Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

  1. What is ElectronVibe 2020?
  2. What does ElectronVibe program do for me?
  3. Does ElectronVibe provide any commitment or promise of a pilot project, or related funding for the same ?
  4. How many participants will be selected to join ElectronVibe 2020?
  5. Can I apply to both Tracks?
  6. We are a startup. Can we apply?
  7. We are not yet a company, but a passionate team. Can we apply?
  8. I am an individual. Can I apply?
  9. How do I apply?
  10. When do applications close?
  11. What is the timeline for the program and my application?
  12. When will we know if our application has been successful?
  13. Who are the jury members who will select participants, and select the final winners?
  14. How is IP that developed prior to or during the program treated by the ElectronVibe program and other program partners?
  15. Is there any equity or fees that ElectronVibe seeks from participants?
  16. Does ElectronVibe provide any funding or expenses-related reimbursements?
  17. I missed the deadline. Is there still a way that I can apply?
  18. When does the program start?
  19. How will my confidential information be protected?
  20. Will the events be affected by Covid-19?
  21. In what language will the program be conducted?
  22. Is the ElectronVibe community committed to diversity?
  23. What happens if I apply and don’t get accepted?
  24. I’m an organisation interested in partnering with ElectronVibe. Is there someone I can speak with?

SOLUTIONS TRACK

  1. Do we need to have experience in the energy or power sector before applying to the Solutions Track?
  2. What is the time commitment expected of me, if I am selected for participation in the Solutions Track?
  3. I am an individual applicant without a team. What happens if I apply as an individual in the Solutions track?
  4. What are the selection criteria for Solutions Track that the applications will be assessed on?
  5. What happens once I submit an application for the Solutions Track?
  6. If I am selected for the Solutions Track, do I need to attend all online sessions?
  7. What happens at the end of the business plan development process for the Solutions Track participants?
  8. What happens after the end of the program for the Solutions Track participants?
  9. Do I need to be based in India to be eligible to be shortlisted for the Solutions Track?

BLUE-SKY THINKING TRACK

  1. Do we need to have experience in the energy or power sector before applying to the Blue-Sky thinking Track?
  2. What is the time commitment expected of me, if I am selected for participation in the Blue-Sky thinking Track?
  3. I am an individual applicant without a team. What happens if I apply as an individual in the Blue-Sky thinking Track?
  4. What are the selection criteria for Blue-Sky Thinking Track that the applications will be assessed on?
  5. What happens once I submit an application for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track?
  6. Can I change my Blue-Sky idea after attending the training program sessions?
  7. If I am selected for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track, do I need to attend all online sessions?
  8. What happens at the end of the training program for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track participants?
  9. What happens after the end of the program for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track participants?
  10. Do I need to be based in India to be eligible to be shortlisted for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track?

What is ElectronVibe 2020?

ElectronVibe is a business plan development challenge program which is attempting to identify new business ideas toward increasing revenue streams for Indian Electricity Distribution companies.
It is a structured 10-week program, which will provide training and an environment for co-creation for participating teams.

 


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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.


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Does ElectronVibe provide any commitment or promise of a pilot project, or related funding for the same ?

How many participants will be selected to join ElectronVibe 2020?

We will select 10 teams for the Solutions Thinking Track, and around 20 participants (teams or individual) for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track


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Can I apply to both Tracks?

We are a startup. Can we apply?

Yes, you can apply to both or either of the Tracks


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

Yes, you can apply to both or either of the Tracks


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I am an individual. Can I apply?

Yes, you can apply to both or either of the Tracks. However, participation in the Solutions Track is only possible as a team, and therefore if shortlisted, we expect you to form a team prior to being able to be eligible for participation – please see the relevant question in the following section for further details.


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How do I apply?

For the Solutions Track, use this application form. It typically takes under an hour to complete your application.

For the Blue-Sky Thinking Track, use this application form. It typically takes under an hour to complete your application.

Please note that you can only submit one application per applicant. Once submitted, your application cannot be edited.


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When do applications close?

26 August 2020


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What is the timeline for the program and my application?

• Applications open on 05th August
• Applications close on 26th August. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; hence we encourage participants to apply early
• Announcement of Selected Participants – 7th September
• Submission of refined Blue-Sky thinking ideas – 15th October (see relevant question in the following section)
• Submission of Business Plans – 15th November
• Announcement of Winners – End of the program – 30th November
For further information, please refer to the graphical timeline provided in the main page.


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When will we know if our application has been successful?

Applications for the 2020 program close on 26th August 2020. We will inform selected winners at least 4 days prior to the first online workshop in early September.


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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


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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.


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Is there any equity or fees that ElectronVibe seeks from participants?

Does ElectronVibe provide any funding or expenses-related reimbursements?

