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As part of its mission to tackle some of the world’s most critical development challenges, TechEmerge is accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge innovations that improve efficiency and affordability in India’s vital temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) sector, while minimizing its climate footprint. TechEmerge will match competitively selected innovators from across the world with one of India’s largest cold chain logistics providers, Snowman Logistics, to pilot sustainable TCL technologies, services, and business models on the ground in one of the world’s fastest-growing cooling markets.

The TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Innovation TCL India program offers a total pool of up to US$500,000 in grant funding to implement pilots. The TechEmerge team also provides support throughout field testing to help innovators mitigate financial and operational risks, reduce adoption risks for local firms like Snowman, and facilitate market-entry and tech transfer.

Why cold chain logistics? Gaps and inefficiencies in cold chains are a major development issue in India and worldwide – contributing to food loss and vaccine wastage and driving up costs for consumers, producers, and businesses.

There is a pressing need for better cooling infrastructure. At the same time, cooling comes at a high environmental cost. Cooling already accounts for 15% of energy used worldwide and produces 10% of greenhouse gases, and demand is growing rapidly, so solutions must be climate-smart too.




  • Brochure – Accelerating Adoption of Sustainable Temperature-Controlled Logistics in India. 
  • Guide – How to Apply via the TechEmerge Portal


Application deadline: September 24, 2021



What are we looking for?

TechEmerge is seeking innovative, climate-smart, and cost-effective innovations that improve operational efficiency in temperature-controlled logistics from source to final delivery point. This includes, but is not limited to, space cooling, transport, and IoT-enabled asset management, such as:

  • Refrigerated warehousing and applications for packaging and sorting.

  • Renewable/low energy/hybrid cooling technologies for inter-city reefer transportation.

  • Last-mile refrigerated supply chain solutions for short-term transit.

  • Innovative cooling solutions for pharma transport.

  • IoT/AI-based asset management solutions to optimize equipment efficiency and maintain cold chain fidelity.



logo snowman logistics

Snowman Logistics is one of India’s largest integrated temperature-controlled logistics service providers, specializing in warehousing, distribution, and other value-add services. State-of-the-art warehousing facilities in prime locations like Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru, coupled with integrated distribution solutions, allow Snowman to ensure product quality and temperature integrity of products from point of origin to consumption. Its clients come from a wide range of key sectors, including fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, confectionary and baked goods, ready-to-cook foods, and pharmaceuticals.

More than 500 cities are covered by Snowman’s primary and secondary distribution networks, and its fleet of 264 refrigeration vehicles can handle loads ranging from 2.5 tonnes to 20 tonnes, including for the last-mile. Snowman also provides services beyond warehousing and distribution, such as kitting, labeling, sorting, stuffing and de-stuffing of containers, repacking, and bulk breaking. It also sorts, grades, packs, and washes select fruits and vegetables, while blast freezers installed at select warehouses can preserve products to -40°C.

Snowman has been in operation since 1993 and is listed on both the NSE and BSE.

snowman facilities and employees working





  • September 9, 2021 – Applications Open
  • September 24, 2021 – Applications Close
  • October 2021 – Finalists Announced
  • November 2021 – Matchmaking with Snowman
  • December 2021 – Pilots Begin




  • Access a total pool of up to USD 500,000 in grant funding to support pilot projects on the ground in India.
  • Partner with an industry-leading temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) provider committed to sustainability, with the potential for successful pilots to lead to commercial partnerships.
  • Receive guidance from TechEmerge and our global network of expert industry advisors to develop pilot implementation and market entry strategies.
  • Potential IFC investment for successful innovators with scalable solutions.




  • This call for innovation is open to entrepreneurs, startups, and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Women entrepreneurs and women-led companies are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Innovators must be privately-owned companies, typically with less than 50 employees and less than US$100M in venture capital funding (with some exceptions).
  • Innovations must respond to the cooling needs and challenges of Snowman Logistics.
  • Solutions should be clean, sustainable, resource-efficient, demonstrate strong value for money, and have the potential to scale.
  • Innovators must allocate time and resources to participate in the program's virtual meetings and matchmaking events, and implement pilot projects on the ground.
  • Priority will be given to proven solutions/innovations that have been installed in at least one commercial setting, but innovations at the product development stage will also be considered. 




  • Assess: We identify challenges and gaps in sustainable cooling, and work closely with potential technology adopters, such as Snowman Logistics, to ensure we understand and align with their needs.
  • Source: We launch an open call for innovators across the globe who have market-relevant solutions to apply to join the program.
  • Select: With our network of expert advisors, we select high-performing innovators with proven technologies that can meet the needs of participating adopters.
  • Match: Through a carefully curated process, we connect shortlisted innovators with leading businesses and cooling adopters to demonstrate their products/solutions, and to discuss potential pilot project partnerships.
  • Pilot: With our support, selected innovators and adopters partner to test technologies on the ground.
  • Scale: If the pilot is successful, the local adopter and innovator may decide to enter into a commercial contract. IFC also evaluates financing needs and may invest in companies to scale game-changing innovations. 

Application deadline: September 24, 2021


This program is implemented in partnership with the government of the United Kingdom.


Market Context

 Global Cooling Market

At a global level, the market value of the cooling sector is expected to reach US$367 billion by 2030, a 40 percent increase from 2018. If business as usual continues, energy used for cooling worldwide is expected to triple by 2050. Furthermore, in tropical countries like India, demand could increase five-fold, driving up costs for businesses and fueling greenhouse gas emissions.

 Rising Demand in India

India is one of the fastest-growing cooling markets in the world, and demand for temperature-controlled logistics is rising rapidly. Over roughly the next 20 years, commercial and domestic demand for refrigeration is expected to quadruple in India to 2,400,000 TR, according to the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP). ICAP also forecasts that energy required to keep produce fresh at warehouses will increase almost fifty-fold from 22,000 MWh to 5.2 TWh, while the number of temperature-controlled reefer trucks will grow from approximated 15,000 in 2018 to 400,000 in 2038.

Advisor Network

This program is supported by a network of advisors with vast experience in assessing cooling and TCL technologies across the world and promoting sustainable investments in emerging markets.