The Planet NI Program

Planet NI, a National Instruments signature program, empowers engineers in emerging countries to achieve sustainable prosperity by providing increased access to NI technology. The program nurtures local innovation by supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), startups, and organizations that collaborate on projects to deliver prosperity and sustainable development in emerging nations through technology-based innovation and development.

The Planet NI program is an extension of the NI company mission to equip engineers and scientists with systems that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. This program extends the reach of NI tools and technology into geographies where large gaps exist in technology access, engineering skills, and entrepreneurship, and it supports the development of future growth markets for NI.

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2016 Program Focus Areas

  • Provide increased access to NI technology and build technical capacity among entrepreneurs and innovative SMEs driven to solve development challenges in emerging countries.
  • Build partnerships to increase the volume and success rate of start ups by facilitating industry-standard training and platforms for rapid prototyping to incubators, accelerators and development programs.
  • Strengthen innovation ecosystems in emerging countries through public-private partnerships and active collaboration with local stakeholders including: accelerators, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) , universities, development agencies, and governments.

Program Pillars

SMEs and Startups

SMEs and startups with innovative products and solutions to address key local challenges can become eligible to receive flexible pricing and grants for training courses, technical support, and products to design and prove their prototypes. The NI platform can significantly shorten time to market for small teams with domain experts wanting to start a new business.

Incubation Centers and Innovation Spaces

NI partners with innovation centers and shared spaces dedicated to supporting startups and entrepreneurs by providing cutting-edge development tools for rapid prototyping, test, and validation, as well as technology demonstrations, technical training, and accessibility schemes to participating companies.

Public-Private Partnerships

NI collaborates with development organizations, NGOs, universities, and governments on large, multiyear projects designed to build technical skills, globally competitive talent, and healthy and sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. NI provides a single industry-standard platform that can span the continuum from hands-on and applied learning in engineering to the commercialization and deployment of prototypes.



SMEs and start ups supported worldwide


active partnerships for entrepreneurship, capacity building and development


emerging countries’ engineers now have access to NI technology though this program

Empowerment Through NI Technology

Marcos Adriano

Adriano Engineering, Mexico

‘’We committed to deliver the system in a record breaking timeframe of just 1 week, and we did. Thanks to NI. The technology provided for the integration was seamless and cost effective. NI LabVIEW is our tool of choice and because of the success of this project, we are now looking for greater involvement and support from NI through the Planet NI program.’’

Additional Resources

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