The Planet NI Program in Emerging Countries Around the World

Planet NI prioritizes recipients and partnerships around the world based on local needs and challenges. From providing technical training and support to connecting recipients and partners to projects and resources, employees in local NI offices are committed to the long-term success of the program and its impact to their shared communities.

To extend its reach and maximize the impact of the Planet NI program, NI partners with mission-aligned global and local organizations through formal agreements and public-private partnerships. For example, NI works with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science program to provide technology to researchers in emerging countries working on projects with significant social and environmental impact. NI also worked with SME Corporation in Malaysia to establish a test and measurement innovation hub to provide shared technology infrastructure to SMEs and incubator startups as well as a state–of-the-art human capital development center. Additional strategic partnerships include, Berytech in Lebanon, Engineering World Health in Honduras and Rwanda, IdeaSpace in the Philippines, and various incubation labs in universities around the world.

Participating Regions

The Planet NI program has active projects in the following regions:

  1. India
  2. Turkey
  3. Phillipines
  4. Cameroon
  5. Lebanon
  6. Algeria
  7. Egypt
  8. Indonesia
  9. Malaysia
  10. Morocco
  11. Tunisia
  12. Jordon
  13. Nigeria
  14. Pakistan
  15. Thailand
  16. Costa Rica
  17. Colombia
  18. Mexico
  19. Peru
  20. Chile
  21. Argentina
  22. Vietnam
  23. Ethiopia
  24. Honduras
  25. Palestine
  26. Rwanda

Case Study: NI and SME Corp. Champion Innovation, Talent Development, and Intellectual Property Creation in Malaysia

Together with SME Corp., NI recently opened the NI Academy and Innovation Nucleus (NI-AIN) in Technology Park Malaysia (TPM). This lab is a small and medium enterprise (SME) incubator centre for high-value design and engineering services, and a technology commercialization hub nestled in the industrial corridors of Malaysia. The facility helps local SMEs innovate across a wide range of industry applications such as control and instrumentation, radio frequency and wireless communication, green technology, renewable energy, transportation, oil and gas, and agricultural science.

In conjunction with the NI-AIN facility, NI also aids the advancement of the local SME community through its engineering innovation and entrepreneurship program, Planet NI. The Planet NI program helps entrepreneurs in established small businesses and startups increase their access to world-class development tools, technical training, and technology-based markets to achieve sustainable prosperity and contribute to the socioeconomic development of their countries. Overall, NI-AIN aims to lower entry barriers and offer access to facilities for SMEs to nurture innovation, develop talent, build capabilities, and promote intellectual property creation in Malaysia.

Sorin Grama

Promethean Power Systems, Mumbai, India

"Our innovative milk chilling system, which reduces milk spoilage in rural India, would not have been possible without the Planet NI program. They saw the opportunity to help with a project which has significant social impact and worked with us to make their products accessible."