About the program

Aligning to the Indian Government's goal to create 100 smart cities, we bring the private and public sector together with research facilities to work on the challenges of smart cities.Our vision to support and scale startups that are building sustainable, inclusive and innovative solutions for smart cities. It is a 1 month-long program that gives selected startups an opportunity to pitch the to the leaders in the smart city ecosystem and to win an equity-free grant of 10 Lakhs for further development.

Focus Areas

  • Water Management and Water Supply/Distribution
  • Waste Management
  • Safety and Security
  • Health
  • Energy
  • Any other smart city solutions or other products with smart city use cases

Why Should You Apply?

By connecting startups with those searching for smart city solutions, together we will amplify the transformation of city infrastructure and services to help enrich people’s lives.

  • Winner will be awarded a grant amount of 10 Lakhs.
  • Finalist will pitch to pitch to 10 leading smart city technology companies.
  • Selected teams may be considered for a pilot project in the state of Telangana.
  • Will be listed in a smart city innovation listing that will be shared with all.
  • Winner will be awarded a grant amount of 10 Lakhs.
  • Will get listed in the meity startup hub.

Who Should Apply?

  • Tech Startups working with products with smart city use cases.
  • Have market ready product with or without customers (Revenue is desirable).
  • Expertise in commercially deploying the solution.
  • Research with market ready product may also apply.

About SmartCity Living Labs

The Smart City Research Center is set up with support from MEITY (Government of India), Smart City Mission and Government of Telangana at IIITH. The research center includes a Living Lab, that is a setup with support from EBTC and Amsterdam Innovation Arena. The Building on the Smart Campus @ IIITH Smart City Research Center is based on the following Objectives: There is a huge push for smart cities in India under the Smart Cities Mission, a new initiative by the Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology to create smart outcomes for citizens. In this ambitious project, 100 cities are being covered for the duration of 5 years with a budget of Rs.100 crore per city per year. The goal of the Living Lab plan is to create an urban area enhancing three value domains: social, economic and environmental. Thus developed Living Lab shall enable the following:

  • Generate data for research
  • Get expertise in IoT for Smart Cities related research and deployment
  • Creation of a viable innovation and demand driven ecosystem in universities.
  • Provide a test bench for IoT based Smart City implementations to start-ups as well as big companies


  • Start of the campaign : 4th May
  • Last date to apply : 30th June
  • Final Short list of Startups : 8th July
  • Pitch day : 16th July
  • Finale workshop(winner announcement & PR) : 20th July
  • Initial screening will be done by the living labs teams
  • First level selection will be done by a panel of members from Living Labs, MeitY and Smart city tech MNCs
  • Finalist will be decided by a panel of 10 Smart city tech MNCs
  • Product innovation & Tech competency
  • Market readiness
  • Product fitment and need in Indian Context
  • Revenue generation potential
  • Potential for scale