Social Innovation Immersion Program

An Initiative Under BIRAC's SPARSH Program, Govt of India

Program Overview

The Social Innovation Immersion Program, a flagship program of BIRAC, Govt of India is an intensive 18 months fellowship program designed to cultivate a pipeline of social innovators and change-makers who will identify the unsolved societal challenges and address them through the development of innovative solutions.

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Food and Nutrition

The current call is focused on Food and Nutrition which will appeal to innovation and novel interventions to address India’s nutritional challenges.

Ageing and Health

The 2nd call specifically targeted the challenges associated with “Ageing and Health” with the aim of increasing the average life expectancy and adding life to years. The cohort was with diverse backgrounds and skills sets and identified solutions to pertinent problems faced by the ageing demography.

Maternal and Child Health

The f1st call focused on finding and solving challenges associated with Maternal and Child Health, which was a success. The four social innovators hired under the program have raised follow-on funding and have since taken their ideas closer to commercialization.

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The Journey

KIIT-TBI being the implementing partner of the program handholds these social innovators throughout the entire cycle of their journey and strives to ensure successful translation of their ideas to proof of concept and also provide a pipeline of funding opportunities to scale up these socially relevant solutions.
Once selected, each SIIP fellows embarks on a tailored made program of 18 months to
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Program Details

As part of this structured program you will have access to a pool of mentors/domain experts and high-end laboratory and research facilities. The program will take you through a bootcamp and field immersion to ensure that you have the right skills and inputs to come up with high impact solutions.

The program will act as a catalyst to
Identify and Support

cutting edge innovations towards affordable product development that can bring significant social impact and address challenges of inclusive growth.

Encourage

young innovators to establish technology-based startups and provide a pipeline of funding opportunities to scale up socially relevant solutions.

Create and Foster

a pool of social innovators and provide a platform to share best practices, understand intricacies of business models in social innovation and network.

An exceptional platform to

  • Interact with like-minded start-ups and innovators who are passionate about social change.
  • Enter the pipeline of funding opportunities to scale up your solutions
  • Create your own social start-up
  • Get mentoring guidance from clinicians and subject matter experts to guide you through the entire cycle of innovation.

Program Details

  • The application for the SIIP fellowship will have to be submitted online through BIRAC portal (https://birac.nic.in/desc_new.php?id=618).
  • In the application form, select KIIT-TBI as your SPARSH Center and complete the rest of the application.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be called for a presentation at KIIT TBI before a Technical Expert Committee for the final selection.
  • Applicant should have a drive towards entrepreneurship but may not necessarily have an idea yet;
  • Have education in areas such as Life Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine & Human Biology with qualification ranging from undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or postgraduate (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD) & PhD and under 35 years of age.