About the Challenge

The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge – 2019 is a continuation of the initiative by Qualcomm that was started in 2016 to encourage design houses and product companies to invent useful and innovative hardware product designs incorporating Qualcomm chipset platforms and technologies. It has been inspired by the tremendous potential of Smart Devices and products that can be built in the domains of Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals, Agricultural Technology, Medical Technology and Rural IoT.


With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society, Qualcomm is glad to offer support to India’s technology ecosystem through the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019. In its fourth edition, with this design challenge, Qualcomm continues to spur the domestic hardware ecosystem which will positively impact the product ecosystem of design and enhance the manufacturing facilities in India.

Qualcomm Design in India

Program Benefits in QDIC 2019

  1. Patent Filing Incentive: Qualcomm will reimburse each startup an amount of USD2500 for a full utility patent application filed with either the US PTO or India PTO in respect of the proposal for QDIC and during the incubation phase of the program (at the prevailing exchange rate). Limited to 2 patent applications per startup. Please see terms and Conditions for details.
  2. Access to Accelerator Program Services: Qualcomm, through its partner, will offer accelerator services to all startups at no additional cost, which would include Diagnostic assessments, Workshop interventions on scaling parameters like operations, customers, competition, product, financials, team and seeking investments. Monthly one on one mentoring sessions from subject matter experts will be provided to interested startups for each scaling parameter.
  3. Govt. connects: Opportunity to connect with MeitY/DIPP in person; meet and greet sessions would be offered.


Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019 is a single cycle incubation from Apr 2019 – Apr 2020.

  • Application Phase (Feb 22 – Apr 30, 2019): Online submission of Product/Design ideas
  • Shortlist (May 2019): Up to 10 companies will be selected through a jury selection process and will be awarded with a prize money of $10,000 each. This will happen in Bengaluru, India.
  • Hardware Incubation (Jul 2019 – Feb 2020): Incubation of shortlisted companies at the Qualcomm Innovation Lab
  • Finale (Mar 2020): One winner and two runner ups with the most promising products will be selected by a panel of jury members and receive cash award of $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000, respectively.

Qualcomm Innovation Lab

Under the Design in India Program, Qualcomm will help the startup companies extend their design capabilities Qualcomm will extend its design capabilities through its innovation lab in Bengaluru. The labs will be supported by Qualcomm, enabling our shortlists to test and launch products using Qualcomm technologies. 


The Innovation Labs will be leveraged by Qualcomm to help Indian startup companies design products locally, be it for domestic or international markets. The Innovation lab will also be leveraged by Qualcomm to design products specifically for India. Qualcomm will champion key initiatives to leverage technology and solutions along with its ecosystem partners, including the start-up community and government bodies to engage with industry verticals such as Smart Infrastructure, Biometric Devices, Payment Terminals, Agricultural Technology, Medical Technology and Rural IoT.


The Qualcomm Innovation Labs are unique, state-of-the-art incubation centers which will contain necessary tools and equipment to enable the shortlisted companies to design, layout, calibrate and bring up rapid prototyping and innovative product designs. The shortlisted companies will get different kinds of evaluation kits and development boards, along with the tools to optimize camera, audio, display, etc.  


Support for Indian Government and Carrier requirements 


Qualcomm extends the Qualcomm Design in India program to support customization for local requirements of smartphone OEMs in India. This is to encourage technology transfers to build expertise & grow the Indian design ecosystem. As a part of this initiative, Qualcomm will provide support for customization of features like language, apps, carrier specific requirements, device certification, engineering and manufacturing support for domestic phone designs.

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