The governments of the United States of America and India have come together for the promotion of innovations and entrepreneurship through United States-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF). The concerned departments of these governments raised this opportunity to promote joint activities that could provide a better tomorrow for the people across the globe.

USISTEF is a competitive grant program that selects and supports technologically sound and economically promising ideas. The individuals need to highlight the priority areas through their innovative ideas. The ‘Priority Areas‘ where innovations are to be stimulated are Healthy individual and Empowering citizens.


  • Bi-national team; minimum of one partner each in US and India with at least one of them being a commercial entity.
  • The idea being proposed should possess the following characters –
    • Exciting innovation with strong S & T component.
    • Sound Business Plan with sustainability and practicality as its roots.
    • Commercially Viable providing more reliable solutions.
    • Socially Impactful creating a lasting impact in its own way.
  • Read more on Eligibility


  • The fund provides a grant size up to INR 2.50 crores or approx. USD 400,000 (awarded in INR).
  • Helps the individual to shape his/her business idea into a reality and provide a stand in the market.


  • Create a login ID. The application process comprises of five sections –
    1. Fill up basic information like names, addresses and contacts.
    2. Write a summary in 500 words with essential points about –
      • The problem that the team is trying to solve.
      • An elaborate idea of the proposed solution.
      • The working prototype of the idea.
      • Distinguishing factors of the idea from the existing ones.
      • The significance of the Societal Impact it can produce.
    3.  Provide them with a detailed proposal and business plan covering all the crucial points –
      • About the innovation.
      • About the team and the business plan; highlighting the strengths of the collaboration between the Indian and the U.S partners.
    4. Budget information is to be presented. Give the details about the funding requirements with realistic views.
    5. A declaration is needed to be read before submitting and approval by both the partners is required for the completion of the process.
  • Visit the Website

The last date for submission is 15th June 2018.


L’Oreal has been a pioneer in cosmetics and beauty products. L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetic company has come up with luring opportunities for curious souls. L’Oreal in collaboration with one of the world’s leading graduate business school, INSEAD, is providing one MBA scholarship per class at INSEAD.

The L’Oreal scholarship is for the graduates who can showcase their interests and skills in terms of creativity, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit. INSEAD L’Oreal MBA scholarship program honours:

  • Creativity with imagination as its essence.
  • Diversity in its true sense, stimulating innovations. 
  • Commitment, dedication and a spirit capable of challenging assumptions.


Candidates belonging to any nation, demonstrating the above qualities can apply for the scholarship. The candidate need to state his/her financial need to claim the scholarship. Apart from the demonstration of qualities of leadership and creativeness, the candidate needs to present an effective essay in 450 words.

>>ESSAY TOPIC is displayed in its official page.


This opens up opportunities like global exposure through abroad studies at any INSEAD campus across the world.  INSEAD has its campuses in Europe, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. The scholarship awards the candidate with 20,000 Euros.


A candidate can apply for the round one of the scholarship and the deadline for this is 7th May of 2018. Round one of December 2019 class program lasts from 23rd April to 7th May 2018. The selected candidates need to go through an interview.The L’Oreal representative takes interview of the candidate through Skype or a phone call.

Any further details of fee structure and program details can be referred from the source: https://www.insead.edu/master-programmes/mba/financing

Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards launched by NITI Aayog, Government of India and the United Nations in India, in collaboration with DICE Districts is inviting stories of exceptional women entrepreneurs who are breaking boundaries and challenging stereotypes through businesses, enterprises and initiatives. Women Transforming India is built on the Government of India’s commitment to advance gender equality.


  • Open for Indian women citizens.
  • Must be an entrepreneur.
  • Must have strategies to impact communities.
  • Must have some innovative solutions to address some key development challenges.


  • Focusing on Women and Entrepreneurship this year, there will be wide publicity by the Government of India.
  • NITI Aayog will recognise, award and encourage the powerful women in India’s workforce.
  • Unlocking the full potential of women in the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Ensurement of Gender parity in India.


