Innovators Connect - Tandem 2023

Innovators Connect – Tandem is a two-week immersion programme hosted at incubators in India, for young researchers interested in start-up founding and early-stage start-up founders from India and Germany. Jointly developed with leading incubators from both the countries, this flagship programme includes workshops, information sessions, mentoring, networking, visits, and intercultural training. Participants will work in teams (Tandems) for problem-solving, develop new ideas and get exposure to start-up and innovation ecosystems of India and Germany.

Programme Details

Dates: 20.11.2023 – 30.12.2023
Location: Bangalore, Kanpur, and Bhubaneswar

Who can apply?
Graduates/ researchers associated with an incubator at a university* or research institution in Germany or one of the partner incubators in India with a concrete lab to market idea
Start-up founders with their start-ups (not older than 2 years) incubated at a university or research institution in Germany and one of the partner incubators in India
Bachelors (Completed) / Master (Completed/ Ongoing) / PhD (Completed/ Ongoing) / Post Doc (Completed/ Ongoing) with their last degree not older than 4 years

*University in Germany also includes universities of applies sciences

Partner incubators
India (Host incubators)
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (CCAMP), Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC)Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur,  and KIIT-Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI)Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)

KIT GründerschmiedeKarlsruhe Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship HubTechnical University-TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences , Worldfactory InternationalRuhr University Bochum, RWTH InnovationRWTH Aachen University

Focus Areas
You should have a research background/interest in
– Life Sciences
– Material Sciences
– IoT/Robotics
– AI/ML/Blockchain/Cybersecurity
– Engineering

And a lab to market idea/start-up idea in
– Digital Health
– MedTechMobility
– Cleantech
– Agri-tech
– Waste to Wealth
– Foodtech
– Antimicrobial Research
– Drug Discovery

Programme Includes
– Mentoring
– Pitching session
– Workshops
– Information sessions
– Networking with VCs
– Intercultural training
– Exchange with start-ups
– Pitch training
– Teamwork
– Expert talks & more

Number of participants
30 (15 from India and 15 from Germany)
One tandem or team has one participant from India and one from Germany.

Financial support for the programme
Travel, accommodation, and meals for participants is covered by DWIH New Delhi and host incubators in India.

The following are covered for participants from Germany
– Local transport in Germany
– Air travel to India and back
– Local transport in India (to and from the airport and related to the program in India)
– Meals during the programme, wherever applicable
– Stay in India (Campus guest houses)
– Visa

DWIH will cover the following for participants from India
– Travel and accommodation for the joint programme#
– Meals during the programme, wherever applicable

#Week 2 offers a joint programme for all the participants at CCAMP in Bangalore. Accommodation will be covered only for non-local participants whose host incubators for the programme are SIIC, IIT Kanpur and KIIT-TBI, KIIT.

– Exchange and teamwork with peers for problem-solving
– Insights into the market access of India and Germany
– Insights into the research and innovation landscape of both the countries
– First-hand intercultural experience
– Onsite exposure to research and innovation facilities in India
– Access to mentors, funding agencies, VCs, and more from Germany and India

Winning teams
At the end of the programme, the Tandems will pitch their ideas to a jury comprised of start-up advisors, founders, VCs, funding bodies and international agencies. Top ideas win mentoring (on-site or online) at one of the partner incubators in Germany, along with institutional visits and continued mentoring with incubators in India.