India’s first-of-its-kind Clean Energy Lab for start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators under a unique PPP model

CleanTech innovations for a low-carbon, energy efficient and sustainable future for all

Transforming the way the world produces and consumes energy


The Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC), which is Social Alpha’s Energy Lab, is a joint initiative of Tata Trusts and the Government of India supported by Department of Biotechnology, BIRAC, Tata Power and Tata Power – Delhi Distribution Limited. CEIIC has been set up for promoting innovations in the energy space and has become the first International Incubator in India under Mission Innovation.

The Incubator is designed to offer complete “lab to market” incubation support to clean energy enterprises, both Indian and International, which can bring about deep and irreversible social and environmental impact. CEIIC supports the incubatees by providing last-mile connectivity and end-use deployment of successful research outputs.


CEIIC focuses on three core areas for innovation – Energy Access, Energy Efficiency and Breakthrough Clean Technology. We believe that the convergence of these holds the potential to transform the way the world produces and consumes energy. We focus on proactive, curated and demand-driven tech scouting; to support incubation, investment decision-making and prioritize funding and resources where they are most needed and impactful.

Energy Access

We define “access to energy” as availability of clean (at the point of use), affordable and reliable energy (including both electricity and cooking energy) to underserved and unserved communities for used cases across sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, household for meeting not just the basic energy needs, but also energy to power economic growth and development of infrastructural facilities in the communities.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency focuses on advancements in existing, mature & relatively proven technologies (e.g. combustion engines, appliances, panels, turbines etc.) in order to make them and the network / grid itself smarter, cleaner and more efficient. We have adopted a value chain approach to identify the most impactful intervention areas in the network / grid encompassing generation, transmission & distribution, storage and consumption. The impact of these technologies may be incremental or indirect in terms of livelihoods in the short run however smarter, efficient and cleaner energy networks will drive down energy costs over time and improve overall quality of life at a macro level.

Breakthrough Clean Technology

Our objective is to support and build next generation of clean and renewable technologies, glimpses of which may be seen today in research papers, universities, labs and garage start-ups. We aim to identify cutting edge innovation and science & technology developments at a more nascent stage but which hold promise and potential to leapfrog, become mainstream and catalyse the global shift to affordable, clean energy backed by R&D and relevant resources.


Complete lab-to-market support tailored to the needs of start-ups at the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre.

R&D Support

  • World-class lab infrastructure and maker spaces
  • Access to test beds for pilot and field testing

GTM Strategy Support

  • Hands-on operational support for commercial grade product development
  • Access to in-house experts in investment banking, marketing, HR, product development
  • Access to development sector partner ecosystem

Funding Support

  • Seed support to selected enterprises
  • Opportunity to pitch for follow-on funding for scale up

Market Access

  • Support in market assessment and product commercialization

Design for Manufacturing

  • Assistance with designing, rapid prototyping and design for manufacturing

Mentorship Network

  • Mentorship by a curated and customized set of most qualified experts, specialists, and sector leaders

International Collaboration

  • Incubation support to innovations from other Mission Innovation countries
  • Encourage and support Indian innovators to collaborate internationally


  • Networking & partnership opporunities with wide range of stakeholds

Enterpreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Fellowship programme

  • Especially designed fellowship programme for enterprising individuals


  • Programme designed to provide pre-incubation support to early-stage enterprises before accessing incubation


CEIIC identifies disruptive, innovative and impactful technology solutions in sustainable energy and incubates them from their lab to market journey. We look for innovators and entrepreneurs that can bring about irreversible social, economic and environmental impact across the entire value chain from energy generation and distribution to storage and consumption with a strong focus on affordability, accessibility and user experience and around a range of sectors and use cases, such as household to industry.

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The incubation support at the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC) would play a catalytic role for lab-to-market facilitation to the winners of the Energy Challenge. Under Mission Innovation, CEIIC is a first of its kind International Incubation Centre reflecting strong PPP commitment for promoting new affordable solutions for clean energy.

Renu Swarup

Secretary, Department of Biotechnology,Government of India

Technological innovation in the cleanenergy space is not a choice anymore, but a necessity. This is the only way to deliver sustainable and affordable energy for all. We have joined hands with Social Alpha for the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre that will help us achieve this goal. Tata Power deeply committed in promoting and supporting the ecosystem to develop clean and smart energy solutions through the adoption of technological innovations.

Praveer Sinha

CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power

To meet the exponentially growing global energy needs and to make energy accessible to all, it is critical to promote and invest in technology innovations that enhance availability, sustainability and efficiency across the entire energy lifecycle. Sustainable Energy is one of the greatest enablers for livelihoods and has the potential to transform lives, economies and planet.

Manoj Kumar

Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tata Trusts


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