  • Either Nominate on behalf of the individual or by the individual herself.
  • Or give a missed call on +917042648877.
  • Click Here to read the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria.
  • For more information visit the Website

The last date for applying is 30th June 2018.

youth venture 2018

About the program:

Ashoka’s Youth Venture programme is an international community of young changemakers, with over 6,000 Venture teams in 23 countries across the globe. The programme identifies young people who are leading social impact initiatives and provides them workshop training, mentorship, networking opportunities and fundraising support.

Youth Venture was developed from understanding a key insight of Ashoka Fellows in the field of youth development: one of the most effective ways to engage the youth in the process of change making is to help them realize and understand their own ability to make a positive social change. As part of its global strategy, Youth Venture inspires and supports young people to launch and lead their own “Ventures” – community-benefiting initiatives, clubs, organizations, and businesses.

Selection Process:

Based on the online application shortlisted candidates/teams will be invited to pitch their venture at the Selection Panel which is a 2-day event in Bangalore. If selected in this round, the candidates/teams are recognized as Ashoka Youth Venturers.


The 8th Cohort of the programme will be inducted in March 2018. Applications and nominations are invited for this cohort

Application Deadline:

The Deadline to complete the Detailed Nomination Form is extended to Saturday, 24 February 2018.

Who are Youth Venturers?

Young people between 12 and 20 years old who:

  • leading social change and creating an impact on their communities
  • have credible business plans that will be sustainable
  • exhibit changemaking skills: empathy, creativity, leadership, teamwork
  • have an adult ‘ally/advisor’ willing to support, but not control the venture
  • work with a strong team

What benefits do Youth Venturers receive?

This programme will help them scale their ventures and develop themselves as leaders for driving social and environmental change.

  • Being selected as a Youth Venturer gives them access to Ashoka’s global network of leaders in the social sector.
  • They participate in four training workshops during their first year of induction. They receive custom-tailored mentorship and fundraising support from Ashoka India and partner organisation
  • Travel and accommodation costs for out-station candidates and one accompanying elder would be provided both for the Selection Panel in Bangalore and the regular workshops in different cities

Application Process:

If you are a Young Changemaker nominate yourself with the Detailed Nomination Form

If you are an individual or an organisation working with Young Changemakers in your communities Nominate them through the Nomination Form. The Youth Venture programme team will get in touch with you and the nominee to complete the Detailed Nomination Form

The first round of screening would be based on the detailed form. Nominees who pass this round would be invited to pitch their venture/initiative/project at the Selection Panel, a 2-day event in Bangalore (travel and accommodation expenses would be covered). If they pass the Panel they become Youth Venturers!

8th Cohort of the programme will be inducted in March 2018. Applications and nominations are invited for this cohort.

Check the FAQs for details. Contact the Youth Venture Team for further queries.

InnoTrek‘s 5th edition is an invite-only delegation of Indian startups to visit Silicon Valley to learn, connect and inspired by the world’s oldest and most successful technology ecosystem. InnoTrek 2018 will cover talks, workshops, expert round-tables, corporate visits, networking sessions with successful US entrepreneurs, TiECON and much more – from 29th April 2018 to 5th May 2018 in San Francisco.


  • Software product startups with a global market focus.
  • Early and growth stage companies.
  • Companies with demonstrable traction, funding and potential will be given preference.


  • The shortlisted tech startups will be a part of a week-long program which offers opportunities to engage/interact with global giants and gain knowledge from top entrepreneurs.
  • The startups will also learn to scale up globally and form alliances for competitive advantage.
  • Present your company in Silicon Valley to VCs and angel investors.
  • Visit tech campuses such as Google, Facebook, IBM and Amazon.
  • Attend TiE Silicon Valley‘s flagship annual conference.


  • First, fill the online form from Here
  • Once you apply, a formal invitation will be sent to the shortlisted companies with another link to provide registration details. Please note that at the time of registration, you’ll need to pay the delegate fee.
  • For more information, visit the Website

The last date to apply is 27th January 2018.

IHUWASH‘s objective is to improve the performance of urban WASH programs in India within a collaborative framework. It works through incubation and acceleration of innovative, scalable, community and market-based solutions using technologies, programs and service-delivery models.

IHUWASH recognizes 7 urban WASH problems. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read these urban WASH problems and then focus on how your business innovation could solve one or more of these problems.


