About Nidhi Prayas

PRomoting and Accelerating Young and ASpiring technology entrepreneurs (PRAYAS) is a program specifically to support young innovators turn their ideas into proof-of-concepts. This support allows the innovators to try their ideas without fear of failure, hence allowing them to reach a stage where they have a ready product and are ready for commercialization by starting up with the help of the Incubator.

If you have conceptualized a product idea and want to convert it to a product leading to a startup venture, apply for the Nidhi Prayas Program at IIEC IIT Gandhinagar.

The call for applications is currently open. Submit your application on or before April 20, 2022.

Objectives of PRAYAS Prototyping Grant

o  Enable translation of an innovative idea to a prototype.
o  Provide a platform for faster experimentation and modify approaches in the idea to market journey.
o  Generate innovative solutions relevant to the local and global        problems.
o  Attract a large number of youth who demonstrates problem solving zeal and abilities
o  A pre-incubation program or pipeline activity leading to startup incubation.  

Eligibility for PRAYAS support 

The eligibility criteria for the applicants for PRAYAS program are as follows :
The PRAYAS program is focused to provide support to individual innovators primarily to convert their ideas into prototype. Any individual applying for PRAYAS has to be an Indian Citizen. Applications can be made by:

1. An Individual Innovator OR Team of Innovators
2. A Startup
3. Innovators in employment OR Students with any R& D organisation / Academic Institution

with a full time commitment and clear road map for Commercialization or Startup creation.

Priority areas for support

Advance Manufacturing

Internet of Things


Mobility Solutions




Benefits under the program

  • A prototype grant of upto INR 10 lakhs to build a prototype.
  • Access to Tinkerer’s Lab, IITGN Library, Labs
  • Mentorship in design, development, technology and business,
  • Support in IP protection
  • Access to IIEC Co-working space, mentors
  • Help in commercialization

Nature of projects eligible for support

  • Projects identifying well defined problem and proposing a well thought technical solutions
  • The idea proposed should be innovative/ novel leading to IP creation.
  • Project should relate to converting an idea into a prototype and should be implementable within 18-month duration.
  • Technology ideas and proposals that can result in a viable startup shall be preferred

    However, projects involving pure software development, fundamental research / student academic/ exploratory work shall not be eligible for support under this program. 

Supported Projects

Cohort-1 (2020)



Chandan Kumar Jha

Developing an engaging virtual reality-based rehabilitation system that will entice stroke patients (with disability) to perform gamified exercises for prolonged duration to recover from their disability quickly. The system will also monitor the quality of movements made by the patients in real-time and track the recovery progress by generating different quantitative assessments of the hand kinematics and a simplified aggregate score.

InfyU Labs


Amit Srivastava

Developing a lab in a pocket device which will help the quality manager of food processors and food exporters to do the quality assessment of the incoming fruit consignment at the source of procurement itself.


Ankita Sinha

The project aims to demonstrate the applicability of 3D concrete printing technology in housing sector by using the indigenously developed 3D Concrete printing technology for the construction by MiCOB. As an outcome of this project, a cost-effective, 3d printed concrete room of 3mx3mx2m would be constructed, which would offer better thermal comfort, reduced material consumption, reduced carbon foot print as compared to conventional construction.

Kairios Robotics



Developing a lab in a pocket device which will help the quality manager of food processors and food exporters to do the quality assessment of the incoming fruit consignment at the source of procurement itself.

E-Vega Mobility


Shubham Mishra

Propose to design hardware device for testing and analyzing lithium-ion batteries using state of the art ML algorithms. The product will solve the problem of complex, time taking and costly Lithium battery testing which is in practice currently.




Developing Hybrid solar gas cook-stove which works on Bio-gas/LPG/Natural Gas along with solar electricity. Hybrid solar gas stove works on patent pending micro-flame internal combustion burner technology which reduces the energy consumption.

MB2 Nanomaterials


Harini Gunda

The project is related to solid propellants additive substitute used in missiles and rockets for defence, space and other commercial applications.

Golden Plastics


Rajdeep Devra

Propose to develop a single consolidated system that takes plastic waste as input and directly 3D prints various products from it. Thus, it valorizes waste plastic into usable commercial products.

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