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Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2021

Qualcomm Design in India Challenge in association with the Startup India / Agnii, launched. The Grand Challenge is meant to encourage design houses and product companies to invent useful and innovative hardware product designs incorporating Qualcomm chipset platforms and technologies.

If you are techy and would like to get such an opportunity, then read this article for guideline and other perks associated with.

Apply now to stand a chance to win cash grants worth INR 65 lakhs, 8 months of dedicated technical support and mentoring in the Qualcomm Innovation Lab  and Patent Filing Grants upto INR 3.2 lakhs.

The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge – 2021 is a continuation of the initiative by Qualcomm that was started in 2016 to encourage design houses and product companies to invent useful and innovative hardware products.

It has been inspired by the tremendous potential of Smart Devices and products that can be built in the domains of Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Medical Technology and Rural IoT. 

For 2021, the challenge also includes 5G use cases and applications that use NavIC capability on mobile devices enabled with NavIC feature.

In its sixth edition, with this design challenge and partnering with Startup India and AGNIi, Qualcomm continues to spur the domestic hardware ecosystem which will positively impact the product ecosystem of design and enhance the manufacturing facilities in India.

Detailed Eligibility Criteria:

* Individual startup companies that demonstrate Hardware and Embedded design experience

* HW design proposals must be focused on one of the domains – 5G Applications and NavIC use cases, Smart Infrastructure, Medical Technology and Rural and Industrial IoT - regardless of the form factor of the product.

* HW designs must be based on one of four available platforms. Please see QDIC Terms and Conditions for platform details.

* Registered companies from India only will be considered for further evaluation in accordance with the quality of work submitted. Students do not qualify for this challenge.

* Only one submission per company will be accepted. Multiple proposals from the same company could lead to disqualification.

* Participating companies should have preferably established operations of minimum 6 months in hardware design and solutions.

* The quality of each product design in the focus areas mentioned above with clear HW / SW differentiation will be valued along with creativity and relevance to "community and technology" related demand in India.

Fiscal Incentives:

*  Each of the 12 shortlisted companies will get a cash prize of up to INR 3,20,000 to convert their design submissions into workable prototypes using the Qualcomm® Innovation Lab.

* At the end of incubation period, 1 winner and 2 runner ups will stand to win INR 65,00,000, INR 50,00,000 and INR 35,00,000 in prize money, respectively.

Special Incentives:

* Patent Filing Grant- Upto 3.2 Lakhs

* Innovation Commercialization Fund

Non-Fiscal Incentives:

* 8 months of dedicated engineering and technical support and mentoring in the Qualcomm® Innovation Lab

*  Mentorship workshops

The last date to receive applications for the same is May 3rd, 2021. So, don't miss the chance. Apply or Register now from the below link.

Visit Startup India official link for more detail.