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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2015 Program Focus Areas

  • Provide increased access to NI technology to start-ups and SMEs driven to solve development challenges in emerging countries.
  • Build technical capacity among entrepreneurs in developing countries through industry-standard LabVIEW training and certification.
  • Strengthen local innovation ecosystems through private-public-partnerships with accelerators, NGOs, universities, development agencies and government organizations.

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 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

Empowerment Through NI Technology

Dr. Antoine Ghauch

Department of Chemistry, American University of Beirut

"We closely collaborated with NI engineers to precisely define our DAQ device and user interface development needs." Read more about Dr. Ghouch’s application at

Additional Resources

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

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