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.

PRIME Services

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. 

PRIME B2G Advisory

Investor Panel

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

PRIME Investor Panel

Classroom Sessions

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

PRIME Classroom

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.

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Curated Video Library

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

PRIME Videos

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

Detailed Schedule

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

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

(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 

(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

(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)

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The People Behind the Program


Anurag Mairal

Director, Global Outreach Programs, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesignexpert-and-faculty

Ashley Stevens

President, Focus IP Group & Past President, AUTMexpert-and-faculty

Chintan Vaishnav

Mission Director, Atal Innovation Missionexpert-and-faculty

Hasit Seth

Counsel, Bombay High Courtexpert-and-faculty

Hiran Vedam

Business Consultant & Senior Advisor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, IIT Tirupatiexpert-and-faculty

Kaushik Gala

GTM consultant for B2B Tech Startupsexpert-and-faculty

MV Shankar

VP, Mahindra & Mahindraexpert-and-faculty

Nevan Hanumara

Research Scientist, MIT & Senior Advisor, New England Medical Innovation Centerexpert-and-faculty

Premnath V

Director, Venture Centerexpert-and-faculty

Ravi Sarangapani

Med device consultant & Past Director, Adler Mediequip Pvt.

Satya Dash

Founding Head Strategy, BIRAC & Ex-Director PATHexpert-and-faculty

Shailendra Vyakarnam

Non Executive Director at CorrosionRADARexpert-and-faculty

Srikant Sastri

Chairman, i3G Advisory Networkexpert-and-faculty

Srivardhini Jha

Chairperson, Entrepreneurship at IIM, Bangaloreexpert-and-faculty

Sundara Nagarajan

Managing Director at Innovation ScaleUp Advisorsexpert-and-faculty

Sujata Bogawat

Founding Director at AvantEdgeexpert-and-faculty

Uday Phadke

Chief Executive at The Triple Chasm Companyventure-center-mentor project-manager

Manisha Premnath

COO and General Manager, Venture Centerventure-center-mentor project-manager

Mugdha Lele

Sr. Manager, Social Innovations – Venture Centerventure-center-mentor

Soma Chattopadhyay

Sr. Manager, Incubation & Mentoring – Venture Centerventure-center-mentor

Shruti Devasthali

Manager – Equity and Grant Portfolio – Venture Centerventure-center-mentor project-manager

Anmol Jaguste

Sr. Associate – Incubation and Mentoring – Venture Centerproject-manager

Ishita Agrawal

Programme Director, Atal Innovation Missionproject-manager

Anurag Wasnik

Strategic Partnerships Development, Niti Aayogproject-manager

Anish Somani

Consultant, NITI Aayogproject-manager

Anjani Bansal

Deputy Director, Global Development – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationproject-manager

Ayesha Chaudhary

Officer on Speical Duty, Office of PSA to Govt. of India. project-manager

Mudit Narain

Technology Officer, Office of PSA to Govt. of India.

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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

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PRIME Playbook

A deeptech startup playbook designed as a guide for entrepreneurs. 

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PRIME Library

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

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PRIME Videos

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

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What is the target audience for this program?

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.

How is science-based deeptech entrepreneurship different?

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

What are some unique challenges for science-based deeptech startups?

What are some unique offerings of the program ?

Who is eligible for the first Wave of this program?

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.

On completion of the program, will participants get a certificate?

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

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