UK-India Social Innovation Challenge

UK-India Social Innovation Challenge 2018: Waste Management

The UK India Social Entrepreneurship Education Network (UKISEEN) launches its second edition of UKISIC to find, fund and support innovative and sustainable solutions that provide efficient ways to manage waste.

The competition is open to all students from universities throughout the UK and India.

Top 3 projects in the UK-India Social Innovation Challenge:

1) Recycling of Demolished Waste -

2) Eco-Friendly Construction -

3) Catalytic Degradation -

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The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) at Defra estimates that around 600 million tonnes of products and materials enter the UK economy each year and we generate approximately 290 million tonnes of waste. Only 115 million tonnes of this combined material gets recycled. Although there has been a gradual decline in waste over the past few years, there is still a long way to go in identifying ways to prevent waste in manufacturing and production processes, through supply chains and particularly at a community level.
There has been significant success in reducing waste in recent years, but it remains an enormous challenge and an area which needs new solutions. We throw away more than seven million tonnes of food and drink every year from our homes – most of which could have been safely consumed. The UK hospitality sector alone (hotels, pubs, restaurants and quick service restaurants) could save £724 million a year by tackling food waste.

The UKISEEN SIC is challenging participants to create hard impact through one of the following areas:
The sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources. Halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.
Achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
Substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Joining the challenge is very easy:
1. Open the submission website at THIS LINK
2. Create your Account
3. Once in the Community: open the tab PROJECTS and click on CREATE NEW.

To submit your social business idea: you will have to complete the strategy template. You have until November 4th to complete all the topics and get as much feedback as possible from friends and supporters. Following a selection period, if you are shortlisted as one of the top 10, then you will have to create a 5-minute video detailing your solution. These videos will be used to determine the top 3 proposals.

In recognition of your efforts, cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 submissions: £1,000, £750 and £500 for 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd place respectively.

The UK-India Social Innovation Challenge Series is a collaboration between the Social Impact Lab, at the University of Southampton in the UK, and the Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, based in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India, the open innovation platform Babele and the British Council

The network aims to promote collaboration and best practice sharing in social entrepreneurship between the UK and India. The network uses the latest digital technology to catalyse the flow of talent, technology and ideas between the two countries.

Any current university student from any year of study or discipline from the UK or India is eligible to engage in this competition.

Students may take part in a team or as an individual.

  • 7th of September: competition opens
  • 4th of November: competition closes
  • 15th of November: shortlist of top 10 entries to be announced
  • 22nd of November: videos submitted by top 10
  • 29th of November: winning applicants announced
  1. Innovation: World changing solutions require radical thinking. Whether it is a small change in an existing process or an entirely new solution, how have you innovated?
  2. Sustainability: It is one thing to create impact. It is another to create self- sustaining impact through financial viability. How will you sustain your venture in the long term?
  3. Understanding the Problem Area: With the goal of creating real impact, understanding the problem area is crucial. How well do you understand the problem landscape for your proposal?