Social Innovation Immersion Program (SIIP)

Fellowship under SPARSH BIRAC, GoI


Theme: Waste to Value

Fourth Cohort
Innovating since
15th April 2022

Knowledge Partner

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 development of innovative solutions.

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

Features of the Fellowship

₹ 50,000 pm fellowship for 18 months + ₹ 5 Lakhs mini kick start grant

Eligibility: Indian undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or Postgraduate (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD) & PhD below 35 years


The current call is focused on Waste to Value addressing the most pressing problems the world faces today – WASTE!

The third call focused on Food and Nutrition which appealed to innovation and novel interventions to address India’s nutritional challenges.

The second 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 with were with diverse backgrounds and skills sets and identified solutions to pertinent problems faced by the ageing demography.

The first 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.

Meet the Mentors

Mr. Girish Sapra

Startup Mentor, CII and Green Energy Enthusiast

Mr. Sachin Sahni

Entrepreneur & founder of Keeros Superfoods, President of TiE, Lucknow

Ms Priya Gupta

Sarvpriye Foundation

Mr. Dhananjay Banthia

Founder & CEO, Smart Acumen, Consulting

Dr. Shruti Pavagadhi

Senior Manager (Research/Translation), NUS Environmental Research Institute

Dr. Chandan Chatterjee

Director  ADS Foundation

Ms. Smrita Pathak

Assistant Manager-IP, BCKICF

Dr. Aparajita Prasad

Director, PwC India

Dr. Smruti Ranjan Mohanty

Lead- Technology Partnership, BCKIC

Dr. Sikha Dhawan

Director Program- Share India

CA Shamik Ukil

Asst. Manager, ASA

Mr. Asutosh Nanda

Lead, KIIT Technology Enabling Centre

Dr. Sukanya Pradhan

Research Associate

Dr. Sagar Kumar Nayak

Asst Manager, Netzech Technologies

Mr. Gagan Ghai

Director, Delhi

Glimpses of June session

Glimpses of May session

Meet the Fellows of Fourth Cohort: Waste to Value

Dr. P. Balaganesh is an Environmental Engineer passionate about protecting the environment and promoting waste-free products. With the motto to make affordable products and protecting the environment, he embarks on the entrepreneurial path with SIIP.
Dr. Ayekpam Chandralekha Devi received her Ph.D. in Biotechnology from CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore. Hailing from Manipur, she strongly believes that she can significantly address the challenges of waste in the Northeast region of India.
Mr. Sriraaman is a Chemical Engineering graduate with a strong interest in sustainable research, innovation, and businesses intends to address the social difficulties encountered in the waste management arena through innovative solutions.
Ms. Romi Kumari, a biotechnologist with a diploma in environmental policy holds a patent on zero plastic biodegradable pen. Her urge to solve the issues related to waste has driven her to choose SIIP to kick start her innovation journey.
Mr. Rajnish Pratap Singh is a postgraduate in computer science (EECS) and has been developing simple innovative products from readily available resources His interest of solving real-life problems led him to choose entrepreneurship as a serious career option.

Current Call: Waste To Value

Work on solving one of the most pressing problems the world faces today – WASTE!

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 boot camp 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 provide support

 to 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 start-ups 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.

The overarching aim of this program would be to identify and equip problem solvers who can innovate as technologists, think like entrepreneurs and act as agents of social change.

Focus SDGs

Indicative Themes

  • Circular Economy
  • Waste reduction
  • Reducing carbon footprint
  • Sustainability

Indicative Waste Streams

Solid and liquid, that societies generate; municipal, industrial, commercial, agricultural, medical and electronic waste, waste water sludge and animal waste, to mention a few.

Program Offerings
Program Structure

Once selected, each SIIP fellows embarks on a tailored made program of 18 months to

Pre – Immersion Bootcamp

1 month

Problem Identification and Mapping through Field Immersion

4 months

Need Screening & Idea Filtration

1 month

Concept Generation and Solution Design

2 months

Development of Functional Prototype and a Business Plan

10 months

Innovators of Call 4

Innovators of Call 3

Innovators of Call 2

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Ideal applicant would be a graduate/post graduate/PhD from Medicine, Biotechnology, Biomedical, Design and other Engineering disciplines with a passion for solving unment clinical needs and preference to work in a multidisciplinary team.

The social innovators would be a full time fellow at KIIT Technology Business Incubator, Bhubaneswar for the duration of 18 months. This program will take the innovators to various clinical and non-clinical environments covering urban & rural healthcare and community settings as part of their immersion.

The call for applications normally opens in every 18 months on various thematic area aligned to the UN sustainable development goals. The program runs for 18 months post induction of social innovators.

At the end of the program, the fellows are expected to identify the most pertinent problem that needs to be solved and develop and design the solution towards it.  They should reach a stage where they can pitch for the next level of funding. During the tenure we would make sure that they would incorporate their start-ups, file provisional patent applications and identify the potential regulatory challenges.

The IP generated during the SIIP program would rest with the social innovators and neither BIRAC nor KIIT-TBI would claim the IP rights

Since the fellowship provides you an end-to-end view of the early stages of the innovation process, it would be a key experience to add in your resume.  The alumni from the past two cohorts have started their own enterprise and have raised the follow on funding to drive their innovation to the next level.

The applications for SIIP fellowship will be invited at the national level through advertisements in national dailies and suitable magazines.

The application will have to be submitted online through BIRAC portal. In the application form, please select KIIT TBI, Bhubaneswar as your choice of the SPARSH Centre.

The shortlisted applicants will be called for a presentation at KIIT TBI before a Technical Expert Committee.