Funding Support


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

Under this initiative, DST has launched NIDHI – Promoting and Accelerating Young and Aspiring innovators & Startups (NIDHI-PRAYAS) program. The program caters to idea-stage entrepreneurs with a physical product offering, who require support/ funding for prototyping. It would also facilitate the women innovators with the Physical infrastructure, Technical Guidance, Business Mentorship etc.

AIC Banasthali is Rajasthan’s 1st and only NIDHI PRAYAS Centre supported by DST, Government of India

The objective of PRAYAS Centre at AIC Banasthali is to support Women-led Innovators by providing prototyping grant upto Rs. 10.00 Lakhs and help with world class Lab facilities at Banasthali for the development of Proof of Concept/Minimum Viable Product or a Ready Product. The focus is on addressing the idea to prototype funding gaps: 

  • To enable translation of an innovative idea to a prototype
  • To provide a platform for faster experimentation and modify approaches in the idea to market journey
  • To generate innovative solutions relevant to the local and global problems
  • To attract a large number of youths who demonstrate problem solving zeal and abilities to work on their new technology/ knowledge/ innovation-based start ups
  • To enhance the pipeline in terms of quality and quantity of innovative start-ups to the incubators
  • To build a vibrant innovation ecosystem, by establishing a network between innovators, academia, mentors and incubators

Avail Grant–in–Aid upto Rs. 10 lakhs for prototype development under NIDHI – PRAYAS program

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Ms. Saumya Rawat

Ekosight Technologies Pvt Ltd

A point of use handheld soil health analysis and fertilizer recommendation device which gives a quantitative analysis of soil micro and macronutrients and does soil nutrient mapping with its integrated geotagging

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Ms. Shaifali Chopra

Yuvitel Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

The innovation majorly bridges the gap in rural healthcare in India. The product offers healthcare facilities directly at the doorsteps, thus detecting health issues at a very early stage and reducing the cost of travel. The product also has an inbuilt Tele-diagnosis and Tele-medicine system to accomplish patient Investigation and Treatment at the doorstep.

Ms. Siri Chandana Vodela

Favo Construction Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Favo’s Automason: Brick Masonry Collaborative Robot is a compact and mobile robot that automatically cuts, applies mortar, and builds walls using auto-leveling based on standard civil engineering drawings

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Dr. Neelam Rathore

Individual Innovator

The proposed solution purifies the indoor air using charged air particles. It uses novel material based electrodes to generate air-ions and an active material to produce air-particles

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Dr. Urvashi Amit Joshi


The device is oriented to address the problem of febrile seizure through a continuous monitoring of three biomarkers: temperature, glucose condition and oxygen level. The product also offers non-invasive glucose measuring and an alert system.


Ms. Maitree Dedhia

Trebirth Private Limited

A high precision, non-invasive scanner device to detect the infestation, its level in the plant stem and location of stem borers in crops.

Ms. Aakriti Jain

Pehel Smart Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Using the processes of Anaerobic Digestion and chlorination, aim to make consumer-friendly and automated bio spittoons, which can be used at various commercial and public places like railway stations, bus depots, large public offices, food streets, paan corners, metro stations, trains, buses, hospitals, and at homes as well.

Dr. Sugandhi Gopal

Carditek Medical Devices Pvt. Ltd.

Creating a compact device for long term cardiac monitoring. which will be a game-changer for diagnostics in heart problems. It’s a “Place it on the chest and it’s good to go “ product It’s packed with convenient features like results in seconds, real-time continuous monitoring, a 24×7 back office, AI, and a medical support alarm system for quick information.

Dr. Divya Sriram

DNOME Pvt. Ltd.

The purpose of our innovation is to Create diagnostic tools that are rapid, accurate and can be used in point-of-care settings for the diagnosis of infectious diseases at scale. And carry out this process without using complex machines, skilled labour and complex biological protocols. Our innovation allows multiplexing and make testing easy for end user by means of integrating D-LAMP technology in a Lateral flow device (LFD).