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Digital Communication Innovation Square(DCIS) is the Scheme launched by the Department of Telecommunications(DoT) which provides financial assistance to startups for proof of concept, prototype development, product trials, market-entry, and commercialization. Eligible startups/MSMEs can apply under the scheme through the DCIS portal.
Startups/MSMEs fulfilling the criteria described under the guidelines of DCIS scheme can apply. For more details please refer to Sr. No. 4 (Page 7 of 16) of the Guidelines
A grant up to Rs. 50 Lakhs / 2 Cr. for Start-ups and MSME respectively and up to 10 Cr for the Technology requiring higher funding (academia not included)
Yes, individual entrepreneurs are eligible to apply under the scheme but after selection they should fulfill the criteria of Startup and MSMEs
No, there are no exemptions to any of the eligibility criteria. All the criteria must be met on the date of application submission.
An entity shall be considered a “Startup” –
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DCIS Grant shall strictly not be used by startups for creation of any facilities and shall be utilized for the purpose it has been granted for. A grant can be used for validation of Proof of Concept, or prototype development, or product trials. A debt/ convertible debenture can be used for Market entry, Commercialization, or Scaling up.
An online call for applications is hosted on an ongoing basis on the DCIS portal
The application submission is completely online, and no physical submission of documents is required.
There are no application fees for the scheme
For terms and conditions please go through the scheme guidelines available at https://dcis.dot.gov.in/assets/document/DCIS_Guidelines2.0.pdf
Application of each startup will be reviewed by the Technical Expert committee(TEC). The committee will also be responsible for future assessment of the performance of the startup and providing recommendations for the disbursement of further tranches.
The startups shall be selected through an open, transparent and fair process
Once the startup has submitted its application, a dashboard can be accessed using their login credential to check the real-time application status