With the world bracing and fighting against a pandemic unknown to humankind less than a year ago, COVID-19 has, for better or for worse, changed the way lives were being lived. This change has not only led to the collapse of many existing industries but also has paved the way for several emerging ones. It has pushed us into rethinking, revisiting our ways, to fit the new normal. Innovation is the guiding light that would provide support and sustainability to this new future.
UN Global Compact Network India and Atal Incubation Centre- BIMTECH along with Birla Institute of Management Technology are providing a platform, “Global Impact Innovation Challenge (GIIC 2020)”, an international innovation challenge to highlight the solutions to the problems of the COVID era and beyond. The Challenge endeavours to find the most promising innovations, and enable them to create an impact at the global level.
GIIC 2020 is inviting innovators who have a ready-to-market idea, or an existing venture (not more than 3 years), that could create sustainable impact. Also, the innovation is required to demonstrate significant impact through results or proof of concept.
Inception of Global Impact Innovation Challenge (GIIC 2020)
Atal Incubation Centre- BIMTECH hosted an international innovation challenge in the fond memory of Late Shri B.K Birla Ji in 2019-20, by the name of B.K Birla Global Innovation Challenge 2020 (BGIC 2020), which attracted 860 innovations across 5 countries. (PFA the document for detailed insights about the event). This event was partnered with UN Global Compact Network India, which sowed the seeds of a partnership that would foster in the coming time.
During the spread of COVID-19, when the world was trying to understand these rapidly changing and volatile times, we saw a ray of light in the spurt of innovations that are capable of addressing seemingly new issues the world faces. As both entities recognized that their focus lies towards the same goal, i.e. supporting innovation that can provide solutions to the new problems in these new times, during the pandemic and after, Global Impact Innovation Challenge 2020 came into existence.
In order to be eligible to apply and participate, all teams must meet the following criteria:
The Judges will review and evaluate the Impact Proposals of all the teams using the following criteria:
Some Important Details about GIIC 2020*