Innovators Connect – Tandem

Fully funded programme for young researchers, entrepreneurs, and early-stage start-up founders from Germany and India. Engage in problem solving with your peers. Get international exposure and information on the start-up and innovation landscape, intercultural understanding and take your entrepreneurial plans ahead!

Dates: 8 to 20 August 2022

Location: India (Bengaluru and Kanpur)

Who can apply
– Masters students, PhD students, Post-Docs registered at partner institutes of this programme in Germany and India, interested in entrepreneurship and/or having a start-up idea
– Early-stage start-up founders

Partners institutes in Germany are Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Technical University (TU) of Braunschweig & Science and Start-ups Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

Partners institutes in India are Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (CCAMP) & Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur

Focus areas
Life Sciences, Health-tech, Digi-tech, Agri-tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cybersecurity and Clean-tech

Programme includes
-Product development in teams
-Meeting start-ups and entrepreneurs
-Industry visits
-Demo day
-Meeting investors
-Intercultural training

Number of participants:
20 (10 from Germany and 10 from India)
A team or a tandem would be 1 participant from India and 1 from Germany. The team will be hosted at IIT Kanpur or CCAMP based on their area of work.

Financial support for the programme: DWIH New Delhi
Travel and accommodation for participants is fully covered by DWIH New Delhi

DWIH will cover the following for participants from Germany
a) Local transport in Germany
b) Air travel to India and back
c) Local transport in India (to and from the airport and related to the program in India)
d) Meals during the programme
e) Stay at the incubator
f) Visa

DWIH will cover the following for participants from India
a) Travel and accommodation in Bengaluru for the joint programme
b) Meals during the programme, wherever applicable

Benefits for the participants from Germany
1. Onsite exposure to research and innovation facilities in India
2. Exchange and teamwork with peers for problem-solving
3. Networking with international start-ups and entrepreneurs
4. Insights into the market in India
5. First-hand intercultural experience

Benefits for the participants from India
1. Insights into the research and innovation landscape of Germany
2. Exchange and teamwork with peers for problem-solving
3. Networking with international start-ups and entrepreneurs
4. First-hand intercultural experience
5. Access to stakeholders from Germany

How to Apply

Interested to participate? Submit your applications by filling the online form here.

Deadline: 1 June 2022

Draft agenda:

Download: Draft agenda Innovators Connect Tandem [pdf, 190.16 KB]

Call for application:

Download: Call for Applications (Innovators Connect - Tandem) [pdf, 288.91 KB]

For questions please write to Ms. Aadishree Jamkhedkar (