  • Your innovation should solve one or more of the identified urban WASH problems through a market-based model earning some form of revenue.
  • Innovations must have the potential to work effectively along with government bodies and resources.


  • Showcase your innovation through a nation-wide program.
  • Custom support from government officials, private sector experts and investors.
  • Opportunities to roll out small-scale experiments and pilots.
  • Unique opportunities to work with city governments and other WASH innovations.
  • Support to raise funds from companies and impact investors.

Application procedure:

  • Each application form is used to answer questions about a single WASH innovation only.
  • If an applicant has more than one innovation, he/she will be encouraged to fill 1 application form for each WASH innovation.
  • Answers must be direct to the point in the most complete and shortest possible way. All questions are mandatory. It should take between 2 to 3 hours to complete.
  • Register to apply.
  • Once you register with your email ID, you will receive an email from IHUWASH with your first time login details. You can change your password and save it to your browser after you log in for the first time. The website would log you in automatically from the next time onwards.

Selection process:

  • Application forms will be shortlisted by 2nd Feb 2018.
  • 12 to 20 shortlisted WASH innovations will be announced on 10th Feb 2018 (early applicants will receive communication by 20th Jan). From each of the shortlisted WASH innovations, key leaders need to present at the Showcase event through an innovator’s Bootcamp in mid-Feb 2018. Read Facts
  • In the Showcase event, leaders of the shortlisted innovations will present their innovations to an expert panel along with an opportunity to connect/network with government officials, business leaders, investors, experts and media channels.
  • The final selected WASH innovations will be announced at the end of the event. The program support will start from March 2018 by first identifying possible areas of collaboration with the selected city government.
  • Applicants can write to [email protected] or call +91 9655 0404 30 to get more details about WASH problems.
  • Visit the Website

The last date to apply is 22nd January 2018, 11:59 pm IST.

To accomplish the dream of turning into a ‘Power-surplus’ India, Navachar, an innovation challenge by Bajaj Electricals Ltd aims at discovering answers. As the name itself depicts, it respects the brightest of minds to create innovative solutions to the urging problems faced by India’s electricity sector. The most innovative solutions can win cash prizes of up to Rs. 600,000. Bajaj Electricals Ltd is providing this opportunity to execute your solution at scale.

Take on the following challenges that you would like to tackle –

  1. Design a revolutionary Monopole Transmission Tower (Cutting-Edge transmission tower will be a game changer). See #Challenge 1
  2. Create a futuristic Mechanism to power electrical devices that will keep basic electrical appliances running even during power cuts. See #Challenge 2
  3. Design a ‘Made-For-India’ multi-utility light. Design a swiss army knife equivalent of a portable light that will fulfill the needs of a billion Indians. See #Challenge 3


  • Students.
  • Startups.
  • Working Professionals.
  • Remember, you have to be the owner and creator of the ideas or solutions that you submit to be eligible.


  • 1st Prize – Rs. 300,000 + Goodies.
  • 2nd Prize  – Rs. 200,000 + Goodies.
  • 3rd Prize – Rs. 100,000 + Goodies.
  • Bajaj Electrical may offer a Royalty deal to winning entries.
  • Mentorship + interact with distinguished leaders like the JMD of Bajaj Electricals.
  • Create real impacts on billion Indians transform their lives.
  • Funds will be allocated to you so that you can create a prototype or proof of concept.

Application procedure:

  • Click Here to register first.
  • Then fill the application form with proper details after logging in.
  • Top 10 shortlisted solutions will be announced on 15th Jan 2018 who will proceed to the next round.
  • Visit the Website

The last date to register and submit your ideas is 30th December 2017.

India Leadership Forum (ILF) is NASSCOM’s flagship platform for ideas, innovation, strategy, business and the future. The 26th edition of ILF  will host the WCIT 2018, creating an unparalleled experience for the delegates in 3 days of talks, showcase, networking that combines business, technology and leadership.

World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has become an international ICT forum bringing together visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academics from various countries. The 22nd edition of WCIT will be staged in Hyderabad, India for the first time.