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


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I missed the deadline. Is there still a way that I can apply?

Unfortunately, not (unless there is a publicly announced extension of deadline)


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When does the program start?

Early-September (the first session is likely going to be on the 11th of September)


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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.


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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.


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In what language will the program be conducted?

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.


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

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


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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]


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Do we need to have experience in the energy or power sector before applying to the Solutions Track?

Yes – an understanding of the regulatory framework and of working in the energy or power sector is a pre-requisite. However, it is absolutely fine if you have not directly worked IN a power company but worked WITH them (e.g. as a power-consultant).


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What is the time commitment expected of me, if I am selected for participation in the Solutions Track?

Starting the 2nd week of September and continuing till the end of October, we will conduct one webinar a week for one hour. These will be held in times that are convenient for working professionals (in case a participant is unable to attend due to a genuine reason, we will have recordings available for use).
In addition, starting mid-October, we will facilitate 1:1 mentor interactions over 4 weeks. The time required for this will be completely at the convenience and discretion of the mentor-mentee groups. However, we can estimate 2-3 hours a week for this as you will be building a complete business plan.
The program will be designed to facilitate intensive co-creation and conceptualisation, and the details will be shared with the selected participants (e.g. we may hold 2 days of a design-sprint too, at timings that are convenient for working professionals).


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I am an individual applicant without a team. What happens if I apply as an individual in the Solutions track?

Ultimately, participation in the Solutions Track of ElectronVibe 2020 is possible only as a team. As an individual applicant, if you are shortlisted, you will have 2 days in early September to form a team online (we will specify how) with other shortlisted Solo applicants. Thus, due to the limited time, we believe pre-formed Teams have a higher chance of selection.


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What are the selection criteria for Solutions Track 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


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What happens once I submit an application for the Solutions Track?

After submission, applications will be evaluated by the Jury members as per the defined criteria (see the relevant question for details on these criteria).
As a pre-formed team, if your application is shortlisted, the Jury may request for a remote interview should they think they need to understand finer details. Once selected, you will be invited to join the ElectronVibe 2020 program.
As an individual (Solo) applicant, if your application is shortlisted, you will be asked to join an online communication-platform where you will be given an opportunity to connect with other shortlisted Solo applicants to form a team – participation in the program is only possible as a team.


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If I am selected for the Solutions Track, 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.


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What happens at the end of the business plan development process for the Solutions Track participants?

Between mid-October and mid-November, you will develop a business plan 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.


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What happens after the end of the program for the Solutions Track 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.


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

Yes – the reason for this is that there may be an opportunity to work with a utility post the program, and thus it makes sense to be based in India


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Do we need to have experience in the energy or power sector before applying to the Blue-Sky thinking Track?

What is the time commitment expected of me, if I am selected for participation in the Blue-Sky thinking Track?

Starting the 2nd week of September and continuing till the mid of October, we will conduct one webinar a week for one hour. These will be held in times that are convenient for working professionals (in case a participant is unable to attend due to a genuine reason, we will have recordings available for use).


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I am an individual applicant without a team. What happens if I apply as an individual in the Blue-Sky thinking Track?

The Blue-Sky thinking track is open to all applicants, whether individuals or teams. If selected, there is no requirement to form a team to participate in the first 4 weeks of the training program.


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What are the selection criteria for Blue-Sky Thinking Track that the applications will be assessed on?

1) The quality of idea, i.e. how innovative and unique it is, and whether it can be scaled
2) Whether the idea is feasible from a technology perspective
3) Our assessment of how well your profile fits the program


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What happens once I submit an application for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track?

After submission, applications will be evaluated by the Jury members as per the defined criteria (see the relevant question for details on these criteria).
If your application is shortlisted, the Jury may request for a remote interview should they think they need to understand finer details. Once selected, you will be invited to join the first 4-weeks of the ElectronVibe 2020 Training Program.


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Can I change my Blue-Sky idea after attending the training program sessions?

Yes, after the training, as an outcome of better understanding of the problem or any potential constraints in implementation of your idea, you will be free to refine, improve or revise your originally submitted idea at the time of application


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If I am selected for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track, do I need to attend all online sessions?

Yes, we would encourage you to attend all sessions.
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, and thus be able to improve your idea.


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What happens at the end of the training program for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track participants?

Between early September and early-October, you will attend 4 online webinars. After this, you will have a few days to revise or refine your original idea. In mid-October, we will ask you to submit your revised idea for evaluation by the jury members, based on which the final winners will be announced.


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What happens after the end of the program for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track 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 your idea and get feedback – 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 BlueSky alumni, through which you will have access to an ecosystem of startups, founders and mentors.


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Do I need to be based in India to be eligible to be shortlisted for the Blue-Sky Thinking Track?