INAE Young Innovator & Entrepreneur Award

Purpose of the Award

The INAE young Innovator & Entrepreneur Award is instituted to encourage and recognize innovation and entrepreneurship among Young Engineers. The engineering innovations/inventions/concepts that have been actually realized and implemented in industry either in new processes or products would be given preference.


Any citizen of India not older than 45 years as on the 1st of January of the year of Award.


Both innovation and entrepreneurship together would be considered important and young innovators from Academia/Research organization or Industry whose novel engineering/technology ideas have been translated into successful startup enterprises would be given preference.


A nomination is valid for one year only. In case candidate is not selected during the year, there is no provision for nomination to be carried forward for the next year, however re-nomination is permitted.

Call for nominations

The nominations would be sought from INAE Fellows/CEOs/Directors/Head(s) of Industry, R&D organizations, Engineering institutions and Departments where nominee is currently working. Self-nomination is not permitted.

Last Date for Nomination

The last date of receipt of nominations is June 30 each year.

The Award

The award would carry a citation and a cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs to the selected individual candidate or to be shared by the group of individuals not exceeding three persons. Upto four awards would be given every year.

Selection Procedure

There would be a two-tier selection process wherein the initial shortlisting would be done by the Selection Committee. The shortlisted candidates would be then called for presentation to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee would recommend the nominee for conferment of the INAE Young Innovator & Entrepreneur Award. In case no nomination is found suitable, no award would be conferred during that year.

Presentation of the Award

The awardees will be invited for the INAE Annual Convention being held in December each year wherein they would be conferred with the Award and may be invited to make the presentation of their work.

Forwarding of Nominations

In view of the unprecedented crisis due to impact of Covid-19 Virus, the submission of the Nomination form along with all supporting documents/appendices can be submitted by email as a pdf file to INAE (, as a special provision for this year. In case, the document is not signed by the nominator, an email should be sent by the nominator authenticating the nomination.

Nomination Form

INAE Young Innovator & Entrepreneur Awardees 2021

Dr Chandan Kumar Jha, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, specialized in the field of ‘Fiber Optic Sensing’ for development of highly sensitive and reliable instrumented glove
Dr Madhan Balaraman, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, specialized in the field of ‘Leather Technology’ for development of Collagen Composite Scaffold for treatment of wounds.
Mr Nikhil Kurele, Cofounder & CEO, Noccarc Robotics Private Limited, Pune, and Mr Harshit Rathore, Cofounder & CTO, Noccarc Robotics Private Limited, Pune, specialized in the field of ‘Mechanical engineering’ for development of an advanced ICU Ventilator.
Dr Sebastian C. Peter, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, specialized in the field of ‘CO2 capture and Utilization’ for Pilot Scale Development of Carbon Recycling.