NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has launched AIM iCREST – an Incubator Capabilities enhancement program for a Robust Ecosystem focused on creating high performing Startups.
About AIM iCREST:
The initiative has been designed to enable the incubation ecosystem and act as a growth hack for AIM’s Atal and Established incubators across the country.
Under the initiative, the AIM’s incubators are set to be upscaled and provided requisite support to foster the incubation enterprise economy, that will help them to significantly enhance their performance.
This will be complemented by providing training to entrepreneurs, through technology driven processes and platforms.
The program aims at going beyond incubator capacity building.
AIM has joined hands with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation – organizations that can lend credible support and global expertise in the entrepreneurship and innovation space.
Given the current pandemic crisis, the effort will focus on supporting start-up entrepreneurs in knowledge creation and dissemination as well as in developing robust and active networks.
Atal Innovation Mission
The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog:
To promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of the country, based on a detailed study and deliberations on innovation and entrepreneurial needs of India in the years ahead.
AIM is also envisaged as an umbrella innovation organization that would play an instrumental role
In alignment of innovation policies between central, state and sectoral innovation schemes
Incentivizing the establishment and promotion of an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship at various levels – higher secondary schools, science, engineering and higher academic institutions, and SME/MSME industry, corporate and NGO levels.
AIM has adopted a holistic framework in the achievement of its objectives.
Atal Tinkering Labs – to promote creative, innovative mindset in schools.
Atal Incubators – to promote entrepreneurship in universities and industry.
Atal New India Challenges and Atal Grand Challenges – to promote specific product innovations with social / economic impact.
Mentors of Change – to mentor students at ATL and AIC Incubators / Startups.