Delhi Govt, University of Chicago partner to fund best startup ideas to curb pollution

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The Delhi government in partnership with the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools will provide Rs 2 crore in seed funding to startups that come up with best sustainable solutions to curb rising air and water pollution levels in the capital.

The government has invited proposals from startups with their respective ground plans under the competition ‘Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi’, and has given March 2016 as the deadline for submission of proposals.

The Delhi Dialogue Commission started by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party will work with the Energy and Environment Lab at University of Chicago, Urban Labs and the Energy Policy Institute at University’s centre in Delhi to run and implement the project.

The competition will crowdsource the best local ideas to improve Delhi’s air and water quality, and the winning ideas will be tested in Delhi by a team of University of Chicago researchers and policymakers from the Delhi Dialogue Commission.

If successful, the ideas could become policy solutions the government could implement at a large scale, and may provide an important model for other cities to follow, according to a statement on the University of Chicago website.

The team of University of Chicago had earlier helped the Gujarat government in reducing pollution levels in the capital by as much as 28%.

According to World Health Organisation research and recent data, air quality in some cities in India, China and Pakistan, is dangerous and getting more dangerous by the day.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.