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About the Program

We want to revolutionise driving on Indian roads. This innovation carries the promise of transforming our lives and addressing a range of challenges: from decreased road mortality rates and driver fatigue, to increased environmental friendliness that makes transportation more inclusive for people of all abilities –the possibilities are endless.

This document contains complete information on the Challenge including quantified deliverables, evaluation criteria, and timelines. Applications now open.


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What's in it for you

  1. $700,000 to build a driverless car that can revolutionize transportation in India.
  2. Meet with industry experts, potential mentors, and join a growing community of innovation stars in India.
  3. Get privileged access to events across the country, and take part in webinars, Twitter chats, and Google Hangouts.
  4. Free access to our Resources section for the latest updates on the innovation landscape in India.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants for the Challenge must be registered on
  2. Individuals, teams, organizations or institutions from India, working on the innovation within the geographical limits of India are eligible to participate in this Challenge.
  3. Non-Indians, residing in India, associated with an Indian organization or institution can participate provided that the work on the challenge is carried out within the geographical boundaries of India.
  4. Team sizes can range from 1 to 20 members. A comprehensive list of criteria can be accessed here.


DateStage / Phase
24 March 2014 - 19 September 2014 Submission of Applications
07 April 2014 - 06 October 2014 Evaluation of Applications and Announcements (Continuous Process)
14 April 2014 - 09 January 2015 Approach Note Submission
02 June 2014 - 16 February 2015 Approach Note Evaluation and Announcements (Continuous Process)
16 January 2015 - 20 March 2015 Live Presentations
13 February 2015 - 16 April 2015 Evaluation of Live Presentations
17 April 2015 Announcement of teams selected to move to Stage 1
15 April 2016 Working Prototypes (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced Jan 16th 2015)
17 October 2016 Full Solution Demonstration (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced later)

Intellectual Property

Mahindra has no claims whatsoever on a team’s Intellectual Property (IP).Teams are expected to take all necessary steps to protect their IP and obtain patents. Mahindra will not play any role whatsoever in helping teams obtain patents. EY are the process advisors on the Rise Prize. They oversee the entire process and ensure a safe and fair competition. A comprehensive set of guidelines on IP can be found here.

Approach Note

After submitting your application, you will receive a notification within 15 days if you have been shortlisted for the next stage. Only shortlisted applicants will be required to fill in an Approach Note.

The Approach Note is a more detailed description of your innovation and will help the jury evaluate your participation in further rounds.

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  • 27 February 2014Mahindra's $1 million bounty awaits desi innovators

    Part of Mahindra's first edition of the $1 million 'Rise Prize'— was unveiled on Feb 28th, 2014, National Science Day—to spur breakthrough Indian innovation which captures the mainstream imagination. [Link]



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