Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is an initiative by Government of India to promote culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the nation. Atal Innovation Mission is setup by National Institution of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog to promote the entrepreneurial requirements for the future years. AIM works for the establishment and development of an ecosystem of entrepreneurship at various levels that include SMEs, MSMEs, corporates, NGOs, higher secondary schools, and science and engineering institutions. AIM plans to establish and promotes Small Business Innovation Research and Development (SBIR) at national scale for the Start-ups, SMEs and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Atal Innovation Mission start date is April 26th, 2018.
5 Key Activities of Atal Innovation Mission
- Atal Tinkering Labs
- Atal Incubation Centres
- Atal New India Challenges
- Mentor India Campaign
- Atal Community Innovation Centre
1) Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs)
AIM establishes Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools to develop creativity and imagination in the minds of children and enhances their skill sets related to computation thoughts, design, physical computing and adaptive learning. ATLs provide tools and equipment for children to learn and understand the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). ATLs also offer kits and equipment on various topics, including electronics, sensors, 3D printers and computers.
ATLs are setup at schools which are managed by Government, local body, society, private trust and are should be from grade 6 – 10. AIM provides financial support of Rs. 20 lakh to each school that includes one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lakh and operational cost of Rs. 10 lakh for a period of 5 years.
2) Atal Incubation Centres (AICs)
AIM supports Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) that promotes and helps the start-up enterprises to become more stable, scalable and sustainable. AIM also encourages entrepreneurial Start-ups and Women led incubators in every state and sector of the nation. The mission offers grants up to Rs. 10 crore to setting up Greenfield incubators for successful applicants. AICs shall be established in various subject specific areas, including agriculture, education, manufacturing, water, energy, health, transport and sanitation.
To use AICs, applicant needs to provide at least 10,000 sq. ft. ready-to-use and built-up space to AIM. AICs can be applied by individuals, business accelerators, corporate sector, higher educational institutions, R&D institutes, etc.
3) Atal New India Challenge (ANIC)
AIM’s aim is to incentivize innovation in areas of energy, water, housing, health and hygiene. ANIC develops mechanism and structure for technologies and products from MSMEs and Start-ups on their own. ANIC helps in the creation of products from existing technologies for social causes.
Focus areas under ANIC include agriculture, mobility, health, education, railways, water and sanitation, food processing, electric mobility, housing, and power and energy.
Additional focus areas of ANIC
- Alternate fuel based transportation
- Cleaning of sewer and septic tanks
- Climate-smart agriculture
- Digital and Grey water management
- Fog vision system for road and rail
- Garbage composition devices
- Instant portable water quality testing
- Mixing blades for composting
- Predictive maintenance of Rolling Stock
- Sustaining drinking water sources
- Systems to identify, predict and recognize rail failure, using technologies
- Waste in public spaces
MSMEs, Start-ups, R&D Organizations, Innovators and Academicians can apply for Atal New India Challenge Scheme.
4) Mentor of Change Program
AIM has setup mentoring networks in India from the professional community to mentor students at ATL and ATC incubators and start-ups. Approximately 5000 mentors have been registered and are aligned with the operational ATL. Respective mentors are required to spend at least 1-2 hours every week in one of more labs. The mission also works with innovative entities and systems in other countries in Asia-pacific, US, UK, Latin America, Europe and African countries.
5) Atal Community Innovation Centre
Atal Community Innovation Centre focusses on un-served and undeserved regions of the nation which currently does not have start-up and innovation ecosystem.
Undeserved regions of Tier 1 metro cities, Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities, North East, Smart cities, J&K, and rural and tribal regions of India.
|Academic Applicants||Non-academic Applicants|
|UGC and AICTE affiliated Universities / Colleges||Voluntary and other organizations having exposure in promotion of Science & Technology|
|Educational Institutions like ITIs & other technical diploma colleges|
AIM has provided the maximum grant of up to Rs. 2.5 crore, following the compliance to program guidelines.
Atal Innovation Mission Achievements
- AIM has shortlisted 102 incubators covering 23 states and from these incubators 47 are already funded
- Under AICs and EICs, more than 600 start-ups incubated and close to 100 were women led start-ups
- Conducted 900 events and more than 350 training programs
- AIM has provided approximately Rs. 6 crore of seed fund
- Established more than 350 collaborations for the development of ecosystem
National Innovation Initiative
Currently, AIM is promoting innovation initiatives across the nation with the help of various industries which are as follows:
IDEX: Innovation for defence excellence
Smart Cities Mission (SCM): Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
San-sadhan Hackathon: Ministry of Jalshakti and Department of Empowerment of persons with disabilities