The Cohort focuses on the specific areas of Health, Sanitation and Waste Management in the context of a Smart City

  • Health
    Key Focus Areas:
    Improving Emergency Response Time
    Improving Patient Care Through Technology
    Preventive Healthcare
  • Sanitation
    Key Focus Areas:
    Improving State of Toilets
    Improving Sanitation For Women
    Improving Accessibility
    Bio & Mobile Toilets
  • Waste Management
    Key Focus Areas:
    Waste to energy
    Waste to compost
    Waste segregation at source
    Organising the sector
Deep Industry Connect

Mentors with proven track record and experience in the Smart City domain areas. A good mix of senior industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

Strategic Mentor

a Mentor for a startup. Matchmaking of right mentor to a startup. 50% of the program sweat equity charged goes to the Mentor.

Disciplined Followups

Aggressive weekly follow ups to assist with rapid pivoting, focus on gaining early business traction.

Media Visibility

Visibility through various events and media interactions, at least 2 -3 media exposures during the course of the batch.

Design Support

Software and Hardware design related support services incl. UI/UX and architecture level design support.

Investment Support

Investment support incl. Investor ready PowerPoint and business model spreadsheet preparation , hunting and pitching support.

Business Acceleration

Gain momentum and upgrade your venture to the next phase of its business cycle

Legal & Statutory Support

Help with due diligence, statutory clearances, taxation etc.

Access to Government Schemes

Advise on relevant government programs and schemes, Startup India registration

  • A team that is committed to their idea and has the burning desire to not only achieve but exceed their goals.
  • A team that is available to be present and actively participate for the entire 20-week program agenda.
  • Access to potential funding through a fund managed by the accelerator, along with access to external funding.
  • 2% equity will be charged towards mentoring and for access to the program’s combined network.
  • The Team

    We look at the founding team - their passion, team dynamics, experience; and what will it be like to work with them. We back entrepreneurs who are driven and won't pack up and leave at the first sign of challenge.

  • The Idea

    We want to understand the rationale behind the idea. Why was this chosen? What problem does it solve and for whom? What makes it unique, viable, and feasible and a winning idea for us to back?

  • The Stage

    The start-up should have moved beyond the idea stage to execution - preferably with at least a rough prototype or an early proof of concept. Start-ups which are in expansion mode are probably beyond the scope of this cohort.

Contact Classes

  • Ashoka University

The Cohort kicked off with the first contact class at Ashoka University focussing on the mentors understanding the business model canvas of the startups and in turn, working with them on not only their operating plan, but also on various marketing and branding techniques. Startups also devoted time in perfecting the art of pitching their ventures, learning about impact investments, acquiring knowledge about the legal requirements and the importance of technology based solutions in environmental change.

Ashoka University
Ashoka University
Ashoka University
Ashoka University


  • 15 Jun 2018
    Application Open
  • 16 Sep 2018
    Application Closes
  • 28 Sep 2018
    Jury Day
  • 24-26 Oct 2018
    Cohort Begins Ashoka University
  • To Be Announced
    Contact Class ISB Hyderabad
  • To Be Announced
    Contact Class Microsoft (Demo Day)


  • Rajesh C. Mathur

  • Anant Singh

  • Prarthana Borah

  • Saurabh Rai

  • Ishan Gupta

  • Anirudh Rastogi

  • Shwetank Verma

  • Pranay Gupta

  • Sunil Polly

  • Ranjitha Shivaram

  • Suneel Bandhu

  • Jai Kumar Gaurav

  • Prasoon Sharma

  • Aschwin Van Der Woude

  • Andrés Peianovich Deirós


Eco-system partners


  • Cohort 2016
  • Cohort 2017
  • Cohort 2018
Sukriti Social Foundation
Smartify Health
Tech For Impact
Padcare Labs
SmartClean Technologies


  • About the Program
  • About the Application Process
+ Why choose AIM Smart City?
+ Do you accept startups at the idea stage?
+ Do you invest in competing companies?
+ What kind of company formation and regulatory support will you provide?
+ What will the interaction between the Accelerator and the start-up be like?
+ Are there any location constraints?
+ How can we get funded after acceleration program ends?
+ Can startups leverage ISB and Ashoka University brands in their presentations to potential clients/ investor?
+ What does the Accelerator get in return?
+ Will you sign an NDA? How do I know you won't steal my idea?
+ What if I have more questions I need answered before I apply?
+ What are the selection criteria for the accelerator?
+ How many rounds of evaluation are there?
+ What is a Jury Day?
+ When will I hear back about my application?