CHUNAUTI 3.0 - Advancing Digital Applications with Special Focus on Accessibility
Next Generation Incubation Scheme (NGIS) is STPI’s comprehensive incubation scheme which has a vision to drive the rise of India as a Software Product Nation so as to make India a global player in development, production and supply of Innovative, Efficient and Secure Software Products thus facilitating the growth across the entire spectrum of ICT sector as envisioned in the National Policy on Software Products (NPSP) – 2019.
NextGen Start-up Challenge Contest (CHUNAUTI - Challenge Hunt Under NGIS for Advanced Uninhibited Technology Intervention) is a series of online Challenges under NGIS.STPI has been strengthening the start-up ecosystem, through policies, initiatives, and creation of 360-degree ecosystem. The current digital era where technology adoption has been high in the urban, educated and high to mid income group population, the rural, less formally educated and low-income group population is still in the digital inaccessibility group. The ecosystem trends also clearly highlight that the sectors contributing significantly towards $1 Tn economy focus on the inaccessibility group. It is also seen that physically disabled population also forms a significant share of digital inaccessibility group. The inaccessibility group mostly resides in and around Tier II and III cities therefore the need is for hyper localized digital products/solution. Accordingly, to boost the localized innovations from Tier II & III cities, through CHUNAUTI 3.0 STPI is looking to identify and support promising startup working towards digital transformation & accessible products/solutions enabling equitable & inclusive growth with focus on sectors like Agriculture, Education, Healthcare & Wellness, Banking & Finance, E-commerce, and Environment etc. As in the previous contests, selected startups would be given physical infrastructure, funding assistance, access to networks, connects, learning and resources that are needed to build a scalable, profitable and global business.
Evaluation, Shortlisting & Selection
Applications shall be evaluated using the following high-level multi-tier approach:
- Stage-1 (Pre-Screening): All the applications received will be pre-screened by the designated committee(s) and the shortlisted applications will be called for next stage i.e., pitch at regional level.
- Stage-2 (Pitch at Regional Level): Applications shortlisted in Stage-1 will be called for pitch at regional level before designated committee(s) and shortlisted applications will be called for next stage i.e. Evaluation at central level.
- Stage-3 (Selection at Central Level): Applications shortlisted in Stage-2 will be evaluated at central level by the designated committee and selected applicants will be extended the offer for association with NGIS/CHUNAUTI
(Pitch at Regional level)