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Applications invited for IIT-H fellowship programme

Focuses on promoting entrepreneurship in healthcare
Center for Healthcare Entrepreneurship (CfHE), the entrepreneurial wing of the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), has invited applications for its fully-paid fellowship for 2019-20.

The CfHE fellowship programme is dedicated to achieve universal healthcare solutions by igniting the spark of entrepreneurship and providing successful applicants with training and incubation opportunities. The last date to apply online at is April 15.

Renu John, co-head of CfHE and head of department of biomedical engineering at IITH, said, “Fellowship in healthcare entrepreneurship is one of its kind in the country that focuses on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in medical devices and healthcare. We have identified the strong need for developing a startup healthcare ecosystem in the country to address the problems faced by the medical community worldwide. This is a golden opportunity for budding healthcare entrepreneurs.”As part of the fellowship, a stipend of Rs. 50,000 per month would be provided during the first year of training, which includes deep clinical immersions in private and public hospitals and exposure to the healthcare industry. Successful applicants will learn about the bio-design process from IIT-H academics and will be offered access to mentors, industry professionals, investors and advisers.

The successful start-ups selected from this programme will be given an opportunity to be incubated at CfHE Incubator with an incubation grant to establish their companies. The startups companies will also be offered access to state-of-the-art rapid 3-D prototyping facilities and infrastructure at IIT-H, medical device standards and compliance protocols.

Dr Kousik Sarathy, a biomedical engineering professor and faculty adviser at the centre, said: The fellows undergo initiation into aspects of design and development frameworks embedded with compliance strategies. These combined with advanced prototyping facilities and human resource at IIT-H presents a world of opportunities to passionate technocrats from multifarious fields of study.”