Programme Guidelines
  • Eligibility
    • The ICT Innovation Challenge is open to all Indian participants from 16 years or above. Participants may apply as individuals, or as teams of up to 5 members each.
    • Your submission could be either an existing, functional one or could be in an idea/concept stage
  • Submissions
    • Your entry must include your full name, email, mobile number, educational details, date of birth, team name & team members.
    • Your entry must include the Title of the Idea submitted.
    • Your entry must be in any of the following formats: PDF, Word Document, PNG, PPT, Video or a URL.
    • The entries should not be more than 5MB in size.
    • For Video entries, upload the video on Google Drive with open access and upload the link. The video cannot be more than 5 minutes.
  • General Conditions
    • Participants can participate in the competition more than once with different submissions and as a part of different teams or individually by submitting a separate entry. Multiple submissions of same entry form will not be accepted.
    • Originality: If an idea has been patented by, or is the property of, a third party, the originator of the idea must agree in writing to the use of the idea by the applicant and must be expressly credited in the submission document itself.
    • It is strictly prohibited to copy your submission, in part or in full, from Internet resources, books or other sources. If any external knowledge is used, it should be explicitly referenced.
    • Submissions received before the deadline will be eligible.
    • We will not take responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged entries.
    • Submissions that haven't been delivered accordance to these terms and other rules and guidelines, or submissions that are incomplete or illegible (in accordance with the organiser’s opinion) may be disqualified at any stage of the programme.
  • Judging Process
    • The evaluation of all business ideas will be undertaken by The Times of India in consultation with the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Chandigarh Angels Network (CAN).
    • Submissions will be judged on the basis of: strength of the idea/concept, commercial viability and possible impact on the target market.
    • Following the deadline, the Jury will judge all the completed entries and select finalists. The finalists will be contacted individually.
    • The Jury reserve the right to disqualify the entry if they find any of the guidelines have been violated.
    • During the judging process, the jury may call upon the participant to share more details of his idea to ratify details of the same.
    • The decision of the Jury will be the final decision and cannot be appealed.
  • Other Details
    • Participants whose ideas make to either the first or second shortlist will be allow their names and pictures to appear in TOI communication for the programme.
    • The ideas submitted will remain the Intellectual Property (IP) of the participant/s. All details of the idea will remain confidential.
    • Confidentiality (a) Members of the Jury are be appointed on the basis that they are prohibited from disclosing or using any details of the participants’ submissions or any other information submitted in connection with the Innovation Challenge, except in accordance with the guidelines of the judging process, (b) The Innovation Challenge programme cannot accept any responsibility for the actions of any jury panel member or Mentor for their obligations in respect of confidentiality. (c) The Innovation Challenge, TOI, ISB or CAN will not sign any Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with participants. While every effort will be made to preserve the confidentiality of each submission, it is suggested that highly sensitive material be excluded from the entry if a team is concerned about the confidentiality of such material. Note, however, that finalist teams will be making brief presentations to a Jury and an audience. Of course, technical drawings and formulae need not be shown at this presentation, or included in the business plan. All reasonable measures to ensure the protection of intellectual property of the submission received for the Innovation Challenge. Protection of such rights is however, ultimately the responsibility of each entrepreneur.
    • Any costs associated with participation in the programme will have to be borne by the participants.
    • Correspondence: Any correspondence to participants will be directed by email and/or SMS and/or letter to your email address and/or postal address as provided by you.
    • Mentoring/Boot-camp: Participants whose ideas are judged the best in terms of the guidelines of the programme will be given the opportunity to be part of a mentoring/boot-camp programme. The contours of this programme will be decided by TOI in consultation with its partners ISB and CAN. The content of this boot-camp module will be communicated only to a select group of participants who make it to the relevant stage of the programme.
    • Seed Funding: The Innovation Challenge does not commit seed funding to any participant at the beginning of the programme. If any member of the programme partners are interested in funding the idea of any participant, this will be a decision to be mutually taken by the investor and the participant. There will be no involvement of the programme partners in influencing this decision. Deciding funding – in terms of number of ideas funded and the quantum of funds – will be the sole prerogative of the investor.
    • In case funding is achieved, through or as a result of the programme, of any participating idea, TOI will be free to write about this achievement in the paper.
    • The Terms and Conditions of participation in the Innovation Challenge can be changed at any time without prior notice. The amended Terms and Conditions of participation will be effective immediately upon being posted on the website. Keeping abreast of the terms and conditions on the website is the sole responsibility of the participant.
    • Termination: The programme may at any time and for any reason: (a) disqualify an entrepreneur the Innovation Challenge if the members of the jury, in their absolute discretion, determines that such disqualification is warranted; or (b) discontinue the programme by posting a notice to that effect on the Website.
    • Disputes, if any, are subject to the jurisdiction in the courts of Delhi only. Conditions apply.