Trip-hailing firm Uber has mentioned it’s partnering with Startup India and Gujarat-based start-up incubation centre iCreate on an innovation fund to assist new concepts to drive adoption of electrical automobiles throughout the nation.
The ‘Inexperienced Mobility Innovation Problem’, which might be hosted on the Startup India portal, invitations submissions from people and start-ups that concentrate on innovation in areas of two- and three-wheelers, charging station accessibility, Uber mentioned in a press release.
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That is for potential partnership or monetary fashions that may enhance EV uptake in India, it added.
Final yr, the corporate had introduced USD 800 million in assets in direction of serving to drivers transition to EVs by 2025, and 100 per cent emission-free rides globally by 2040.
Uber has beforehand additionally partnered with Mahindra and SUN Mobility and Lithium.
Below the partnership introduced on Thursday, 10 winners, as chosen by a panel of 5 trade consultants, will obtain two months of mentorship by Uber’s technical, engineering, and go-to-market groups and iCreate.
Of the ten winners, Uber will disburse a grant of Rs 7.5 million (USD 1.01 lakh) among the many top-5 start-ups, adopted by six months of incubation at iCreate, it mentioned.
“To additional strengthen the nation’s rising EV ecosystem, we’re partnering with Startup India and iCreate on the ‘Uber Inexperienced Mobility Innovation Problem’ to see what nice concepts are on the market.
“It’s an honour to have the ability to assist India’s many entrepreneurs in addressing one of the vital urgent problems with our time,” mentioned Prabhjeet Singh, president of Uber India South Asia.
In India, Uber has over 5,500 EVs on its platform throughout merchandise and just lately, Delhi turned the primary metropolis within the nation the place riders can guide e-rickshaws on the Uber app.
Deepak Bagla, MD and CEO of Make investments India, mentioned, “India is working in direction of empowering start-ups, particularly these within the subject of e-mobility to satisfy the SDG (sustainable growth purpose) targets.”
He added that innovation is the cornerstone of growth for India. “By means of such challenges, we wish to contribute to strengthening the start-up ecosystem in India.”
Rajiv Bose, head of enterprise at iCreate, mentioned, “It’s our imaginative and prescient to advertise the expansion of entrepreneurial capital that leverages innovation and know-how. By partnering with Uber India, we’re furthering the identical imaginative and prescient on a bigger scale by reaching out to start-ups throughout India.”
The way forward for electrical automobiles in India is promising, and iCreate appears ahead to guiding the collaborating start-ups to construct this future for the nation, he added.