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After a five day intensive bootcamp held at Indian School of Business (Hyderabad Campus), Five Clean Energy Lab Fellows have been selected. Congratulations to Simran Grover, Palak Aggarwal, Pratap Raju, Mitavachan Hiremath and Aumkar Borgaonkar.

During the bootcamp, finalists were provided capacity building and training to further develop their proposed ideas using design thinking tools tailored for non-profits. The participants also interacted with several eminent speakers and mentors such as Jayesh Ranjan (Principal Secretaty, IT and Industries, Government of Telangana), Ajay Misra (Special Chief Secretary - Energy, Government of Telangana), Rajendra Shende (Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre), Ajit Rangnekar (Chairman, RICH), Arunabha Ghosh (Founder CEO, CEEW), Dr. Jai Asundi (CStep), Krishan Dhawan (CEO, Shakti Foundation), Seema Bhatia - Panthaki (Thinktank Initiative, IDRC), Amit Mehta (Indian Grameen Services), Prof. Ashwini Chhatre and Prof. Milind Sohoni from Indian School of Business.

Through the rest of the year, the selected Fellows would build on their game-changing ideas to create scalable institutions through capacity building support, financial support, access to tools and frameworks, mentorship, networking opportunities and fundraising support.


The Clean Energy Lab – an initiative by Indian School of Business and Shakti Foundation – is seeking to identify and incubate 5 exceptional ideas to create policy action on clean energy in India. The Clean Energy Lab is India’s first incubation program to support high potential ideas for creating research and evidence based large scale policy impact in clean energy.

The Clean Energy Lab is looking for exceptional leaders and thinkers with big, audacious ideas to create research and evidence based policy impact in the area of clean energy in India. We are looking for individuals who are willing to commit full-time during the Lab to build out their ideas into scalable institutions.

An ideal Clean Energy Lab Fellow could be either:

  • High potential individual with an idea to set up a nonprofit organization, or
  • Founder of an early stage non-profit organization

*Nonprofits can include Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), community based organizations, thinktanks, foundations, research institutions etc.

What support would the Clean Energy Lab provide?


Prof. Rajendra Srivastava

Indian School of Business

Krishan Dhawan

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Dr. Arunabha Ghosh

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Dr. O.P. Aggarwal

World Resources Institute

Dr. Anshu Bharadwaj

Executive Director

Dr. Kartikeya Singh

Deputy Director
Centre for Strategic and International Studies

Anuradha Bhavnani

Regional Director
Shell Foundation

Aparajita Agrawal

India Director
British Asian Trust

Dr. Satish Kumar

Executive Director
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy

Prasad Modak

Executive President
Environmental Management Centre

Amit Saha

Chief Sustainability Officer
Hindustan Coca - Cola Beverages

P.S. Narayan

Vice President and Head – Sustainability

Dr. Prakash Rao

Dy. Director & Head (Energy and Environment)

Anurag Mishra

Senior Clean Energy Specialist

Dr. Ashwini Chhatre

Indian School of Business

Ananth Aravamudan

Senior Advisor

Sanjay Dube

Director - South Asia
International Institute for Energy Conservation

Seema Bhatia-Panthaki

Sr. Program Officer
Thinktank Initiative, IDRC


Frequently Asked Questions

The Clean Energy Lab incubation program is for one year (January – December 2018). The program would conclude with an Annual Convening in Dec 2018 where the Fellows would be able to connect and present their idea to stakeholders and potential partners. Fellows could potentially be supported beyond the incubation period as well on a case-to-case basis.
If selected as a Clean Energy Lab Fellow, you would commit to:
  • Working full-time on your proposed idea to build a scalable institution
  • Participating in and leveraging all programmatic interventions facilitated by the Lab (Jan-Dec 2018)
  • Participating in the Annual Convening (Dec 2018) to present your idea/institution to stakeholders and potential partners
We would encourage you to use the physical incubation facilities at the Indian School of Business. If your idea requires you to be based out of any other city, you would need to commit to being a part of all trainings and any other programmatic interventions facilitated by the Lab.
Yes. The goal of the Clean Energy Lab is to support leaders in building their ideas into institutions. Through the incubation program, we would support you to register your organization as a nonprofit.
Yes. You are eligible to apply, as long as your not-for-profit organization is in early stages. Through the application you would still need to help us understand your big idea and how you will build on it through your existing institution.
While we understand that innovative technologies are key for a clean energy future, this is not a technology focused program. The Clean Energy Lab is meant for leaders who have game changing ideas for creating policy impact and want to build out their ideas into scalable not-for-profit institutions.
No. This incubation program is meant only for individuals who are seeking to build their ideas into scalable not-for-profit organizations or for founders of existing not-for-profit organizations.
Yes, you can. If your ideas are extremely diverse from each other, you will have to submit separate applications.
No, we are looking for leaders who are committed to working on their idea full-time.
Yes, you can. Please furnish all relevant details as a part of your application.
The Fellows would be chosen based on the merit of their proposed idea, relevant experience, level of commitment and overall fit with the offerings of the incubation program.
During the incubation period (January – December 2018), the Fellows would receive a monthly sustenance allowance of INR 40,000. As you can understand, this would be contingent to the ongoing engagement of the Fellow and can be terminated (in extreme cases) if a Fellow is not showing the required level of commitment for the program.
The Fellows would get an opportunity to meet face-to-face with mentors as well as connect virtually with them. Our team will match you with relevant mentors based on your specific requirements during the course of the incubation program. Our mentors are extremely senior domain and functional experts and we expect the Fellows to use their relevant experience based on the fit for your idea. We also hope that the Fellows should be able to set up expectations for frequency of interactions and mode of communication that works the best for both.
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