The last few months had been devastating for all of us as humankind dealt with the devastation of the pandemic, and hopes waned. However, the world is now slowly picking up shattered hopes and figuring out lives with a new set of ideas and innovation. While India is gradually getting back to its feet, the country is in desperate need of interventions to recoup economically, medically, and spiritually. And that is what the 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Award 2021 (YICA) has set out to do – To find and recognise young minds who are bubbling with ideas and solutions to come out of the after-effects of the deadly crisis.
3M India, in partnership with CII, launched the Young Innovators Challenge Awards in 2014, at the Tenth anniversary of the CII India Innovation Summit. Globally, 3M has been championing innovation and has had applications pouring in from different fields. These disruptive ideas have promised to bring in a ray of positive change and alter the way we see our future. This year, 3M, in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry, is back with the Young Innovators Challenge Awards 2021 for India’s youth to hunt for Ideas that Inspire Hope for a Resurgent India. The challenge aims to identify, encourage, source, and recognise the ability of young people to reshape the future with hope.
YICA awards two different prizes, namely Idea Prize and Impact Prize, in three different categories, namely Product Innovation, Service Innovation and Rural Innovation. YICA has been supporting hundreds of youth-led innovations that have the potential to bring about a visible and long-lasting impact on society. A tech innovation that enables smart, feasible and easy diversity recruitment process for the differently-abled, a cost-effective and inclusive innovation that provides safe drinking water, and a B2B SaaS SDK innovation that provides assistive hand-holding of using apps like Paytm are some of the 40 innovations that the 3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Award has supported for the past 7 years.
If you have an idea or an innovation that can tackle a pertinent problem creatively and has the potential to be scaled up for greater impact, please take action for this unique opportunity.