Applications Close on the 30th September

Student-led startups who presented in the previous 3 Finales of Grand Challenge have collectively raised $22M in funding, till date

Eligibility Criteria 

Current students, university dropouts or founders who have graduated in the last three years (2020 or afterwards) can apply. The Challenge is sector agnostic and startups from any sector can apply! 
Upon submitting the applications the participants will go through 3 rounds of elimination including a mentorship round 

Grand Finale

The top 15 Startups will pitch to the Grand Jury in Person on the Pre-Finale to be held in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi.

The top 5 startups selected in the Pre-finale will pitch to the Grand Jury on 14th of December. The jury will deliberate over the finalists and declare the “Student Startup of the Year 2023” as the winner of Grand Challenge.

Top 3 winners will be accelerated to Campus Fund Investment Committee for an investment of upto 4 Crores to fuel their ventures which will be held on 17th of December

Benefits to All Applicants   


  1. 1.Upto $25,000 in AWS Credits, +80 exclusive offers in cost reductions and free access to third-party services, products, and memberships to help startups build, grow, and scale, valued up to $800,000.
  3. 2. Top 100 startups will receive Incubation opportunities at NSRCEL-IIM Bangalore or Deshpande Startups 
  5. 3. Access to I-Work@ISB and 0xCamp by Foundership  
  7. 4. Entry into the 14 week Ignite Program by Wadhwani Foundation
  9. 5. One Female Student Entrepreneur will be given access to WinPE Mentorship Program
  10. As part of the Grand Challenge student entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to interact with Who's Who of India Inc., including:
  11. Grer
    1. Fireside Chat with Deep Kalra (Founder of Makemytrip.com)

  12. 2. Masterclass on Fundraising by Omidyar Network India 

  13. 3. Masterclass for Web 3.0 / Crypto Startups by Foundership and much more..

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