ISPIC 2020 was the world’s first alternative proteins challenge, inspiring similar hackathons globally
ISPIC 2021 expanded to include plant-based, fermentation-derived and cultivated protein solutions, with two tracks separately focused on ideation and entrepreneurship
ISPIC 2023 will focus on industry white spaces that are in need of solutions, as outlined in the Challenge Statements section.
ISPIC 2023 is a fast-paced virtual competition that will inspire you to unearth your true potential. After a five month journey of intensive learning, collaborative hard work, and expert mentorship, the challenge comes together with a career showcase and a live Demo-Day.
The winning teams stand to win prize money of 1 lakh each along with follow-on internships, incubation, and research opportunities!
Capacity building for students, researchers, early-stage professionals to fill the talent gap in the sector
Targeted challenge statements addressing global whitespaces and bottlenecks
Incubating promising smart proteins ventures solving for gaps across the value chain
Connect and learn from like-minded peers — students, PhDs,researchers, and entrepreneurs to find potential collaborators and co-founders.
Receive guidance and feedback from smart protein industry leaders across business, scitech, and policy on your smart protein research or ventures.
Win cash prizes worth 1 Lakh* per winning team to help you bolster your post-challenge research, education, career or venture building.
Get certified through a one-of-its-kind smart protein mass open online course, benefit from a curated startup toolkit, and attend interactive expert webinars and 1:1 sessions with mentors.
Participate in the Career Fair to meet prospective employers in the Indian smart protein space, take advantage of the Industry Mixer to discuss business with industry stakeholders across the value chain, in addition to pitching to and connecting with VCs, corporates, and academics at the Demo Day.
Receive letters of recommendation from mentors along with follow-on research fellowships and internships with leading academic institutions and smart protein startups. Connect with partners across industry and academia for potential post-challenge incubation and support.
*Prize money is subject to tax deductions as applicable