Hyderabad 2018

Hyderabad 2018


STAMP Challenge

Are you an innovator that is passionate about sustainable urban mobility? Do you have an idea, service or product that makes it easier for people to move across the city?

The STAMP Challenge will support innovative and cutting-edge solutions that can be integrated with mass transit networks such as the metro rail, for enabling door-to-door connectivity via public and shared mobility services.

The STAMP Challenge is part of the Station Access and Mobility Program led by WRI India and the Toyota Mobility Foundation. In 2018, the STAMP Challenge is working in collaboration with the Government of Telangana, the Hyderabad Metro Rail and L&T Metro Rail to enable high quality first and last-mile connectivity to the Hyderabad metro.

Winning solutions will receive innovation grants totaling USD 50,000 for pilot implementation and access to a mentor network of domain experts and industry leaders. Apply now for an opportunity to work with other innovators and technologists on the most pressing mobility issues of our times.

For more information on the 2017 edition of the STAMP Challenge in Bangalore, click here.


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What kind of ideas are we looking for?
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The STAMP Challenge is looking for a wide range of innovative solutions, which can enhance accessibility to the metro rail in different ways. Proposals need to address at least one of the following components of improved first and last mile connectivity.

  • Universal access and enhanced public realm
  • Feeder systems and integrated mobility
  • Enhanced safety and security
  • Parking access and management
  • Pedestrian and cyclist priority


What does the Challenge offer?

The STAMP Challenge offers participants the chance to engage with WRI India’s domain experts and a global network of mentors drawn from our partner organisations. Shortlisted candidates will attend an intensive bootcamp tailored to support the legal, technical, and business development of mobility solutions.

Finalists will receive support in the following three areas:

Enterprise: business development and strategy, business plan reviews, pilot design, legal compliance planning, government engagement tools, and other technical support



Exposure: access to a wide network of experts, advisors, governments and local authority representatives, investors, potential partners, etc.



Financial: research grants to be awarded for further development of business idea, product or service.


Who can apply?

The Challenge invites applications from individuals, private enterprises, academic institutions, and citizens’ groups. Applicants must:

  • Be registered as a legal entity in India, or have an Indian partner
  • Operate in an Indian city
  • Be in proof-of-concept or pilot stage (mature enterprises in post-pilot or scale-up stages are also welcome to apply)
  • Abide by the Terms and Conditions of the Challenge
  • Be available to implement and operate their solution on-the-ground in the period between August-October

Experts and Mentors

Ramesh Loganathan

Professor Co-Innovation and Head Research Outreach, IIIT Hyderabad

Murali Talasila

Partner & Innovation Leader, PwC

Phanindra Sama

Founder & ex-CEO, RedBus and Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Telangana

K.V.B. Reddy

Managing Director & CEO, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad

N.V.S. Reddy

Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited

Sreekanth Perepu

Investment Director, Hyderabad Angels

Revathy Ashok

CEO & Managing Trustee, B.PAC

O.P. Agarwal

CEO, WRI India

Important Dates

Challenge submission deadline: 8 July 2018

Announcement of shortlisted applicants: 18 July 2018

Interim jury: 23 July 2018

Announcement of STAMP cohort: 27 July 2018

Bootcamp for STAMP cohort: 8-10 August 2018

Final jury and announcement of winners: 11 August 2018

Please check here for any updates in the Challenge deadlines.


For questions and clarifications, contact Chaitanya Kanuri at chaitanya.kanuri@wri.org.


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