What is the FLCTD Low Carbon Technology Accelerator?
FLCTD Low Carbon Technology Accelerator offers business capacity building to start-ups and innovators developing innovative solutions that can reduce energy usage and dependence on fossil fuels leading to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
What differentiates it from other programs?
Specifically designed for cleantech entrepreneurs working with challenges in improving resource efficiency in industries
Helps start-ups validate and refine their business strategy for financial and environmental sustainability and prepares for scale-up
Participants are closely guided by mentors and advisors from industry, incubators and venture capitals and the interactions continue, post accelerator
Participants are prepared for FLCTD Innovation Challenges, where winners receive grant award and support for technology validation and performance verification
Industrial Low Carbon Technology
Alternative low-GHG manufacturing
Transformative recycling solutions for energy intensive products
Reduce, capture and re-use of fugitive GHG emissions
Commercial & Residential Energy Use
Highly efficient HVAC Systems with low-GHG, non-HFC refrigerant
Sustainable envelopes & reduced building heat load
Energy Efficient Appliances for domestic use
Energy storage solutions
Improve RE & ESS grid integration
Grid Demand-Response Management
Extension of batteries useful life
Fuel cells and Hydrogen generation and storage
AI, ML, IoT, Deep Tech
Enhance reliability and efficiency of manufacturing processes
Enhance reliability of grids and reduce distribution losses
Convert waste to energy
Tackle single-use plastic waste
Conserve water in manufacturing
Minimize wastage during manufacturing
Reduction of use of chemicals & consumables (lubricating oils, hydraulic oils, cleaning agents etc)
Food & Agriculture
Technologies that reduce GHG emissions in agriculture
Eliminating wastage in the Agricultural value-chain
Product Market Fit
Lab to Launch
IP/Licensing & Governance
Manage for growth
Scaling for Startups
Call for applications
June 1st, 2020
Startup interviews & follow up field visits
July 1st - 31st, 2020
Announcement of Cohort
August 1st, 2020
December 15th, 2020
3 day demo day event
August 20th, 2020
3 day Launch Event
Weekly Webinars and Mentor catchup calls
Weekly Webinars and Mentor catchup calls
3 day mid-term retreat
October 20th, 2020
Reshmi Vasudevan from UNIDO shares what she observed after the Launch of the Accelerator
Chandan Gadgil, a mentor of the program, shares the session he found the most interesting.
Tarang Patel, a participating startup, shares his feedback after a successful 3 day Launch event.
"A product can be sold based on low emissions but it should also be a better product. A smart gadget and a nice design can help you sell better."
- Rene Van Berkel
Representative, UNIDO Regional Office, India
Frequently asked questions
How many start-ups are you planning to support under the Accelerator?
25 participants will be supported in the 2nd batch of the FLCTD Accelerator which will be launched in August 2020.
Do you need to have the prototype ready before applying?
We are looking for applicants with a prototype ready. However, if you have proof-of-concept, for a well-thought feasible idea and market strategy, we will be interested in supporting you.
Can an internationally registered company apply for the Accelerator? Or do we need Indian registered company?
Yes you can, however, there should either be a subsidiary of your company in India or have plans to set up an operation base in India.
We have already applied for FLCTD challenge, if our start-up gets selected in the Challenge, shall we be disqualified for the Accelerator?
No. Regardless of your application to the innovation challenge, the accelerator is open to all and offers business building resource and knowledge sharing for the cohorts which adds value to their understanding of their business and helps them reach the market faster and better.
Is physical participation necessary considering COVID-19 challenge?
Of course not. The setbacks from COVID 19 might not allow us to have physical participation in such difficult times. Hence the curriculum will focus online activities and mentoring, including the interaction of all members of the cohort along with mentor meets and webinars for a seamless curriculum during the COVID-19 restrictions.
How is the Accelerator different from FLCTD Annual Innovation Challenge?
The FLCTD project conducts Innovation Challenges – which are open competitions to identify innovative low-carbon solutions for specific technology areas indicated under the project. The Challenge looks for innovative products/solutions that ready to go the market, or at a pre-commercialization phase are selected. Read more about FLCTD Innovation Challenges here:
The accelerator on the other hand, is focussed on mentoring and helping startups get to a market ready stage so that they have a better chance of winning the challenge and reach a steady month on month sales and revenue stage.
What kind of support does FLCTD Accelerator offer?
- Chance to be recognised as one of the top 25 Low Carbon Technology startups in the country.
- Exclusive mentoring from sector experts.
- Dedicated knowledge building sessions on Product development, Market Research and Investment etc.
- Opportunity to showcase your innovation on Demo day.
- Improve your chances of getting selected in FLCTD’s next round of Innovation challenges.
We have working model, but we are yet to register a company. Can we still apply?
Accelerators are more beneficial for startups and small companies who have a business plan and are now planning to go to the market with their product. You might first need an incubation support. Please write to us for more details.
Can we apply even though we have a partnership firm?
Yes, you can. As long you have an India registered office, or are in the process of registering an office in India, you are eligible to apply for the Accelerator.
Why Low Carbon Technology Accelerator?
“The webinars were quite explanatory. The assignments needed help from the sangam team as certain aspects we were not exposed to earlier.”
- Tarang Patel, Intech Harness
(Accelerator Programme 2019 cohort)
“Coming from an academic background, The FLCTD program was very useful to understand the business aspects and terminologies beyond R&D”
- Varun Raj, PSG College
(Accelerator Programme 2019 cohort)
“An ecosystem of partners can be created to drive clean technology startup pipeline.”
- Chandan Gadgil, Mentor
“The mentor mentee interactions were really good and well planned. However more monthly or bio-monthly updates sessions along with the Sangam team and start-ups will add value to the cohort”
- Ganesh Kaveeshwar, Mentor
The Low Carbon Technology Accelerator is implemented under the FLCTD project by Sangam Ventures
The Facility for Low Carbon Technology Deployment (FLCTD) promotes innovation of low-carbon technologies and its deployment in industrial and other related sectors of Indian economy. The project conducts annual 'Innovation Challenge' competitions that identifies innovative low carbon technologies and solutions to improve efficient end-use of energy, which in turn helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long run. FLCTD is implemented by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
About Sangam Ventures
Sangam Ventures is a seed and early stage venture fund that invests to improve access to sustainable energy and resource productivity solutions for the underserved in India that can lead to inclusive development and creation of communities that are resilient to climate change. Sangam also is host to AIC-Sangam, India’s first cleantech incubator, established under the Atal Innovation Mission scheme in collaboration with Niti Aayog, which is dedicated to fight climate change.