Congratulations to the Winners of the India Plastic Challenge Hackathon 2021 - Click here to view the Winners OR see the Hackthon section below

India Plastic Challenge 2021 is a platform for students and young innovators to put forth their ideas or showcase solutions that aim at reducing Single-Use Plastics (SUPs), leading the nation towards circular economy

India Plastic Challenge Hackathon 2021

Shri Narendra Modi,
Hon'ble Prime Minister of India
Bhupender Yadav,
Hon'ble Minister (Environment, Forest & Climate Change)
Ashwini Kumar Choubey,
Hon'ble Minister of State (Environment, Forest & Climate Change)


Track 1 - Digital Solutions for Plastic Waste

To effectively track and monitor plastic waste

Indicative Themes

Track 2 - Elimination of Single-Use Plastics

To provide affordable alternatives and reduce dependence on plastics

Indicative Themes

Who can apply for the challenge?

Open for students and startups with a clearly defined solution

For Students:

  • Students currently pursuing Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate course from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of India
  • No student enrolled in an academic programme will be considered as a startup

For Startups:

  • The startup must be registered under the Startup India Scheme by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)*
  • * If the startup does not have a DPIIT registration at the time of application, they should register themselves before 5th August 2021



Top 3 winners get a prize of
INR 1 lakh each


Top 3 winners get a prize of
INR 5 lakh each

What does the program offer?

Half-day workshop on designing the business case

Coaching on developing business case

Mentoring sessions with industry executives

Pitching session &
award ceremony

What is the program process?

  • Application phase – Submit an entry form with a clearly defined solution according to the eligibility criteria
  • Shortlisting – After evaluation of the applications received, the most promising entries with innovative solutions will be shortlisted
  • Program coaching and mentoring – The shortlisted applicants will be supported through business coaching webinars and one-on-one mentoring with industry experts
  • Pitch session – Shortlisted participants will be asked to submit a presentation or pitch. The jury will select winners from each track post the pitching session
  • Announcement of winners – For each of the two categories (student and startup), 3 winners will be chosen to be awarded cash prizes


Organizing Partner

Technical Partner

Challenge Partner