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

May 10, 2015

31 Mar, 2021

Curtain raiser event and call for applications is opened. 
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015

30 May, 2021

Call for applications is closed
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015

14 Jun, 2021

Launch of PRIME classroom and PRIME library.
Class room sessions: Talks, exercises, mini-projects.
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015

15 Aug, 2021

Launch of PRIME video series
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015

15 Sep, 2021

Mentoring and guidance sessions
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015

2 Oct, 2021

PRIME startup playbook launched
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015

15 Mar, 2022

Progress reports and program closure. 
May 10, 2015

Inaugural Talk

We are happy to announce that Dr RA Mashelkar (Eminent scientist and leading innovation expert) has agreed to deliver the inaugural talk in the PRIME program.  He will share his perspectives on taking science from the lab to the market  and inspire the cohort with real-world stories of science-based deep tech innovation and entrepreneurship.

Program Eligibility

  • Startup leadership team
  • Faculty Entrepreneurs
  • Incubation Managers

Technology developers and translators from early stage deep tech startups (For example: deep tech startups associated with AICs)

  • Scientists/ Engineers/ Clinicians. 
  • Having a formal and full-time employment engagement with a startup
  • Applicant should be advancing a science-based technology (at any TRL level)
  • The proposed technology should have significant knowledge intensity or novelty

(Preference shall be given to applicants who have filed IP and have access to formal IP on the technology, startups incubated by an AIC, and startups incubated by an AIC hosted by a publicly funded academic or R&D institution.)

Applied researchers/ technology developers from academic/ R&D Labs with firmed up technology commercialization/entrepreneurship plans 

  • Scientists/ Engineers/ Clinicians with advanced degrees
  • Having a formal and full-time employment engagement with an academic/ R&D institution
  • Applicant should have identified a science-based technology (at any TRL level) suitable for developing a new enterprise
  • The proposed technology should have significant knowledge intensity or novelty.

(Preference shall be given to applicants who have filed IP and have access to formal IP on the technology, have already taken some efforts towards commercialization of their technology, are host institutions hosting an AIC or publicly funded academic or R&D institutions.)

CEOs/ Senior Managers of Govt supported Incubators especially AIM funded AICs

  • Undergraduate degree in any scientific discipline
  • Having a formal and full-time employment engagement with an Govt-funded incubator.
  • Applicant’s incubator / AIC should have at least one pre-incubatee that is a science-based deep tech startup whose technology should have significant knowledge intensity or novelty.

(Preference shall be given to AIC / AIM-funded incubators, to applicants who have several science-based deep tech startups as incubatees, and  is affiliated to a publicly funded academic or R&D institution)

*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 People Behind the Program

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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