Agriculture AgTech Startup Incubation

IAIN Agritech Innovation Fellowship

The India Agritech Innovation Network (IAIN) is an initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Tata Trusts, in partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and the Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI) and powered by Social Alpha. It envisions to create an enabling ecosystem for innovators and entrepreneurs developing solutions for smallholder farmers in order to help them become more productive, profitable and empowered. 

The IAIN fellowship, powered by IIT Kanpur will support students/recent graduates that are developing deep technologies in the field of agriculture and creating positive impact to smallholder farmers solving challenges listed below, but not limited to:

  1. Soil Health management
  2. Agri Mechanisation
  3. Remote Sensing and Climate Prediction
  4. Smart Irrigation
  5. Weather resilient solutions
  6. Quality seed, manures, fertilizers and biocides
  7. Better post-harvest loss management
  8. Value-added activities
  9. Agriculture waste to value
  10. Market access
  11. Agri advisory and data driven decisions
  12. FPO strengthening and management
  13. Dairy- Nutrition, Health and Disease Management & access to extension services
  14. Fisheries: Optimising inland fishery and improvement of yield
  15. Goatery & Poultry: yield intensification, market access and breeding

Eligibility for applying to the fellowship program:

  1. Must be a student/ fresh graduate pursuing engineering or any course within the science discipline
  2. Below the age of 35
  3. Must be an Indian national
  4. Developing an agritech solution impacting smallholder farmers in India

What’s on offer: 

The fellowship offers a financial support upto INR 50,000 per month for a period of 12 months. If the startup receives an equity/grant funding of more than INR 20 Lakhs, the fellowship maybe terminated by the committee.