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Net Zero Challenge by Shell E4 I PCI Contest Alert

Registration Ends: 21st July 2023 (As on Launch)

Contest Background:

Shell E4 has launched the Net Zero Challenge to help grow the energy start-up ecosystem. This challenge is open to emerging talent from educational institutions, research organizations and incubators. It is designed to support top entrepreneurs by offering them a global platform to showcase their initiatives and develop market-ready products. Participants will also receive mentorship from global leaders, industry experts and take advantage of soft landing and market access opportunities.

The Net Zero Challenge is a program focused on identifying and supporting Idea Stage & Early Growth Stage startups. The program is designed to help these start-ups grow and scale their businesses for future readiness.

Category: Start-Up , Industry Contest

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Contest Phases:

Phase 1 : Application: The Net Zero Challenge application form will be live until 21st July, 2023. Participants willing to take part in the Net Zero Challenge must register their application or apply through Net Zero Challenge page under program section of the Shell E4 website.

Phase 2 : Application review: Applications may be reviewed by industry expert, Advisors, Investors, Shell E4 team, Shell E4 partners (internal & External). Phase 3 : Top selections: You will be notified of your application selection through email. If you are selected as a top start-up/Idea, you will be given opportunity to present your business ideas in pitch day. Phase 4 : Pitch Day: Pitch Day will be conducted physically/virtually, and details will be shared with the participants in due course. Selected participants must be present on-site to present their business case to jury members.

Phase 5 : Bootcamps: The top selected start-ups will have access to the 3 months Bootcamp journey. This will offer a deep-dive learning experience and a one-on-one mentoring session with industry experts, academia and Shell E4 Leaders. Phase 6 : Minimum viable product (MVP) Funding: The top select start-ups will pitch for MVP funding to the Shell E4 selection committee, and the top selected startups/ideas can avail MVP funding.

Contest Sectors:

  1. Clean-Tech, Sustainability

  2. Waste management

  3. Plastic Circularity

  4. Digital AI/ML solution for Net Zero Emission

  5. EV Charging solution, Battery Swapping

  6. Cost reduction carbon capture technologies

  7. Supply chain decarbonization

  8. Carbon Utilization: Novel CO₂ conversion chemistries etc.

Guidelines for application:

  1. All the participants in a team must not exceed a total of 5 members and a minimum of 2 members.

  2. You must include following slide in the pitch deck such as Industry & Market size, Problem statement, Solution, USP, who are your customers (Business Model), 3 Years plan & projection etc. You must have your pitch deck ready.

  3. Make sure one member from your team will be Point of contact and fill up the form accurately.

  4. Two Members per startup is mandatory to be present on Pitch Fest Event.

  5. In case form is not filled up correctly then application will be immediately declined.

  6. In case Pitch deck is not upload as per the above-mentioned guidelines then, application may be considered as invalid.

  7. All information of your application will be consumed only for application review & judgement purpose.

  8. Please note, Once you are selected in pitch day, you must register your startup as a Private limited company in due course.

  9. Please note this is a non-hiring & no commitment process and is meant to support entrepreneurship only, Participants will be provided with MVP funding support only if they succeed in all the selection parameters & subject to the decision of shell E4.

Who Can Apply:

  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs build product/Services evolving under Net Zero Carbon Emission – Engineering / Non-Technical students / post-Graduate students / PhD students/ Early-stage startups (less than 1 year in existence) pursuing ideas with intent to begin their startup journey. Startup Category: Idea Stage & Early Growth Stage startups


  1. Understanding of product-market fit

  2. Business plan review & consultation of strategy to scale the business

  3. 3 Months extensive Bootcamp journey

  4. Funding opportunity for minimum viable product

  5. Opportunity to learn from leaders & business experts.

  6. Opportunity to connect with investors.

Start-ups participating in the Net Zero Challenge will have the opportunity to leverage Shell’s subject matter expertise and global reach, as well as the resources and networks of India’s premier business and technical institutions. Additionally, they will benefit from a curated network of industry experts and advisors to accelerate their business proposition.

.............INNOVATE TO WIN..............

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Category of the contest: Start-Up Contest, Industry Contest


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