Frequently Asked Questions

What is ElectronVibe?

ElectronVibe is a business-case development competition to identify and showcase entrepreneurial and technological innovations by mature startups for Indian electric utilities, with refined solutions arrived at via a co-creation process, and ultimately leading to pilot projects.

What does ElectronVibe program do for me?

NETWORK: An opportunity to network with a wide range of early stage startups and mentors, and access to a range of professionals in the power and energy sectors.

TRAINING: Via structured training (delivered via online workshops & webinars), followed by facilitated mentoring, we expect you to be able to refine value propositions, evaluate techno-economic feasibility, and potentially explore early-pilot projects with Discoms.

BUILD: Teams will have the opportunity to test their ideas by building a business plan with the help of power-sector & electricity distribution experts.

COMMUNITY: This program will help you access a community to support your idea, including the program partners, mentors, RAP and New Energy Nexus.

PARTNERS: We are here to initiate the interaction with our partners who are invested in you and your idea. They are eager to listen to your idea and want to work with you!

SOCIAL PROOF: To be selected as one of the winners means you have been selected from an extremely competitive and diverse range of applicants. This is highly positive when speaking to the ultimate customers (Discoms) as well as external investors and partners.

We are not yet a company, but a passionate team. Can we apply?

No. For the 2021 program, we will select only mature power sector startups.

I am an individual. Can I apply?

No. For the 2021 program, we will select only mature power sector startups.

How do I apply?

Click this link to the application form and follow the given instructions to submit your application. Applications are open until August 20th.

What is the timeline for the program?

Program Launch: Week of 22nd April 2021

Roundtable Series:
1st Roundtable – 24th June 2021
2nd Roundtable – Mid July 2021
3rd Roundtable – Early Aug 2021

ElectronVibe #1:
Announcements of selected participants – September 2021
Commencement of training and mentoring program – September 2021
Submission of business plans – Mid November 2021
Announcement of winners – December 2021

ElectronVibe #2
Outreach: October – December 2021
Program Implementation: January – March 2022

Who are the jury members who will select participants, and select the final winners?

All jury members will be listed on the site, and updated on an ongoing basis

How is IP that developed prior to or during the program treated by the ElectronVibe program and other program partners?

Any IP that is developed prior to or during the program remains the sole property of the applicant team (or team members, as the case may be). If you feel any information is sensitive or confidential, we recommend NOT sharing the same during the application process.

We seek no rights over IP, nor represent to facilitate any assistance in any IP-related matters when dealing with a Discom for any engagements or opportunities.

Does ElectronVibe provide any funding or expenses-related reimbursements?

Unfortunately not. However since the program is entirely virtual/remote, expenses may be negligible.

When does the program start?

ElectronVibe 1: Early-September 2021
ElectronVibe 2: January 2022

How will my confidential information be protected?

We will treat all application data as confidential information; however, we will share such data with our jury members and program partners for obvious reasons of evaluation and assessment.

In your application, please do not disclose any information that you consider proprietary.

Will the events be affected by Covid-19?

In order to protect the health and safety and considering the current situations of Covid-19, this event would be entirely virtual. The quality of the program would not be affected.

Is the ElectronVibe community committed to diversity?

We invite a diversity of talents as diversity is the core of new solutions, thinking, experiences and approaches. We encourage applications from diverse regions & backgrounds, including women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and underrepresented communities.

What happens if I apply and don’t get selected?

ElectronVibe is created to keep the energy running and there would be many more programs in the future. We encourage you to join the New Energy Network, our open Slack community to gain access to a global network of energy entrepreneurs in clean energy transformation and innovation

I’m an organisation interested in partnering with ElectronVibe. Is there someone I can speak with?

ElectronVibe is always interested in exploring collaboration opportunities with other organisation and growing the fast-changing innovation ecosystem across Asia. If you are interested in being involved in the program, or wish to partner for new programs outside India, please write to us at: [email protected]

What are the selection criteria for ElectronVibe program that the applications will be assessed on?

1) The quality of the applicant team, including relevant experience and expertise, and a mix of complementary skills (business and technical)
2) The quality of idea, i.e. how innovative and unique it is, and whether it can be scaled
3) Whether the idea is feasible from a technology perspective
4) Whether the idea is feasible from a regulatory perspective
5) Whether the idea is feasible from an operations perspective

If I am selected for the program, do I need to attend all online sessions?

Yes, all sessions are mandatory and go toward the final evaluation.
Attending sessions and interacting with the stakeholders present is the only way for you to leverage the knowledge and networks that the program partners and experts bring in.

What happens at the end of the business case development process for the program participants?

Between mid-October and mid-November, you will develop a business case around your idea with the help of a mentor who is assigned to your team. In mid-November, we will ask you to submit your business plan for evaluation by the jury members, based on which the final winner(s) will be announced.

What happens after the end of the program for the participants?

During the course of the program, you will interact will a host of power sector & Discom professionals. This will give you an opportunity to discuss and plan any post-program pilot plan – however, the program itself does not have a life after the winners are announced, and therefore all post-program discussions are at your discretion.

Participants that attend the program will become part of the ElectronVibe alumni, through which you will have access to an ecosystem of startups, founders and mentors.

Do I need to be based in India to be eligible to be shortlisted for the program?

To be a part of this program you could be based in India or abroad (but have the capacity to set up operations in India)