Idea Grant Project — Advocacy & Guidance

Idea Grant scheme by Kerala Startup Mission offers innovation grants upto 12L. In the 10th round of application of Idea Grant, they are inviting applications exclusively from students.

A good 2 to 3 hours is all that you need to put in a good application. And application submission deadline is only tonight. There still is time.

Startup Mission is also viewing this as a capacity building exercise and hence everyone are encouraged to apply — even the ones who feel they do not have an idea or that they idea is good enough.

You should also listen to Saji (CEO, Kerala Startup Mission) sharing the vision for Idea Grant scheme in his Live with Rethink. Absolutely informative and refreshing perspectives — a pleasing watch.


All information about Idea Grant and all guidance one requires to be able to do their application submissions well are provided in our Idea Grant Wiki page —

Form 1 is open still and you can still apply. This quick application walkthrough Live by Sandeep will be handy for those who wish to apply now.

Application walkthrough Live by Arya will help you understand how to work through Form 2

Application walkthrough Live by Arya

Guidance Live will be helpful for one to understand how to approach the responses to the questions in the application form

Idea Grant Guidance & Advocacy Live by Sijo

There was also a v@r Live for addressing Idea Grant v@r queries. The v@r section in our Idea Grant Wiki captures the

Idea Grant v@r Live

The v@r Live makes multiple references to the Guidelines document by KSM. Tom has subsequently done an FB Live that walks one through the Guideline document and clarifies questions one may have related to the process.

Live by Tom for sharing and clarifying Guidelines document

The Guidelines document is also shared herewith for reference and perusal.

Idea Grant Guidelines document by KSM


Idea Grant — v@r Open Call

Note: Open call is essentially our call for help to our v@r’s (volunteers)

These are the areas where we could use help with

  1. We have created temp guidance Whatsapp groups for each college (Context). Need help to have applicants and aspirants from respective college added to these groups
  2. We need help with providing guidance responses to queries that come in these groups. Most guidance aspects are covered by resources in this post — Link. What will be required is for you to be familiar with these resources and the information in that for you to be able to provide guidance responses. One person can respond to queries in one of the groups or can look to be present in two — three college groups.
  3. As and when people write in to v@r today for guidance on Idea Grant application, look to guide them to the corresponding temp whatsapp group of their college.

Idea Grant — Telegram channel for broadcasting information

As part of our Advocacy & Guidance efforts of Idea Grant Project, we have created a Telegram channel for making information dissemination easier and efficient among the participants and other stakeholders.

Those who wish to stay updated on the updates and developments related to Idea Grant are requested to make use of this and join the channel.

Idea Grant Telegram Channel

Joining the Idea Grant Telegram channel

One can join the Telegram channel through one of the following ways

  1. Searching “idea grant” in Telegram
  2. Making use of the link

Idea Grant — Temp Guidance Whatsapp groups

Today being the last day for submissions of application to 10th round of Idea Grant Scheme (Ideafest), we have endeavoured to create temp whatsapp groups to facilitate any last minute guidance needs that may arise. The whatsapp groups will stay alive till the application deadline (midnight tonight) and will be dismantled soon after.

What we have done is that we have created college level temp Whatsapp groups where we have a reasonable number of applications and where we have a volunteer base.

The objective of creating these whatsapp groups is two fold

  1. Ensure that all applicants from your college are clear and have all the guidance that they require to complete form 2 well
  2. Ensure that there is a mechanism to quickly and easily clear out any doubts that may arise

As always, one can always look to write in to v@r. That is and will remain the staple way of reaching us for for your information and guidance needs.

Joining the temp Whatsapp group

List of these temp Whatsapp and invite links to join those are provided below. Do look to join and once you have joined, make use of the groups for asking and clearing any doubts that you may have.









Amal Jothi —

Rajagiri —


Sahrdaya —


We have also created an open group for people who do not belong to any of these colleges but wish to avail guidance through this temp Whatsapp group endeavour of ours — Invite link to Open Whatsapp group.

Creating a temp guidance whatsapp group for your college

If your college does not figure in the list and you are interested to volunteer with this endeavour for the benefit of students and applicants from your college, just write to us at v@r expressing your interesting in volunteering for replicating this exercise in your college and we shall be glad to work alongside you.

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Quick Journal: Rajeev Circle Fellowship

We reached here on a Friday. We went around University avenue that day. Drove around in the car and saw the houses of Steve, Larry and Mark. Saturday, we just hanged around a bit and was free by the evening. So I decided to skip the group and go to Tom uncles house. Got my mobile and all fixed. I was back by Sunday afternoon. There was supposed to be some lunch which didn’t quite happen. Sunday evening was the dinner meeting with Ram at Asha’s Artherton house. I was stranded at Menlo Park caltrain station for sometime.

The actual tour started on Monday. Asha went to get her Tesla on Monday. I skipped and went to SF with Justin. Saw this place which was the home of Lucas film and all. Came back and we had a meeting at Stanfard design institute. Spend some time hanging around in Stanford café and store before that. I briefly checked out the library also. Human computer interaction final year project presentation was also going on there.

Tuesday: We had a breakfast meeting at Asha’s place. We reached there and there was a meeting going on with Tim Oreilly & Aneesh Chopra and all. Post that, both of them spent some time with us. Facebook meeting also happened the same day. Basically it was a good lunch. Sanjay and me stayed back for some time to talk to the BD guy. Evening Vivek Paul came and spoke to us for sometime over coffee

Wed: It was google visit day today. Had a good tour and some food. Post the Google visit, we also had Coursera visit. That was really nice; atleast for me.

Thu: First up in the morning, we had the meeting at Pivotal Labs in SF. GetAround happened after piotal labs followed by TechShop. And then the Jack Dorsey meeting happened at Square office. That was in a way the high point for me of the tour. I skipped the StartX meeting after this. Me and Sanjay had some good beer at a place somewhere in University avenue

Fri: The VC tours started happening after that. David Hornick of August capital happened on Friday at Sandhill road.

Sat: Went to SF for partying

Mon: Ram Shriram and Marc Andreson. Pro Club after that

Tue: YC day. Did anything happen after YC? Oh yes, David McLure came to visit us at 543 center drive

Wed: Napa valley. This day was freaking awesome! J

Thu: Had three meetings yesterday. Ron Conway was the highlight. After that Jawbone and Airbnb happened. Saw two guys just walking on the streets. And then received an UP band as a compliment from Jawbone

Fri: Vela at home. Think we have 2 meetings today. Poshmark in the morning & NEA in the afternoon

Sat: Mallu food and 17 mile drive