National Bio Entrepreneurship Competition 2024 (NBEC2024)

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The National Bio Entrepreneurship Competition (NBEC), a flagship event of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C‑CAMP), is India’s largest and most prestigious national competition for bio entrepreneurs. NBEC aims to attract, identify and nurture deep science-driven business ideas that address India’s most pressing societal challenges in new, innovative, and commercially viable ways.

Eligibility: NBEC is open to student teams, researchers, innovators, aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups, small or medium biotech companies or someone with a bright idea in any discipline of the life sciences.

Prize: NBEC 2024 has in store ₹15 Crore in cash prizes and investment opportunities for winners, making it one of the biggest and most high-stakes platforms, in India’s bio startup domain. Prize money of up to ₹10 lakhs for winners of student teams.

Focus areas

  • Agri Tech & Mol Bio, including conventional plant breeding, tissue culture and micro-propagation, molecular breeding or marker-assisted selection, genetic engineering and GM crops, molecular diagnostic Tools, soil health and AI & ML in agriculture; animal health including diagnostics, therapeutics, nutrition, and other sub-domains related to veterinary applications and other related sub-domains
  • Healthcare, including Diagnostics, Drug Discovery & Development of vaccines, therapeutics, biologics and plant-based therapeutics, CRO/CMO/CRAMS, Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), including Tb/​Malaria, Covid-19, Rare and Neglected Diseases & other Infectious Diseases
  • Digital Health, including AI & ML, imaging, wearables, healthcare IT and other related subdomains
  • Medical Devices
  • Environment, including Clean and renewable energy, biofuels, clean air, and other related sub-domains. Water & Sanitation including water treatment, solid waste treatment, and other related sub-domains
  • Industrial Biotechnology, including enzymes, fermentation-based products for non-pharma purposes, bioplastics, and other related sub-domains. Food & Nutraceuticals, including dietary supplements, and other related sub-domains
  • Personal Care Products

Highlights of NBEC 2024

  • 2 parallel tracks, one for startups, individuals and entrepreneurs in India and an exclusive one for aspiring student teams.
  • Winners will get access to mentorship by key industry leaders. 
  • Shortlisted finalists in both startup and student tracks will participate in a specially designed Entrepreneurship Development Boot Camp to inculcate important entrepreneurship development skills from top-of-the-line industry and academic mentors.

History and reach: Launched in 2017, NBEC has brought to the forefront 87 promising young entrepreneurs as winners who have grabbed the attention of investors, were featured in national and global media, and went on to win many other accolades.

NBEC has garnered the support of over 30 industry partners, with a substantial amount of ₹16.1 Crore allocated as prize money and investment opportunities in edition six alone. The total amount of cash prizes and investment opportunities crossing a mindboggling ₹37.8 Cr.

With approximately 15,000 applications received from 35 States & UTs in the past six editions, NBEC has established itself not only as India’s biggest innovation showcase but also as a unique platform that has broken the oft-mentioned issue of metro-based innovation silos in India’s biotech landscape and unlocked the potential of science-led entrepreneurship among Tier II, Tier III cities.

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