iCreate and Indian Auto Giants Launch EVangelise’23, the Biggest EV Innovation Contest in India

iCreate and Indian Auto Giants Launch EVangelise’23, the Biggest EV Innovation Contest in India


On June 27th in Ahmedabad, iCreate (International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology), India’s leading innovation-based start-up incubator, launched the third edition of EVangelise, India’s largest EV innovation challenge.

The event was attended by Jagdish Vishwakarma, Minister of State, Government of Gujarat, as well as distinguished industry leaders such as Rajeev Chaba, President and MD of MG Motor India, Amitabh Saran, Founder and CEO of AltiGreen, Dr. Yogesh Bhatia, MD and CEO of LML Electric, and Kartikey Hariyani, Founder of TecSo Charge+Zone.

In a message, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel emphasized the importance of electric mobility in shaping India’s future as a cleaner and greener nation, which is consistent with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. He praised iCreate for their ongoing efforts in organizing EVangelise and encouraged attendees to help India gain prominence in the global electric vehicle industry.

Avinash Punekar, CEO of iCreate, expressed his delight at the launch of EVangelise ’23 and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to actively contributing to India’s transition to sustainable mobility. 

He is confident that EVangelise ’23 will provide unprecedented opportunities for EV startups and innovators, building on the success of previous editions.

The launch event featured powerful keynote speeches from industry leaders who shared insights into the EV industry’s growth trajectory, challenges, and personal learnings. Rajeev Chaba, Emeritus CEO of MG Motor India, expressed his gratitude for being a part of such an incredible initiative.

He emphasized the importance of technology and strategic partnerships in overcoming challenges in India’s EV market. He also stated that EVangelise is a huge step forward for the Indian automotive industry and that it will power the future with clean, efficient, and sustainable mobility.

“EVangelise offers an incredible opportunity to discover unique solutions specifically tailored for India at a low cost,” Chaba added.

A panel discussion titled “Steps to Make India a Global Leader in the EV Sector” was also part of the event. 

Arun Pratap Singh, Co-founder and CEO of Matter; Amitabh Saran, Founder and CEO of Altigreen Propulsion Labs; and Dr. Yogesh Bhatia, MD and CEO of LML Electric were among the panelists. 

The panelists shared their profound insights and expertise, fostering a constructive dialogue about developing strategic actions to ensure India’s leadership in the global electric vehicle industry.

Kartikey Hariyani, Founder of TecSo Charge+Zone, captivated the audience by sharing his journey in the EV ecosystem. 

He talked about how excited he was to be a part of EVangelise’23 and how the platform provided significant opportunities for growth and collaboration in the EV industry. 

“I never imagined I’d find my calling in the EV ecosystem.“I never imagined that I would find my passion in the EV ecosystem. Back in 2018, when we first delved into the EV space, we faced numerous challenges. However, with the support of the State Government and our dedicated team, we navigated through the complexities of the charging business. None of this would have been possible without the invaluable support of iCreate. Their assistance in connecting us with stakeholders and expanding our network has been instrumental in our growth. I express my gratitude to iCreate and look forward to further contributing to the advancement of the EV industry in India,” said Hariyani.

The vision of EVangelise ’23 is to propel groundbreaking innovation in India’s electric vehicle sector. 

By broadening the scope and reach of the challenge, the initiative hopes to foster ground-breaking ideas and propel the growth of India’s electric vehicle landscape.

The largest EV innovation challenge, EVangelise, is a ground-breaking initiative by iCreate that has captured the attention of the entire Indian EV ecosystem. This annual event seeks to identify the next generation of innovators in the field of electric vehicle sub-components.

Its goal is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in India by promoting advanced, energy-efficient, and sustainable transportation solutions that are in line with the country’s 2030 EV goals of 80% electric two- and three-wheeler sales. EVangelise brings together all key stakeholders, including innovators, industry, institutions, and government bodies, with the common goal of establishing India as a global leader in the electric vehicle domain. iCreate provides incubation support, industry connections, and mentorship as part of the program to empower startups to innovate and overcome challenges in the market.

iCreate (International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology) is the Government of Gujarat’s autonomous center of excellence and India’s leading institution for transforming tech-based innovations into successful businesses.

It has won the National Award for Technology Business Incubator 2020 and, to date, has supported over 562 innovations and more than 49 patents through a ‘high-touch’, entrepreneur-first model, connecting them with mentors, markets, and money.

iCreate focuses on embedded systems and IoT in domains such as electric vehicles, agritech, smart cities, health tech, industrial automation, and renewable energy. iCreate is a state-of-the-art 40-acre campus in Ahmedabad that houses Cisco’s largest Innovation Lab in India. It has strategic partnerships with CSIR, India’s premier science and technology organization, as well as leading institutions around the world.

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