COVID-19 Innovation Challenge Launches Today for Student Innovators by T-Hub in Partnership with Q City and Emerging Technologies of Telangana Government

• The COVID-19 Innovation program has been designed for students who are budding entrepreneurs who can come up with innovative and feasible solutions to combat the deadly virus. • Two winning student teams will receive direct mentoring and support from all the stakeholders to transform their ideas into viable business propositions.

T-Hub, which leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem that powers next-generation products and new business models, and Q City, which focuses on superior specifications and finishes, today announced the launch of COVID-19 Innovation Challenge. The program is targeted at empowering students to conduct research to develop potential solutions to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), is the knowledge partner for this program. Emerging Technologies Wing, ITE&C Dept, Government of Telangana, will help T-Hub in curating problem statements for the challenge.

As the Coronavirus pandemic is gaining momentum everywhere, it has inflicted incalculable damage on the world. Besides altering the lives of humans in an unprecedented manner, COVID-19 has also spelt doom for entire industries. T-Hub, being the epicentre of an innovation ecosystem, is taking up measures to be relevant to all its stakeholders. As a part of this program, the most innovative projects/ideas will be shortlisted for advanced mentoring. Subject matter experts from T-Hub, Q City, Emerging Technologies Wing, ITE&C Dept, Government of Telangana, and the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) will work with the students to help them transform their ideas into viable business propositions.

The program is open to student innovators across colleges in Telangana. Interested participants can apply here. Students are encouraged to develop a potential solution, idea or an app for reporting, curing or tracing the COVID-19 pandemic, or anything else that can help curb its spread and prevent future outbreaks. The focus areas for the program are as follows:

  • Easy detection of infected persons
  • Low cost and easy to implement 
  • Efficient tracking of infected persons and their contact with other persons
  • Regular monitoring of the spread of the virus and predict outcomes

Ravi Narayan, CEO, T-Hub, said, “The COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is an exemplary initiative taken by T-Hub, along with its innovation ecosystem partners, to utilize their existing resources and networks to explore possible solutions/innovations for the current global crisis. Through this program, we will encourage our student innovators who are leveraging disruptive technologies to find unique solutions to improve the management of the pandemic and contain further outbreaks. We hope that the new ideas that emerge will help us and our partners to step back and observe the changes and figure out ways of taking advantage of a horizon of innovative opportunities that are emerging."

Malathi Srinivas, Head Operations, Q City, said, “Q City a reputed International office space and IT park in Hyderabad, owned by Mack Soft Tech Pvt Ltd., as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) contribution, is proud to partner with T-Hub, that leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem, in helping young innovators and entrepreneurs to take their ideas in resolving serious health care challenge caused by the pandemic COVID-19.”

The benefits that the student innovators will receive are as follows: 

  • Mentorship and guidance under subject matter experts from T-Hub, which leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem 
  • To be part of a curated mentorship program by T-Hub for student entrepreneurs
  • Gain exposure to the industrial experts from Q City, Grace Cancer Foundation, CCMB and other leading corporates partners. 

The call for applications is open until 20th April, and the winners will be announced in the last week of April. For more information about the program, please visit