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AIM and NITI Aayog Launch Initiatives to Foster Innovation and Sustainability

New Delhi: The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and NITI Aayog have unveiled two groundbreaking initiatives aimed at bolstering innovation and sustainability in India: the ‘AIM – ICDK Water Challenge 4.0’ and the fifth edition of the ‘Innovations for You’ handbook, which highlights SDG entrepreneurs in India.

In partnership with the Innovation Centre Denmark (ICDK) at the Royal Danish Embassy in India, AIM has introduced the fourth edition of the open innovation water challenge. This initiative is a key component of the Indo-Danish bilateral green strategic partnership and seeks to address critical water-related challenges through innovative solutions. Selected teams will represent India in the global Next Generation Digital Action program, collaborating with young talents from leading universities and innovation hubs across nine countries: India, Denmark, Ghana, Kenya, Korea, Tanzania, South Africa, Colombia, and Mexico.

Participants will embark on a hybrid innovation journey featuring group work, boot camp sessions, keynotes, and personalized mentoring. The program focuses on sustainability, digital solutions, inclusion, and universal design principles. It fosters active participation, encouraging collaborative support and knowledge sharing among peers. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations at the Digital Tech Summit in Copenhagen from October 30-31, 2024, funded by the Government of Denmark.

The challenge invites entries under two tracks: one for students and the other for young entrepreneurs, both under the age of 35. Early-stage startups, researchers, and young innovators committed to driving positive environmental change are encouraged to apply. The student journey emphasizes Digital Action for Societal Impact, supported by external partners through sustainability challenges with a specific focus on digitization. The Young Entrepreneurs track offers an exciting opportunity for Indian technology start-ups in the early stages to accelerate their ideas and form global partnerships.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of AIM – ICDK Water Challenge 4.0 and the fifth edition of Innovations For You – SDG Entrepreneurs of India,” said Mission Director AIM, NITI Aayog Dr. Chintan Vaishnav. “These initiatives epitomize our relentless pursuit of innovation and sustainability, propelling India towards a brighter, more resilient future. Through collaborative efforts with partners like ICDK and the Royal Danish Embassy in India, we aim to address pressing challenges and empower young innovators to drive positive change in both countries. We encourage all passionate students along with startups to seize this opportunity.”

Minister Counsellor Soren Norrelund Kannik-Marquardsen of the Royal Danish Embassy in New Delhi, added, “I am happy to see that the Water Challenge encompasses the 5 S’s in the Green Strategic Partnership (GSP) between India and Denmark – Skills, Scale, Scope, Sustainability, and Speed. This challenge aims to combine the skills of Danish and Indian entrepreneurs to solve global challenges. We are proud to say that this partnership is in its fourth year running, highlighting the dedication of young innovators in solving some of the world’s most critical issues. We highly encourage young innovators to take this opportunity to address some of the biggest problems in the world.”

Applications open on June 10, 2024, with the deadline set for June 20, 2024. Interested applicants can apply at

Alongside the Water Challenge, AIM introduced the fifth edition of ‘Innovations For You,’ a coffee table book series spotlighting the efforts of SDG Entrepreneurs of India. This edition features 60 entrepreneurs from across India, each contributing to societal betterment through sustainable innovations, focusing on recyclable and renewable materials, green energy, inclusive education, and advocacy for underrepresented communities and local artisans.

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