About the Challenge

About the Challenge

Station Access and Mobility Program

The Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) incentivizes the use of public mass transit by improving access to the system. It is an initiative of World Resources Institute
(WRI India) and the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF). The multi-year, multi-city initiative works with metro rail agencies and other local partners, to enable innovative solutions for integrated mobility in Indian cities. It focuses on refining startup solutions for last mile connectivity and select proposals with high potential for impact for pilot demonstrations. The programme has been designed for the Indian scenario to foster innovation for mobility. It also supports proven solutions in their critical growth period to ensure success and sustainability. The program deploys a four-step process involving the identification of gaps and opportunities that impact accessibility to metro stations through surveys, enable entrepreneurs, transit agencies to understand the local context through area-based, multi-stakeholder workshops, catalyze innovation through the STAMP Challenge and implement business ideas emerging from the Challenge through pilot projects. It was held in Bengaluru in 2017 and took place in Hyderabad in 2018. 


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The STAMP Challenge looks for a wide range of innovative solutions which can enhance accessibility to the metro rail in different ways. Proposals need to address at least one of the following components of improved first and last mile connectivity.

  • Universal access and enhanced public realm
  • Feeder systems and integrated mobility
  • Enhanced safety and security
  • Parking access and management
  • Pedestrian and cyclist priority


What does the Challenge offer?

The STAMP Challenge offers participants the chance to engage with WRI India’s domain experts and a global network of mentors drawn from our partner organisations. Shortlisted candidates will attend an intensive bootcamp tailored to support the legal, technical, and business development of mobility solutions.

Finalists will receive support in the following three areas:

 Enterprise: Business development and strategy, business plan reviews, pilot design, legal compliance planning, government engagement tools and other technical support


  Exposure: Access to a wide network of experts, advisors, governments and local authority representatives, investors, potential partners, etc.


 Financial: Research grants to be awarded for further development of business idea, product or service.


Who can apply?

The Challenge invites applications from individuals, private enterprises, academic institutions and citizens’ groups.

Applicants need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be registered as a legal entity in India or has an Indian partner
  • Operate in an Indian city
  • Be in proof-of-concept or pilot stage (mature enterprises in post-pilot or scale-up stages are also welcome to apply)
  • Abide by the Terms and Conditions of the Challenge
  • Be available to implement and operate their solution on-the-ground 

Experts and Mentors

Ramesh Loganathan

Professor Co-Innovation and Head Research Outreach, IIIT Hyderabad

N.V.S. Reddy

Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited

Murali Talasila

Partner & Innovation Leader, PwC

Phanindra Sama

Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Telangana

K.V.B. Reddy

Managing Director& CEO at L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad

Sreekanth Perepu

Investment Director, Hyderabad Angels

Revathy Ashok

CEO & Managing Trustee, B.PAC

O.P. Agarwal

CEO, WRI India

V Ravichandar

Chairman, Feedback Consulting

Important Dates

Stay posted for dates of the next STAMP Challenge


WRI India and Toyota Mobility Foundation work with an ecosystem of government and private partners to deploy the STAMP Challenge. Please get in touch if you would like to partner with us on the STAMP Challenge or any other area of work.