Manifesto

India has been on the verge of greatness for too long. It's time to change that. It’s time to make the world sit up and take notice. To create disruptive solutions that transform lives. To lead in enterprise and innovation. To see "Made in India" mean best in the world. It’s time. To Spark the Rise of India. 

 


 

Why we’re doing this

India is a billion possibilities. We have the potential to create innovations that truly disrupt the way we lead our lives; breakthroughs that transform our world. With a billion people, we believe we can achieve more.

Through Spark the Rise, we are hoping to inspire and enable Indians to innovate more, disrupt more, create more, and push boundaries that will make the world sit up and take notice.

 

5 Things to know

  1. We seek to inspire and enable world-class innovation and entrepreneurship in India.

    We want to build a culture of innovation. This will happen when innovators and entrepreneurs across the spectrum, from grassroots to high-tech, come together. From innovation challenges that push the boundaries of scientific discovery, to business opportunities that defy entrepreneurial achievement; from inspiration that drives you to take action to research reports that convince you to accept no limits, Spark the Rise is here to inspire and enable the Rise of a world-class India.  

    Since our launch in 2011, we have given nearly $1 million to up-and-coming innovators, supported them with an ecosystem of partners, and given them exposure in national media.

    What you see here is just the beginning…watch this space.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  2. We follow a collaborative approach to innovation: we achieve scale by connecting people, partners, and resources.

    From development agencies and investors, incubators and accelerators, to research centers and individuals who have the passion and drive to see India innovate, we are here to make the connections that inspire and enable the rise of disruptive innovations in India. Collaboration is our path to scale.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  3. We believe in encouraging innovations of all kinds, shapes, and sizes.

    From innovations that power off-grid communities to technologies that produce nanotubes at nano-prices and breakthroughs that inch closer to finding a cure for cancer, our entrepreneurs are driving positive change and shaping the face of innovation in the 21st century. Whether it is connecting entrepreneurs to resources, featuring innovators on television, or connecting passionate individuals with the country’s most influential and powerful figures through Amazing Indians, Spark the Rise is a connector, a platform, and a resource to catalyse innovation.                                                                                                                                                                                

  4. You will find different programs on Spark the Rise: whether you are a grassroots entrepreneur, a disruptive innovator or someone who wants to make a difference, you will find something for you here.

    Whether it is an innovation challenge to push the boundaries of what is possiblean early-stage investment for your company, or an entrepreneur-in-residence program to incubate your idea, Spark the Rise has something to offer you. Curating partners from across the innovation spectrum, our belief is that disruptive change will happen when the best minds and talent are combined with a powerful and ambitious vision. That is why day in and day out mentors, advisors, incubators, funders and supporters are convened to Spark the Rise—what you see today is just the beginning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  5. Beyond programs, we are a community of like-minded individuals passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship: our resources section is a great place to start

    Spark the Rise is more than just applying to programs—it is building on the dream to create something world-class that can transform lives. It means being a part of this movement to see world-changing breakthroughs come out of India. Whether it is an innovator applying to a program, a partner incubating an idea, a mentor lending a helping hand, or a passionate individual reading about world-class innovation in India in our Resources section, Spark the Rise means taking action. Join our community of dreamers and doers who, like us, believe that it’s time for India to realise its billion possibilities.