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Ministry of Science & Technology

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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh says, 604 aspiring entrepreneurs or startups have been supported so far under National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI)- Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) program.

The grants have been disbursed in the form of fellowship to the selected aspiring entrepreneurs or startups across the country through a network of 29 Technology Business Incubator (TBIs)

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said, 604 aspiring entrepreneurs or startups have been supported so far under National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI)- Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) program.

In a statement laid on the table of the Lok Sabha, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the grants have been disbursed in the form of fellowship to the selected aspiring entrepreneurs or startups across the country through a network of 29 Technology Business Incubator (TBIs) who act as a program implementation partner for NIDHI EIR program.

Entrepreneurs-in- Residence (EIR) is the program introduced under the umbrella of National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) by Department of Science & Technology (DST) in the financial year 2016-17. This program aims to inspire and provide support to S&T qualified persons who aspire to be an entrepreneur and has an innovative idea. The NIDHI EIR program is positioned as a pre-incubation program to generate new pipeline of entrepreneurs or startups.

The main objective of NIDHI EIR program is to encourage graduating students to take entrepreneurship instead of seeking jobs. The selected NIDHI-EIR support recipient (aspiring entrepreneurs/startups) is eligible for grant up to Rs.30,000/- per month for a period of 12 months. This fellowship is extendable up to 18 months in case of deserving candidates. Since the launch of NIDHI EIR program grant of Rs.19.03 crore has been disbursed to 604 number of aspiring entrepreneur or startups. This state wise list of NIDHI EIR recipients is given at Table 1.

Table 1

StateNumber of NIDHI EIR supported entrepreneurs/startups
Andhra Pradesh6
Assam12
Bihar10
Chhattisgarh8
Goa6
Gujarat33
Haryana13
Himachal Pradesh2
Jammu and Kashmir3
Jharkhand4
Karnataka90
Kerala31
Madhya Pradesh18
Maharashtra94
Manipur1
Odisha47
Punjab2
Rajasthan18
Tamil Nadu77
Telangana18
Uttarakhand6
Uttar Pradesh54
West Bengal25
Delhi25
Pondicherry1
Total604

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