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MoHUA to organise ‘India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Conclave’

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is organising a national level ‘India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Conclave’ on March 12 at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, with an aim to start the communication with start-ups in the water sector. The Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri will launch ‘India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Start-up Challenge’ during the conclave and deliver the keynote address. The Ministry will select 100 start-ups through this challenge, which will be provided Rs 20 lakhs as funding support.

The Prime Minister had launched the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0 (AMRUT 2.0) on October 1, 2021, with the aim of making Indian cities ‘Aatma Nirbhar’ and ‘Water Secure.’ The Mission envisages providing functional water tap connections to all urban households, providing universal household coverage of sewerage/septage services in 500 AMRUT cities, undertaking rejuvenation of water bodies, recycle/reuse of treated used water, rainwater harvesting and provision of green spaces thereby improving ease of living.

Technology sub-mission is a key component of AMRUT 2.0 which focuses on providing financial anchor as well as mentoring to start-ups to “Pitch, Pilot-and scale” solutions to address water problems in Indian cities. The new and emerging technologies resulting from the thriving start-up ecosystem in India are providing breakthrough solutions for urban water problems which will be harnessed for achieving the objectives of the Mission.

More than 50 start-ups will pitch/exhibit innovative solutions for urban water problems. User, industry, sector experts and investors will also attend the conclave. This conclave is expected to be a starting point for interaction between users such as States/ cities/ parastatal agencies, start-ups, sector experts and industry. Users will also get first-hand experience of innovative solutions.

MoHUA Secretary Manoj Joshi, Mission Director and Additional Secretary AMRUT (MoHUA) D Thara and other senior officials from MoHUA will participate in the Conclave.

Two-panel discussions are also planned in the conclave. In the first panel discussion on ‘Leveraging Start-up Ecosystem to solve urban challenges’ speakers from Quantela, Paytm, Delhivery, Urban Company, Zoho, Rainmatter Foundation will share their views. In the second Panel Discussion on ‘Industry Platforms for scaling up Start-ups’ speakers from CISCO and Microsoft will participate.

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