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About 9th Indian Innovation Initiative

9th Indian Innovation Initiative (i3) 2017 is a National Level Competition that aims to promote entrepreneurship in the country by sensitising, encouraging and facilitating innovators for commercialization of their innovations.The applicant must have a prototype (working model/software/simulation) or proof of concept or that is demonstrable.

9th Indian Innovation Initiative (i3) is for Indian Citizens who can either participate individually or in teams from academia, government laboratories, non-government R&D institutions and laboratories, incorporated early-stage startups and other non-incorporated entities. However, the candidate applying has to ensure that:

  • The submitted innovative product or technology must be beyond the idea stage, solving at least one industrial or social challenge.
  • The potential to commercialise within 2-3 years.

9th Indian Innovation Initiative is conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India.

9th Indian Innovation Initiative Dates


Event  Date
Last Date for Application Submission 2 September 2017
Screening of Applications for Regional Round 20 August - 10 September 2017
Regional Fairs & Entrepreneurship Training Workshops TBA
National Fair & Awards Ceremony TBA


The candidates enrolled in Accredited Technical institutions (AICTE ) are also eligible to apply. The winners under this category will be recognised and rewarded by AICTE.

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9th Indian Innovation Initiative Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Any
Region  India
Class/ Age  18 years and above
  • Participants can be individual or a team (Max 4 Innovators) whose innovative initiative is ahead of the ideal stage and must have solved at least one or more than one Industrial or Social Challenge.
  • Participating team or Individual’s Innovation must have a potential of getting commercialise in 2-3 years.

9th Indian Innovation Initiative Reward

The award categories for 9th India Innovation Initiative 2017 are yet to be announced.The candidates who have applied for India Innovation Initiative 2017 this year can have an idea of the award categories: 

 Prize Amount 

1st Prize –Best Innovator (Platinum)

Rs 50,000 &Trophy & Certificate

2nd  Prize–Best Innovator (Gold)

Rs 30,000 & Trophy & Certificate

3rd Prize – Best Innovator (Silver)

Rs 20,000 & Trophy & Certificate

VTA Award for Most Promising Innovator

Rs10,000, incubation and mentoring support from Valluri Technology Accelerators (VTA) and Certificate

IVCA Awards for Top Innovators

Rs 5,000 each, mentoring and funding connect from IVCA and Certificate  (No. of Awards 3)

Young Indians Awards for Best Young Innovators

Rs 7,000 each and Certificate (No. of Awards 3)

Top 100 Innovators 

  • Will get free, exclusive and high-quality pre-incubation training through orientation workshops organized in four different regions of the country.
  • Opportunity to present their innovations live in front of a Jury through a brief presentation and Q&A session organized as part of the Regional workshop.

Top 20

  • Selected from the regional round will get the opportunity to present their innovations live in front of a Grand Jury comprising eminent persons through a brief pitching and Q&A session.The winners of the top awards will be recognized and awarded at a gala Awards function.

Participation in National Fair in Delhi: All applications will undergo online evaluation by the i3 Expert Committee.The shortlisted innovators will be invited to participate and exhibit their innovations/projects in The National Fair & Awards Ceremony (a two-day event) in New Delhi.  

Winners of AICTE Category: The winners under the AICTE category will also be recognised and rewarded by AICTE.

9th Indian Innovation Initiative Application form and Process

Participants can apply for the Innovative Initiative online as well as offline. For online applications, participants have to fill the online registration form along with the list of relevant documents given below.

The candidates who are applying offline must follow the rules of language and documentation and have to maintain the proper formatting of the application under the word limits specified.

Documents to be enclosed with the application form

  • Brief profile of the innovator with a passport-size photograph.
  • It is important to submit proof of identity as part of the Application form. Documents accepted:  Passport, Aadhaar, Voter ID, Driving License, PAN Card.
  • CompletedPAF Template/ Document:
    • Summary of the innovative solution.
    • High-resolution pictures of the prototype/working model.
    • All questions pertaining to the invention.
  • Upload the signed and scanned Certificate/Undertaking form that is attached as part of the Application Form.

Submission of application form for 9th Indian Innovation initiative:

Applications for 9th Indian Innovation Initiative (i3) can be submitted both online and offline.

Online Submission:  The candidates who wish to apply online have to fill and submit the application form along with the required documents on the official website of CII Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

9th Indian Innovation Initiative Selection Process

All applications will undergo online evaluation by the i3 Expert Committee. Applications will be assessed and selected on the basis of criteria given below by the i3 Expert Committee consisting of jury members derived from the government, academia, and industries. The shortlisted innovators will be invited to participate and exhibit their innovations/projects in The National Fair & Awards Ceremony (a two-day event) in New Delhi. 

Selection Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality of the Innovation: The innovation must be different in its area of application that can impact the society. The innovation should be in the form of a prototype (working model of a product or service) and should not be copied or stolen by any means.
  • Application of Innovation: The innovation should have solved at least one existing industrial and social challenge related to the focused areas prescribed in the program.
  • The potential for commercialization: The innovation should have a significant potential for commercialization within next two or three years. Innovations with higher utility or problem-solving capacity are more likely to be selected for commercialization. The innovator must be motivated to commercialize his/her innovation(s).
  • The potential for addressing industrial and/or social concerns: The innovation should target to solve at least one existing industrial and social challenge.

Areas for Submission of the Project

The Applications for 9th Indian Innovation Initiative (i3) 2017 are invited for innovative prototypes in one of the following areas:

Agriculture  Consumer Electronics Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

Food & Food Technology

Clean & Renewable Energy



Life Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bio Pharma
  • Biotechnology


  • Diagnostics
  • Medical Instruments
  • other Medical services


  • E-commerce
  • Edtech
  • Fintech
  • Human Resources &Training
  • Biometrics & Security
  • others

Transportation & Logistics




9th Indian Innovation Initiative Address

Plot No. 249-F,
Udyog Vihar, Phase IV,
Sector 18, Gurgaon,
Haryana 122015, India

9th Indian Innovation Initiative Contact Details

Phone: 91-124-4592960
Email: anushree.goel@cii.in

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