Innovation Summit: 10-11 September 2019, New Delhi
In the last two decades, India has witnessed rapid economic growth, but it faces a major challenge of ensuring that this growth is resource-efficient, environmentally sustainable and equitable for a growing population. This challenge combined with an increasingly aware middle class makes India an ideal testing ground for developing solutions that have an impact at scale.
There has been an explosion of home-grown innovations and clean technology start-ups in India over the past decade. However, a strong ecosystem that cultivates innovative technologies to commercial scale is needed to unleash the potential of such innovations to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. The Government of India has undertaken several initiatives to deliver this ecosystem including Startup India, Digital India, and Atal Innovation Mission, amongst others.
Results from the 3rd UN Innovation Capacity Mapping1 suggest that while organizations prioritize innovations, there is a large capability gap when it comes to scaling them up. Partnerships between the private sector, entrepreneurial organizations and governments need to be strengthened along with, inter alia, the promotion of seed funding needs’ customization and platforms for experience sharing and learning.
Recognizing the importance of the issue, UNEP has taken up the initiative to create a platform that brings together eminent national and international participants – thought leaders, opinion shapers, policymakers, business heads- and some of the most promising innovators who are defining a new normal in the way we put sustainability into practice, to deliberate on these issues.
Innovation Summit 2019
The first edition of the Innovation Summit & Exhibition is being organized on 10 – 11 September 2019, at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, 15 Janpath, New Delhi. Seven themes have been chosen for the Summit keeping in mind India’s priorities, relevance to SDGs and NDCs, and the technical expertise of the Summit partners.
The two-day event will include a series of panel discussions, keynote addresses and fireside conversations along with an exhibition of innovations on the above themes.
The sessions will deliberate on challenges and the way forward, with an underlying focus on technological, institutional and business innovations. The Exhibition will provide physical space for select innovators/entrepreneurs to showcase their work. The innovations to be exhibited have been selected by an independent panel based on a rigorous process that included multiple criteria such as stage of prototype, relevance to India, the potential for replication and scale-up, technology validation, impact etc. The Summit will provide the opportunity to at least eighteen innovations to showcase their work and interact with policymakers, business advisors, incubators, entrepreneurs, and financiers.
The Summit will use the combined convening power and global leadership of the organizers to showcase potentially game-changing innovations and bring together thought leaders representing different stakeholder groups to explore strategies for accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in India.
The Summit partners include United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Women, United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL), International Solar Alliance (ISA), Cool Coalition, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), Observer Research Foundation (ORF), ReNew Power, Microsoft for Startups, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), World Resources Institute, India (WRI) and Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
For more information, contact:
Shaila Sam, Communication and Media Specialist, UN Environment India: firstname.lastname@example.org