Digitization has pervaded the heart of businesses though the level of penetration is varied across industries. This event, Amplify Digital will focus on its many facets, including opportunities, challenges and pave the onward journey. The eminent speakers for this edition are Ed Monser, Kenneth Cukier, Andrew Ng and many more. This event will focus on the key themes like – Bracing for Impact, Digitise the Core, Firm of the Future (FoF), Emerging Imperatives and Collaborate to Disrupt.

Venue & Date – Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad. 19th-21st February 2018.


  • Open to all interested delegates.
  • Entrepreneurs, academics and industrial leaders are welcome.


  • 50+ content rich sessions delivered by 200+ global thought leaders.
  • Explore new technologies, start-up demos and something new lined-up everyday.
  • Experience an entirely seamless digital conference for 3 days.
  • Engage in conversations that go beyond just the conference with 1000+ minutes of networking time.
  • Entertainment with an unparalleled experience at the social evenings and awards nights.

Application procedure:

  • Click Here to register and pay.
    1. Early bird fee (register before 15th December 2017)
    2. Regular fee (register before 13th February 2018)
  • Write to [email protected]

  • For more information, visit the Website

Register before 15th December 2017 for early bird fee.

MIDAS Pitch Fest is the place where supreme thoughts would be recognized, rewarded and funded by Pune’s own investor panel of industry experts and investors. This is high time to display startups and provide the edge through expert monitoring and valuable resources.

Venue & Date: MIDAS Campus Mundhwa, Pune. The final Pitch to Investor Panel at MIDAS Pitch Fest will be held on 16th December 2017.


  • Startups and audience who aspires to be an entrepreneur.

Rules for Startups:

  • Each Startup would get 12 mins to pitch their business idea, followed by 5 mins Q&A by the panel.
  • Each team is permitted to have utmost 3 members. If an additional member is possessed by a team then he/she would have to be a part of audience and register for the same


  • Winners of the pitch contest will get 3 months complimentary access to MIDAS Incubation Centre and 6 hours of business mentoring.
  • First runner up and Second runner up gets 3 months and 1 month complimentary access to MIDAS Incubation Centre repectively.
  • Funding for selected startups post the pitch evaluation and further meetings with investor panels.

The top 3 startups will receive the following complimentary package from Knowlarity Communications:

  • Super Conference – An audio conferencing tool that serves up to 10 participants.
  • Voice Based OTP Verification (worth 5000 minutes per month FREE) – Replace SMS based OTP verifications with a more reliable voice based solution.
  • Super Receptionist Basic Plan (first 3 months FREE) – Knowlarity’s flagship communication suite.

Application procedure:

  • Click Here to fill the application form.
  • Write your Name, Email-id, Contact no, Startup name and a brief about your startup correctly.
  • For more information, call +91 8698347333 or visit the Website

The last date of registration for startups is 7th December 2017.

The last date of registration for the audience is 12th December 2017.

World Cloud Summit (WCS) 2017 is an exclusive virtual event in which the inspiring leaders from the Cloud, IoT and AI industry would readily exchange ideas for capitalizing on the fast-growing cloud industry. Candidates can interact with the leaders from the Hosting/Clouding industry.


  • Anyone who is ready to move to the cloud industry and wants to know how one could recognize and transform his/her requirements into opportunities.
  • For Cloud, AI and IT industry professionals.


  • Candidates can learn new strategies to supply the desired needs of the clients.
  • Candidates will have answers from experts about the latest trends of Cloud and IT industry and how to turn profitable amidst endless changing industry scenarios, emerging trends and future predictions.
  • Candidates should discover new methodologies to optimize service delivery and enhance customer retention.
  • Candidates would explore the solutions to drive his/her business to new heights and build a road map to his/her enterprise cloud strategy.
  • Candidates would grow to become a leading solutions provider from an emerging or a mid-level CSP.
  • Candidates would know and understand how leading solution providers diversify their services portfolio with cloud and other solutions.

Application procedure:

  • Day 1 session is dedicated for CSPs, MSPs, Telcos and Data centers. Day 2 session is for CIOs and CTOs.
  • For Day 1 session registration, click Here
  • For Day 2 session registration, click Here
  • Note: Candidates must register with relevant email id and phone number.
  • See Featured sessions and timings.
  • For more information, visit the Website