3M-CII Young Innovators Challenge Awards

Investing in Youth-Led Innovations For a Better Tomorrow!

The Hall of Fame

YICA 2020 is now closed and the season is completed. If you are an innovator or know someone who fits the bill, please share your details through the form below. Stay Tuned!


Inclusive Ideas for a Resilient India

The ideas and innovations must either displace an existing situation to replace it with positive change or alter the status quo with variables that can create improvement in impact. The challenge will showcase the best innovations at work that can drive strategies for resilient societies.

The ideas and innovations considered for submission must have a strong proof of concept and projects off the ground must be early stage. Submissions invited across sectors, be it in the areas of health, education, livelihood, environment, art & culture, governance and/or inclusive development.

How to choose your category?


The creation or introduction of a good or service that generates unique value to its audience. Product innovation must offer a tangible end result. E.g. product invention, new technical specification or qualitative improvement that impacts the functioning of the solution offered.


A service product or service process that is based on some technology or systematic method. E.g Distribution process, use of technology for delivery of service etc. Though the innovation itself could be intangible, however, the impact it creates should have a clear definition.


The most inclusive in nature and spread across almost everything but should specifically address rural and remote communities and/or regions. The ideas under this category are expected to add new economic or social value to rural life. All submissions should be nominations.

What Does The Award Offer?

The award bestows a wide variety of support and opportunities to the winners every year

Prizes of Rs. 18,00,000

6 winners will be awarded with a total “prize” fund of Rs. 18,00,000. There are two prizes under each category, each worth Rs.3,00,00: Impact Prize and Idea Prize

Strong Alumni Network

Knowledge Series offered to all participants and alumni to support innovators in their journey of change-making 

Media Opportunities

Media opportunities for all the winning innovations of the season

Virtual Showcase at the CII India Innovation Summit 2020

The winning entries would be able to virtually showcase their innovation at the India Innovation Summit 2020

Feedback Opportunities

Access to “Virtual Sessions with domain experts and 3M panelists” to receive feedback on the business scope of selected ideas.

Storytelling Opportunities

Exclusive storytelling with dedicated online media partner

What Do Our Previous Winners Say About The Award

"3M is a worldwide brand and has a great brand image, so an award with 3M also gave us prestige and exposure to help us grow faster"

Kristen KagetsuCo-Founder, Saathi Pads, Winner - 2016

3M Young Innovators Challenge Award has opened many doorways for us in terms of raising awareness regarding challenges encountered by visually impaired people.

Ankita GulatiCo-Founder, TouchVision, Winner - 2018

The award did indeed put up the cause of rural and tribal education at a big stage. The amount of outreach the product has got due to 3M was unimaginable. The funding made sure that the project was sustainable.

Annu Shree GulatiFounder, Panchayat Shikshan Kendra, Winner - 2018

Some glimpses from the previous years

YICA 2020 is now closed and the season is completed. If you are an innovator or know someone who fits the bill, please share your details through the form below. Stay Tuned!