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Grand Challenge Competition for Scouting Innovations in the FinTech Area [Grants Upto Rs. 10L]: Submit by Aug 31

Submissions are invited for Grand Challenge Competition for Scouting Innovations in the FinTech Area for the year 2022. The last date of submission is 31 August.

About the Challenge

GCC is a pre-incubation activity targeted mainly to discover innovative solutions for fintech-related problems. IBITF wishes to invite individuals from different regions with innovative solutions for solving issues and challenges (particularly in the Indian context) in one or more of the four thematic areas of financial technologies designated to the organization.

Entrepreneurs need strong support and an advisory system in order to turn their start-up ideas into valuable businesses. As a part of the activities at IBITF, one of the ambitions is to establish a strong support system for entrepreneurship and start-ups in the Fintech arena.

The Identification of problem areas is what differentiates the GCC from other hackathons or challenges conducted by educational institutions. IBITF, in consultation with relevant government departments, has been able to determine a few real-world problem statements in the specified Fintech domain(s), which, if resolved, would greatly benefit a large population or solve a major bottleneck by augmenting or replacing the traditional functioning of the financial sectors.


  • The competition is open only to bona fide students of educational institutes of repute (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTI)/NIRF ranking below100) of the course B.E./B. Tech (3rd and 4th Year) and M. Tech (1st year).
  • Students shall apply individually or in groups, with a maximum of three students per group.
  • Only those proposals that are duly signed and approved by the Director/Dean(R&D)/Head of the Institution would be accepted.

Evaluation & Dates

The Challenge would be implemented in multiple phases and each phase would maintain a set of pre-defined criteria for selection. Here are the six phases through which the identification of valuable innovations and ideas could be made feasible.

Phase I – Go Live Accept Applications- Applications open – June 27, 2022 The last date for submission of applications would be August 31, 2022

Phase II – Internal shortlisting by the IBITF team and the result announcement for expert committee review (Phase III) – (15 days post application submission ends)

(Phase III)– Evaluation of shortlisted proposals by the expert committee (15 days) and the result announcement for initial Presentation (Phase IV) (15 days post Phase II result announcement)

Phase IV – Initial Online/offline presentations of selected proposals before the expert committee and result announcement for the final presentation (Phase V) (within 20 days post Phase III results for initial presentations)

Phase V – Demonstration of POCs by selected teams (offline only) and announcement of winners (top 3) (As and when invited by IBITF post Phase IV results)


Interested candidates can register via this page.

Problem Statement

Click here to read details about the problem statements.


Selected applications making it to the next phases would receive monetary prizes as detailed below. Eventually, a few selected startups would be qualified to register their product/service as a startup and receive financial assistance in the form of seed money from IIT-Bhilai. Applicants/teams that provide a very positive, effective, and efficient solution to a major bottleneck/challenge for the identified problem statements could be selected by your department and may receive work orders to implement such solutions on the ground.

  • Stage1:
    If the application is shortlisted for Phase IV. INR 9,000/application
  • Stage2:
    Application is selected for the Final Presentation Round, Phase V. Rs. 20,000/-
  • Stage 3:
    Top 3 applications selected after the final presentations
    3rd Prize: 50000/-
    2nd Prize 75000/-
    1st Prize Rs. 1,00,000/-
  • Jackpot Stage:
    Winners of Stage 2 and 3 could be provided financial assistance in the form of Seed Money of up to INR 10,00,000/- (if the expert committee decides and the applicant/team is able to register start-up and render a pilot demonstration by Dec. 2022 (IBITF startup policy is applicable).

Click here to view the official notification of Grand Challenge Competition for Scouting Innovations in the FinTech Area.

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