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IIITH Foundation is announcing a summer programme for students to help built the next big deep-tech startup.

The participants will go through a 4 weeks resident programme. The selected deep-tech ideas will be nurtured and mentored by research fellows from IIITH Research Labs and Startup ecosystem partners of IIIT.

Areas of Focus:

  • Robotics
  • AR/VR
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Other sub–domains of AI


  • Getting the business case right.
  • Customer Journey Mapping.
  • Ecosystem Play.
  • Establishing Go-To - Market frameworks.
  • The best idea wins a Rs. 5 Lakhs Grant to help continue build the product and business.
  • The best ideas may also get invited for the pitchday of IIITHF’s AVISHKAR Deep-tech Accelerator programme.

Who are eligible to apply?

Undergraduate/Graduate/Post Graduate Students who are excited about building the next big startup in the deep-tech domain shall apply for the programme.

Process of Application

The applications shall be recommended by the Head of the Department or Institute Head to which the applicant belongs. Only applications vetted by the institute shall be considered for the programme. A hackathon will be held among the shortlisted applications. The selected ideas from the hackathon will go through the summer programme. At the end of the programme the idea with the best traction stands to win a Rs. 5 Lakhs Grant to continue the product and business development.

A note on Deep – Technology

India has witnessed a surge in the startup sector with a recorded number of 19000 startups in 2016. Majority of the startups are in the consumer internet and financial services space. As most of the common problem statements out of which business cases and startups emerge as solutions are addressed, a new domain opens up for startups that employ technology that address deeper and complicated problem statements. “DISHA” would be a good place to start-off if you are dreaming to build the next Robotics Company or you are working on an idea that requires Machine Learning/ NLP/ Computer Vision algorithms or latest AR/VR assets.

Programme Details

Process Date
Last date to submit Application 30th April, 2017
Idea Screening 1st May, 2017-6th May, 2017
Shortlisted Students Announcements 8th May, 2017
Hackathon 15th May, 2017 - 20th May, 2017
Final Selects Announcements after Elimination 20th May, 2017
Summer Programme 22nd May, 2017 - 19th June, 2017


  1. What is the purpose of the program?
    To support students in any engineering colleges with product ideas involving deep technology. The program will help take these ideas closer to reality with lots of biz and tech mentoring and assistance. At end students will pitch to our investors.
  2. What is the schedule/activities expected in the program?
    5 weeks programme combination of talks, bootcamps, research connect, and a lots of time to build with tech help. Will start with a hackathon followed by the 4 week workshop.
  3. Who can apply ?
    All the UG/PG students who have idea in deep-tech technologies like AR/VR, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, NLP, Robotics and other sub domains of AI, etc….
  4. What is the selection Process ?
    Firstly, the students have to submit their idea through online application form and then the shortlisted students will be called for Hackathon and based on the student's performance, the final shortlist of students will be made by selection panel who will undergo the 5-week programme.
  5. Do I need to be physically present for the Hackathon ?
    No. The students can participate in the hackathon offline/online. The students have to solve the problem statements given by the CIE@IIIT-H.
  6. What is the purpose of hackathon?
    To assess the ability to build technology solutions in any area that participant is planning to work on.
  7. What are the timings of the program?
    The students have to attend the program from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and work on their idea.
  8. What kind of workshops will be conducted ?
    The students will undergo workshops on Business and Technology. Also, the students will be given tech and business mentors who will help students build their product.
  9. Will I get to access IIIT-H research labs?
    Yes. If students face any challenge during the product development. The student can get help from Research Student and Research lab.
  10. What are the incentives to the students?
    The best team will win the cash prize and also get an opportunity to get seed-fund of 5 Lakhs. Apart from this the students can participate in all the other events that CIE@IIIT-H conducts during the course of the program.
  11. What happens after the 5 weeks ?
    At end there will be a pitch day where startup investors and mentors will be invited. Promising ideas will qualify for funding and mentorship by CIE@IIIT-H.
  12. Can we continue working in the IIIT-H incubator (CIE)?
    Yes. If good effort put in at the workshop and team is enthusiastic about taking it forward as a startup.
  13. Will CIE@IIITH provide me accommodation and food?
    No. The students have to arrange for their accommodation and food during the course of the program.
  14. Whom can I contact for more information about DISHA?
    You can send an email to to know more about Disha.