Altair Startup Challenge 2021

Technology Ecosystem to Accelerate EV Product Development

Congratulations to the Winners!


Platinum Award

INGO ELECTRIC: Meet the Flee! The Flee has set the benchmark for India in Micro mobility by giving the same feel and experience of a full-sized Two-wheeler but on a small and stable platform with a small footprint but 50% more utility.


Gold Award

Yali Mobility: A simple, affordable, and accessible electric personal transport vehicle for wheelchair users and the elderly. Makes their daily outdoor commute a lot more independent, inclusive, effortless & enjoyable.


Silver Award

Creatara Mobility: Personal Mobility reimagined for a new generation in a new world. We envision our products to reflect the evolving needs of the user.

The success of an EV startup depends on the connected ecosystem like Incubation, Government support & initiatives, Homologation, Funding, Simulation Technology, Networking, Industry Experts support…etc to name a few. Altair Startup challenge 2021 attempts to address this via a consortium of partners.
Altair has collaborated with the Confederation of Indian Industry - CII,  Startup IndiaAutomotive Research Association of India (ARAI), and IIT Madras Incubation Cell (IITMIC) for Altair Start-up Challenge 2021 - For EVs. This is an initiative to connect to EV ecosystem leaders, create awareness of appropriate cutting-edge technologies, relevant processes, enable the start-ups to accomplish their goals of product development in a structured manner. This facilitates competency building and the development of competitive products. 

Altair Simulation-driven design plays a key role in EV development addressing key areas such as.

  • Smart product development with Realtime Data Analytics for better customer experience  
  • Additive Manufacturing Autonomous & ADAS Big Data Cloud Computing
  • Battery & Electric Motor Thermal Management
  • Improving the Lightweight Design of an Electric Drive System
  • Simulating Ride, Handling and Durability of Vehicles
  • Digital motor control and System Modelling for Electric Vehicles
  • Traction Motors Design & Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Improving Electric Vehicle Range with Advanced Losses Computation Considering PWM Across a Full Duty Cycle

Who should attend?

  • Engineering Start-ups Founders and Executives
  • EV domain CAE Engineers and Experts
  • Data Scientists & Analysts.
  • Automotive Designers & Engineers

During this event, you will learn:

  • To get to know the EV Ecosystem leaders and their support offerings.
  • To get the know-how and understanding in industry-leading tools from subject matter experts
  • To learn more about Self-Service Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Real-time Visualization.


Jury Members

Ujjwala. S. Karle
Ujjwala. S. Karle
Deputy Director Knowledge group
Anuj Prasad
Founder & CEO
Apurbo Kirity
Head E&E
Tata Motors ERC
General Manager
Ex-Ashok Leyland
Currently Consultant and freelancer
Krishna Bandaru
Executive Leadershio
Skill Lync
Dr.Mohan Godse
U 2 I
Sanjiv Mantri
Lead Integration Interface, Body & trims
Tata Motors (TTL)
Shekhar Paranjipe
Vice President R&D Bus Division
Unni Krishnan
Sr.General Manager R&D
Hero Motor corp
Thumbnail-Kaushal Kumar-Jha
Kaushal Kumar Jha
Sr. Advisor in Center for Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicle. Founder
IITM / NoonRay Energy


Bhuwan Lodha
Vice President
Digital – Mahindra
Anand GCP
Micelio Mobility Pvt Ltd.
Reji Mathai
Varun Akhnoor
CII Centre of Excellence for Innovation
Ujjwala. S. Karle
Ujjwala. S. Karle
Deputy Director
Shivangi Jain
Assistant Vice President
Startup India, Invest India

Agenda | Fri 23 Apr, 2021

09.30 - 09.50 am Partnering to build the EV startup Ecosystem
Vishwanath Rao - Managing Director, Altair India
09.50 - 10.10 am Empowering indigenous Technology Development and Innovation
Reji Mathai - Director ARAI
Ujjwala. S. Karle - Deputy Director, ARAI
10.10 - 10.25 am Why EV Startups are poised to succeed in India?
Anand GCP - COO, Micelio Mobility Pvt Limited.
10.25 - 10.45 am Simulation at every stage For EV
Panduranga Rao Chirala - Sr.Vice President – Tech Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Altair
10.45 - 10.55 am Tea Break: Previous Winners' experience
11.00 - 11.20 am
Keynote Address
Bhuwan Lodha - Vice President, Digital Mahindra
11.20 - 11.35 am The role of Digital Twins in Smart Mobility
Sudhir Padaki - Director Data Analytics APAC, Altair
11.35 - 11.50 am CII Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Start-ups
Varun Akhnoor - Director, CII Centre of Excellence for Innovation
11.50 - 12:00 pm Announcement of shortlisted start-ups and Plan for Mentoring 
Shivangi Jain - Assistant Vice President, Invest India
12:00 - 12.05 pm Vote of Thanks & Closing Remarks
Ajay Pandey - Marketing Manager, Altair


**Note: This is a tentative agenda, subject to change. The final agenda and speakers will be posted closer to the event date.

Past Events: Altair Grand Challenge - 2019

Altair Grand Challenge, an initiative by Startup India & Altair India providing high-end technology access and mentorship to startups, concluded recently with 10 finalists chosen from a pool of 200+ participating companies. 

Altair partnered with Startup India, a Government of India initiative, set up to build a strong and inclusive ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship. Altair provides simulation and data analytics solutions in product design & engineering, used extensively by companies involved in developing highly engineered products in the field of automotive, aerospace & defense, heavy engineering, etc. Altair through this program extended access to these high-technology solutions to budding start-ups companies across the following industry sectors


  • Land vehicles or platforms
  • Air /Sea Vehicles or platforms                 
  • Defense Industry - Robotics and Automation                   
  • Data Science & Artificial Intelligence                       
  • Healthcare/Medical Industry                                          
  • Green Technology                       
  • Agriculture

Altair took the initiative to identify, support, mentor, and reward the budding startups with its Simulation, Optimization, and Machine Learning technologies in addition to providing a dedicated team of mentors to assist the start-ups in accomplishing their goals.

Altair would equip these startups with technology and mentorship categorized under the following domains,

  • Simulation-Driven Product Design & Development
  • Digital Twin
  • Embedded systems.

The grand challenge involved startup companies identifying areas where they could best leverage Altair technologies for their products based on these listed domains. Awards for the top 3 winning teams included prize money as listed below, in addition to the technology access and mentorship.

  • 1st Prize:  $2500
  • 2nd Prize: $1500
  • 3rd Prize:  $1000

Altair Grand Challenge Summary

A total of 206 applications were received, of which 33 were shortlisted in the first round. After subsequent screening rounds, 10 startups were selected as finalists to join the “Altair Grand Challenge”. Four winners were awarded, with top rank taken by Starya Mobility of Bengaluru, a tie between BlinkEYELABS Electronics, Bengaluru, & IndusTill FarmTech, Pune for the second spot and followed by Saif Automations Services LLP, Visakhapatnam.