, Strategy Mentoring, End to End market support.
• Market access through the Industry associations like HYSEA, TVAGA, TiE Hyderabad and IIIT
• Access to Investors (Angle Fund + VC Network) through Hyderabad Angles
• Access to Credits from the ECO system partners like Facebook, Microsoft, etc
• Sponsorship to National level events to showcase your products
• Access to National wise STPI CoEs Network
• IPR Related Support Services


14th February 2020
Application submission start date
19th February 2021
Application submission end date
28th May 2024
Announcement of Result

Note: Dates are subject to change. Kindly check the portal regularly for latest information.



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