Sustainathon 2023

Sustainathon 2023 is a unique and year-long event commencing on October 12, 2023, in India and the United Kingdom, offering students an opportunity to build prototypes and create scalable startups. The core of Sustainathon revolves around addressing large-scale challenges like energy production and consumption sectors through tech-driven solutions that are efficient, eco-conscious, and practical.

This pursuit aligns with several Sustainable Development Goals, including

Deshpande Startups is a unique incubation platform that supports mission-driven entrepreneurs with knowledge, resources, and networks to start and then scale their ventures by penetrating the markets of Bharat (rural and semi-urban India). It was Initiated in 2016 and is currently India’s largest and most comprehensive platform of its kind.

Established in 2000, the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre, located at the University of Manchester, is one of the United Kingdom’s leaders in practitioner-based, applied enterprise education. The Centre is dedicated to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the next generation of innovators and startup businesses.



Achieving sustainability within urban landscapes goes beyond adopting electric vehicles. It encompasses optimizing urban transport, enhancing water supply infrastructure, innovating waste disposal methods, and developing energy-efficient buildings.

Examples: Smart Safety infrastructure, connected vehicles (community radio), Carbon Capture and Storage, and Efficient EV charging infrastructure.

Energy production contributes significantly to air pollution. We need innovative solutions for energy production and consumption, making alternative energy sources more accessible and sustainable.

Examples: Smart Grids, Microgrids, Energy from walking tracks, and Energy management systems.


Food & Water

A sustainable food and water system ensures healthy lives and a sustainable environment. It minimizes waste, encourages sustainable consumption, and conserves vital resources.

Examples: Wastewater treatment, Terrace farming solutions, Desalination and Water Recycling, Rainwater Harvesting, and Composting.

Individuals play a pivotal role in driving sustainability. Innovations targeting recycling, transportation, and the reduction of single-use items are instrumental in fostering sustainable lifestyles.

Examples: Smart Shopping, Eco-Friendly Transportation, Bamboo product making, Biodegradable fabric, cultural growth, good health and well-being.

Lifestyle & Consumption

Business & Production

Sustainable businesses are founded on environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable principles. This entails practical tools like CO2 tracking and organizational policies like pay equity.

Examples: Smart packaging, sustainable tourism, and Resource Efficiency.