TheCityFix Labs India

Are you an innovator passionate about sustainable urban development? Do you have a service or product that can improve the efficiency and liveability of our built environments? If so, participate in TheCityFix Labs India’s first initiative: Accelerating Innovation: Water | Waste | Energy!

The overall goal of TheCityFix Labs is to establish a platform to help coordinate investors and the state for public good by helping to connect the innovation ecosystem. The Lab will help identify solutions on building efficiency, water management/efficiency and waste management, that will contribute to building and scaling sustainable built environments.

The Lab will work with a cohort of enterprises to refine solutions that would appeal to State government programs and at the same time, evolve business models that can gain private financing access and support. Further, enterprises that emerge from the Lab will have the opportunity to implement pilots in Hyderabad.

For more information about the cohort, click here.


Important Dates

  • Policy Convening: 1st - 8th October 2018
  • In-city workshops (Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai):
    Delhi: 23rd October 2018
    Mumbai: 25th October 2018
    Bangalore: 31st October 2018
  • Close of applications: 11:59 pm, 18th November 2018
  • Interim Jury: 20th December 2018
  • Cohort announcement: 21st December 2018
  • Orientation: 3rd January 2019
  • Accelerator: 2nd January 2019 - 10th April 2019
    Hyderabad Workshop - 29th January 2019
    Bengaluru Workshop - 20th - 21st February 2019
    Delhi - 28th - 29th March 2019
  • Capstone event/Pitch Day: 4th September 2019
  • Implementation/Pilots: September - December 2019

Watch this space for any updates on deadlines.

Accelerator Schedule


City Hyderabad Bengaluru Delhi Pitch Day
When 29th January, 2019 20th - 21st February, 2019 28th - 29th March, 2019 4th September, 2019
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What kind of solutions are we looking for?

TheCityFix Labs will support innovations that are easy to integrate into existing or new built spaces, create value for the entire ecosystem and have the potential for scaling. Proposals need to address at least one of the following components.

  •  Building energy efficiency
  •  Renewable energy
  •  Construction materials
  •  Water efficiency
  •  Water and Wastewater managementt
  •  Water quality
  •  Waste Management (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
  •  Waste to Energy



What does the Lab offer ?

TheCityFix Labs offers exposure and engagement with key stakeholders for emerging solutions to take off and maintain momentum in the post-lab and post-pilot phase. It seeks to create a coalition of government and private sector action that can scale quickly. To aid development of their solutions in collaboration with various stakeholders, shortlisted candidates will receive the following:


 Workshops tailored to support:

  • business development and strategy, and business plan reviews
  • pilot design and implementation
  • legal compliance
  • government engagement
  • team building and other technical support



 The opportunity to associate with WRI India’s domain experts and a global network of mentors including:  

  • government officials at the national, state and local scale
  • potential investors
  • markets, including resident welfare associations, developers, and facilities management companies
  • technical experts



Who can apply?

TheCityFix Labs will support innovations that are -

  • Led by entrepreneurs, businesses, technology companies, associations, city governments, etc. who have in-depth knowledge about their markets.
  • Post prototype with at least 1 demonstration on-ground.
  • Scalable

The Applicants must:

  • Be registered as a legal entity in India, or have an Indian partner
  • Operate in an Indian city
  • Have a solution that is in the post-pilot or scale-up stage
  • Abide by the Terms and Conditions of the Lab
  • Be available to develop, showcase and pitch their projects in the period between January and July 2019.

To know more, please read the Terms and Conditions and the Guide to Application.


Experts and Mentors


Past Workshops


TheCityFix Labs India: Accelerating Innovation: New Delhi | Mumbai | Bengaluru

TheCityFix Labs conducted policy dialogues in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru on the innovation ecosystem in these three sectors. These dialogues will presented discussions on operationalizing sustainability and scaling solutions by engaging city government stakeholders, industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors/financiers.

The details for each session are as follows:

  New Delhi Mumbai Bengaluru
Date/Time 23rd October,
3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
25th October,
4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
31st October,
4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Venue India International Centre Annexe, Lecture Room -I Ministry of New, Fort BHIVE, Residency Road
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Accelerating Innovation is a pan-India Lab, where the overall goal is to establish a platform that encourages collaboration between investors, entrepreneurs and the state for public good. The Lab will identify project solutions in the areas of building efficiency, water management and efficiency and waste management, that can contribute to building and scaling sustainable built environments. The Lab seeks to work with a cohort of enterprises to help develop solutions that would appeal to State government programs while also evolving business models that can gain private financing access and support.



Outreach partners




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Financing the Transition to Sustainable Cities: Introducing TheCityFix Labs India

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In 2015, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, funded by the Citi Foundation, teamed up for a new partnership to leverage the expertise of our three organizations – WRI’s analytical and research competencies and long-term engagement with cities, the high-level connection with city leaders of C40 and the Citi Foundation’s urban economic progress agenda.

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low- income communities around the world.

The World Resource Institute is a non-governmental global research organization that aims to protect earth’s environment and provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations, including but not limited to improving the quality of life in cities, by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban transport solutions, with capabilities to identify and implement such solutions in over fifty countries including within Europe, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia and India.