National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board


The National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), established in 1982 by the Government of India under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology supports various programs on Science, technology and innovation based entrepreneurship, and enables promotion of knowledge driven and technology intensive ventures / startups.

Since the thrust on startup programs through the national iniatives of Start-Up India and Stand-Up India, a new program NIDHI (National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations) has been launched in 2016 which enables innovators and startups to translate their ideas into successful startups. DST nurtures and empowers innovators and startups since their initial phase of startup journey.

Major Objectives of NSTEDB:

  • To promote and develop high-end entrepreneurship for S&T manpower as well as self-employment by utilizing S&T infrastructure and by using S&T methods.
  • To facilitate and conduct various informational services relating to promotion of entrepreneurship.
  • To network agencies of the support system, academic institutions and Research & Development (R&D) organizations to foster entrepreneurship and self-employing using S&T with special focus on backward areas as well.
  • Implementation of the NIDHI programs
  • To act as a policy advisory body with regard to entrepreneurship.



National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) is an umbrella programme conceived and developed by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Division (NSTEDB) of DST, Government of India in 2016, for promoting S&T based entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem across the country.The programme works in line with the national priorities and goals and its focus is to build an innovation driven entrepreneurial ecosystem with an objective of national development through wealth and job creation. NIDHI aims to nurture start-ups through scouting, supporting and scaling of innovations. NIDHI is developed keeping in line the new national aspirations and on the basis of DST’s experience of three decades, in promoting innovative start-ups.

Key Components of NIDHI (National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations):The components of NIDHI are designed to support ideators and innovators since their early startup journey and link them to the entire market value chain.


In addition to the above, other programs include Training programs, Women Entrepreneurship Promotion programs, Public-Private Partnership, International Collaboration programs, and other special initiatives which are launched from time to time.

Information Dissemination:

  • Through its various programs, NSTEDB, DST has established a wide network of more than 160 Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) / NIDHI TBIs and 8 NIDHI Centres of Excellence (NIDHI-COE) across the country. All other schemes of NIDHI are implemented through DST’s strong network of TBIs and CoEs, contributing in development of innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem across the country.

For list of TBIs and CoEs, and more details about other schemes, visit the NSTEDB website :

  • A short film on DST-NIDHI initiative - Start to Scale Startup Supportshowcasing impact of NISHI programs is available at


For more information Contact :

Shri Praveen Roy
Scientist G / Head
National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB)
Department of Science&Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016.
Telefax: 011-26590316
Email: praveen[dot]roy[at]nic[dot]in