On March 31, 2021, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog launched an initiative called AIM-PRIME (Program for Researchers on Innovations, Market-Readiness & Entrepreneurship) for promoting & supporting science-based deep-tech startups & ventures across India.
- Under the initiative, Technology Developers & Incubation managers will be provided Training & Guidance on Deep Technology Entrepreneurship over a period of 12 months.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will act as the supporting agency for the initiative, while ‘Venture Center’, a non-profit technology business incubator will be responsible for the implementation of the program.
- The program aims to support startups/incubators by providing training & guidance to them for commercializing their deep-tech ideas.
Categories under AIM-PRIME
Under the initiative, Training & Guidance will be provided to candidates across 3 categories
- Startup Leadership Team (Open to Technology developers and translators from early-stage deep tech startups)
- Faculty Entrepreneurs (Open to Applied researchers from academic and R&D Labs with technology commercialization/entrepreneurship plans)
- Incubation Managers (Open to CEOs/ Senior Managers of AIM funded Atal Incubation Centres)
The applicants of the program must be Startups or Incubators.
- Candidates selected for the program will get access to in-depth learning through classroom sessions, Live Projects, Mentoring, Deeptech Startup Playbook & project-specific monitoring.
- The program is catalyzed by the office of Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India & the Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC).
- It refers to those startups whose business model is based on high tech innovation in engineering, or significant scientific advances.
- At present, several Deep tech fields like Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, biotechnology, robotics, drones & quantum computing are moving from early research to market applications.
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About Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):
Mission Director – Ramanan Ramanathan
Headquarters – New Delhi