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National Innovation Foundation India (NIF)

"[NIF's] mission is to help India become a creative and knowledge based society by expanding policy and institutional space for grassroots technological innovators."

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The NIF was developed based on the Honey Bee network (, developed by Anil Gupta. The network functions to create a common ground for '" innovators, farmers, scholars, academicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations." It focuses further on ensuring that the producer of the new knowledge created is aptly compensated.

The NIF ( focuses specifically on engineering ingenuity, created by concentrating on what the poor have and not what they lack. They follow the same model as Honey Bee to ensure that the technology and patent remain the property of the inventor and make efforts to ensure that the technology reaches proper distribution channels. A Microenterprise funding Organization exists within the fund as well.

Here is a list of some recent innovations:

This is a great inspiration for this particular challenge, since it demonstrates organizations that strive to assist ingenuity amongst impoverished people, and focuses on both their own creations and folk techniques. What sort of business opportunities could exist from working together with some of these inventors? Is there any value added created by this type of folk ingenuity? 


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