The Planet NI Program

The mission of Planet NI, a National Instruments signature program, is to empower 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 bring 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 tools 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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2014 Program Goals

2014 Planet NI program goals include:

  • Provide increased access to NI technology to entrepreneurs and SMEs driven to solve development challenges in emerging countries.
  • Increase the number of proficient NI LabVIEW software users in emerging markets through industry-standard training and certification.
  • Strengthen local innovation ecosystems through partnerships with incubators, NGOs, universities, and government organizations.

Program Focus Areas

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 Labs and Technology Parks

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

In collaboration with development organizations, NGOs, universities, and governments, NI supports large, multi-year 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 engineering learning to the commercialization and deployment of prototypes at research and incubation labs that can strengthen the local industry.



SMEs supported worldwide


active partnerships with government agencies, incubation labs, and nonprofit organizations


emerging countries’ engineers now have access to NI technology

Mr. Senthilkumar Murugesan

Unilogic Technologies, SME under the Planet NI program in India for two years

“Without the support provided by NI through the Planet NI program, it probably would have taken me another couple of years to grow the company to the stage it is today.”

Planet NI News

Learn more about the 2014 Innovation Design Competition for Young Entrepreneurs in Africa at

Enter the 2014 Innovation Design Competition for Young Entrepreneurs in Vietnam at

Read How Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC) in India partnered with NI at