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National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) is an umbrella program conceived and developed by the Innovation & Entrepreneurship division, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, for nurturing ideas and innovations (knowledge-based and technology-driven) into successful startups.

To inspire the best talents to be entrepreneurs, minimise the risk involved in pursuing start-ups, and to partially set off their opportunity costs of high paying jobs, NSTEDB has introduced NIDHI-Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) Program. The Program aims to encourage graduating students to take up entrepreneurship by providing support as a fellowship.

The NIDHI-EIR Program would provide a fellowship of Rs. 10,000 to 30,000/- per month for a period of 12 months to an aspiring or budding entrepreneur of considerable potential for pursuing a promising technology enterprise idea. If the work demands more than 12 months, it could be extended up to 18 months, but maximum fellowship amount is limited to Rs. 3.6 lakh per candidate. It is expected that NIDHI-EIR recipient forms a startup / develop a technology at the end of program.

EIR receipients

Hellodoc a Telehealth app
D.Kumar Siddharth
Uno Track - Live tracking device
Avinash Thakur
Buzzbag - Safety wallet for women
Mayur U Shetty
Sanjivini - Vaccine carrier
Donson D’Souza
Expedition (Travel bag)
Anup R Kayande
Automated farming
Vaibhav Thacker
Drug Delivery via Intraocular Lens For Post Cataract Treatment
Joyce Pinto
Portable water extractor from Snow & Sea water
Ishani Dutta
Back YourScience - Crowdfunding
Shashank Koushik
Prachetha Shetty
Electromechanical cleaning and drying of paddy
Deepen Solanki
Virtual tour of property using VR
Shrinidhi Acharya
Fitness Doughout
Srinivas Mishra
Aspiration Syringe puller
Tanushree Sinha
Binge Yard
Shalini Pallikila
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