An Initiative By
National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB)
Department of Science & Technology (DST)
Government of India
NIDHI4COVID2.0 initiative has been specially devised as a rapid response to support startup driven solutions , which would be helpful in tackling the current challenging, second wave of Covid 2.0 in the country. NIDHI4COVID2.0 is a special drive of National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI) for supporting indigenous solutions and innovative products which would enable our country to fight against COVID-19 pandemic more strongly. This has been built based on NSTEDB's past experience of implementing Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) and also through special calls through National Initiative For Developing And Harnessing Innovations - Seed Support System (NIDHI - SSS) from Technology business incubators (TBI) to support Startups last year. In the current situation too, startups can play a major role in bringing new technologies and products in the market, thus making our country stronger at various fronts against the ongoing war on COVID. Some of the startups already have promising technologies but need mentoring, financial and marketing support to go to the next level. Thus, DST's attempt through this new initiative is to scout and support deserving startups with much needed support to scale up their technologies, helping them reach the product deployment stage as fast as possible.