Hyderabad E-Mobility Week Hosts Grand Finale of CASE Mobility’s Start-up Challenge
– Innovative Start-ups Present Groundbreaking Solutions in the Sustainability of Mobility at the CASE Mobility Grand Start-up Challenge Finale.
Hyderabad, 7th February 2023: The C.A.S.E. Mobility Grand Start-up Challenge was held as part of the ongoing Hyderabad E-Mobility Week from 5th to 11th February 2023. This challenge aimed to accelerate innovation in the areas of Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric (C.A.S.E.) mobility in India. Founders of seven startups from different states in India, including Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, took part in the finals of the challenge.
The young entrepreneurs presented their innovative business ideas to the jury at the challenge finale. They made strong pitches, showcasing their innovations and demonstrating the potential of their ideas to contribute to the growth of the C.A.S.E. mobility space in India. The challenge provided a platform for startups to showcase their talents and potential, while also creating opportunities for networking, mentorship, and investment.
Speaking at the occasion, Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics & Communications, and Industries & Commerce Departments, Govt. of Telangana said, “The C.A.S.E Mobility Grand Challenge is an important part of the Hyderabad E-Mobility Week and addresses important aspects of innovation in new-age mobility. Innovation will help fuel the movement to sustainable mobility and I wish all the participants a great journey ahead.”
At the CASE Mobility Grand Start-up Challenge, held as part of the Hyderabad E-Mobility Week, two startups emerged as winners, i-elektrik and NeoMotion. i-elektrik, a startup that creates smart charging solutions for the emerging EV markets, won the Challenge and will receive a grant of INR 15 lakhs for their project. Meanwhile, NeoMotion, an IIT Madras startup that creates transformative electric products for wheelchair users, was adjudged the runner-up and will also receive a grant of INR 15 lakhs for their project.
The Challenge also saw participation from several other innovative startups such as Hala Mobility, Adiabatic, Comuti Energy Vayu, Aatral, and AutoNXt. Hala Mobility provides a multimodal EV shared mobility platform, while Adiabatic is a social enterprise that provides scalable intelligent Battery Management System technology. Comuti Energy Vayu is a sustainable mobility venture with patented technology for fuel cell storage, and Aatral develops innovative cathode for Sodium-Ion batteries as an alternative to lithium batteries. AutoNXt builds driverless electric tractors and high voltage electric powertrains.
Saurabh Bakliwal, MD & Partner, BCG, one of the juries for the event, said, “The solutions built by the startups in CASE challenge were truly very bold, taking on leading global companies with deep tech solutions. It was really energising to witness the impressive quality of their submissions and be a part of the jury, evaluating and celebrating the brilliance of these entrepreneurs.”
The C.A.S.E. Mobility Grand Start-up Challenge, organized by the Government of Telangana in partnership with T-Hub and Telangana Mobility Valley (TMV), provided a platform for startups to showcase innovative and sustainable solutions for the challenges faced in urban mobility in India. The event was attended by prominent industry leaders including Sascha Ricanek, VP of ZF RaceEngineering, Vikram Garga, Group Head of Marketing at Apollo Tyres, Sanjeev P, Head of Micro Mobility at TVS Motor, Mamatha Chamarthi, Head of Software & Business Product Management at Stellantis, and Prof. Rajalashmi, Director of TiHan, IIT Hyderabad, who served as jury members.
Telangana, known for being at the forefront of the green mobility revolution, launched its EV&ESS policy in 2020 and has since established itself as a hub for technology and innovation, with a presence of numerous global IT players and auto industries. The state’s focus on promoting new and sustainable mobility through initiatives like the C.A.S.E. Mobility Grand Start-up Challenge, has made it a prime destination for entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors seeking to drive change in urban mobility. For more information on the event, please visit https://www.evhyderabad.in.