AIM Program for Researchers in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Your gateway to deep technology, knowledge intensive entrepreneurship. 

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The PRIME program is aimed at promoting science based, deep technology ideas to market through training and guidance over a period of 9 months.

Target Audience

Technology developers and incubations managers

Focus Areas

Science-based, knowledge-intensive, deep technology entrepreneurship


Paced and staged over a duration of 9 months .

Program Benefits

Business Advisory Services

Selected participants (who complete the program diligently) will have access to free or discounted business advisory services from specialists selected by Venture Center for 6 months post end of the Classroom Sessions.

B2G Advisory

In collaboration with the Niti Aayog team, we have put together a B2G Helpdesk to assist startups looking to work with the government. 

Investor Panel

Get access to a curated list of investors to pitch your idea and receive funding. 

Classroom Sessions

Learn from global experts on various topics relating to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Live Projects

Work with an interdisciplinary team to actively bring an idea to market.

One-to-One Mentoring

Get access to our mentor panel who can guide you to accelerate your projects. 

Deeptech Startup Playbook

Get access to exclusive toolkits compiled in a resource for commercializing deep technology ideas.

Curated Video Library

Get access to insights and lectures from various industry experts from around the globe.

Peer-to-Peer Learning

Network and learn from other experienced startup founders and innovation managers. 

Program Schedule

Program Eligibility

*All program participants :

  • Applicant shall be a startup or an incubator
  • Each applicant will nominate preferably 2 participants
  • All participants shall be Indian citizens.

The Cohort

Media Coverage

Experts Say

Do great science. Don't sacrifice publishing good science to be secretive. Then go to the next step and patent them, and do licensing and start companies. That can be incredibly fulfilling because it gives you the opportunity to take your ideas—and give your students the opportunities to take their ideas along with you—and create things that could change the world and make it a better place.
Robert (Bob) Langer
India needs a total transformation, from Imitation to Innovation, Risk aversion to Risk taking & Venture capital to Adventure capital. We need to seamlessly link Incubators to Accelerators to Scalerators for a rapid journey from our ideas to impact, both economical and social
Dr. R A Mashelkar


PRIME Classroom

Access your portal for participating in all the lectures and classroom sessions

PRIME Playbook

A deeptech startup playbook designed as a guide for entrepreneurs. 

PRIME Library

Resources to track progress and perform various exercises to support your growth.

PRIME Videos

A curated video series on various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. 


This program is aimed at technology developers (scientists, engineers, clinicians etc) and innovation managers who are currently working on translating science-based technology ideas and taking it into the market via the entrepreneurship route. This program shall be focussed on science-based deep-tech innovation and entrepreneurship.

Science-based deeptech entrepreneurship is usually anchored around a technical invention or novelty. The knowledge and science intensity is high in the product/ service being offered. Consequently, the entrepreneurial journey emphasizes different aspects and requires a different approach to resourcing and navigating the derisking process

  • Technology development and de-risking in multiple stages, scale-up, testing/ validation/ certification/ clinical trials etc.

  • Intellectual property strategy

  • Partnering with public institutions and govt. for technical know-how and R&D funding.

  • Need for a supportive ecosystem with the right expertise, special facilities, talent, diverse funding mechanisms, partners etc.

  • First generation entrepreneurs with science and technology orientation

  •  Teaching sessions will be led by mentors with international experience engaging with innovators and entrepreneurs in global innovation hot spots.
  • Combination of selected frameworks used internationally with practical, India-specific methods developed by the Venture Center for Indian entrepreneurs.
  • In-depth learning via live team projects, exercises and project specific mentoring.
  • Access to a playbook, collection of templates, and a comprehensive lecture series. 
  • Peer-to-peer learning opportunities with academic faculty entrepreneurs, full-time scientist entrepreneurs and deeptech incubation managers.

The first Wave shall focus on  technology developers who have already made up their mind to jump into entrepreneurship and senior incubation managers who are supporting such science-based deep tech entrepreneurs.  The first Wave will focus on institutions and incubators affiliated to the Atal Innovation Mission.

A few exceptional cases of budding entrepreneurs with strong science-based deeptech business ideas will be considered for support.

Yes, certificates will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete the program. 

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