As we head closer to the New Year, the excitement for the Challenge is increasing.  Our Indian universities (TERI, IITB, SIMSR, IITR and VIT) will reopen for their new semesters soon and the classes for Acara Challenge will begin.  Field visits, lectures on design thinking, business plans, and more will follow.

We are currently seeking mentors for the Challenge especially Team MentorsTeam mentors dedicate themselves to a single university team and guide them through the entire cycle – course, challenge and perhaps further. Team mentors are expected to spend 2-3 hours a week with the team. This could be in person or virtually, so you don’t have to be in the same city (but it helps).

Don’t be intimidated by this task. Students really need just basic help from someone experienced in business or this kind of process. Getting confidence in identifying problem areas, possible solutions and business models is a big part of what students are learning. Team mentors help guide that process by asking questions and getting the students to think about key areas. So even if the challenge isn’t in “your domain”, you can still add value to the team. Mentors with product development or business development expertise are valued.

Please sign up here. Acara will pair you up with your choice of university, provide training and other resources. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or write to me on