What is Atal Innovation Mission? Every Startup Should Know!

Do you know Atal Innovation Mission can also provide you financial assistance for your startup? Want to know more about it? Or wondering how to apply for Atal Incubation Centre or Atal Tinkering Labs? TICE brings answers to all these questions

Shreshtha Verma
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What is Atal Innovation Mission Every Startup Should Know

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Are you an aspiring entrepreneur, or perhaps a young visionary with a startup idea brewing but uncertain about navigating the landscape? If so, we're here to introduce you to a transformative initiative by the Government of India. Imagine a platform designed to ignite innovation, fuel entrepreneurship, and turn ideas into reality. That's where the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) steps in.

I am sure many in the startup space may have heard about the Atal Innovation Mission and Atal Tinkering Labs. But have you ever wondered what this mission is truly about? How does it support startups, and why is it considered a key initiative by the Government of India? If you've pondered these questions, let's unravel the mystery together with TICE. Join us as we not only explore the essence of the Atal Innovation Mission but also delve into a conversation with its first-ever mission director. Discover how this initiative can empower budding entrepreneurs like you.

What is Atal Innovation Mission?

The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a government initiative to encourage new startup ideas and businesses in India. They've teamed up with different government departments like the Railway Board, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to launch the Atal New India Challenge. This project invites people with new ideas, startups, and small businesses to come up with useful products using modern technology in 17 specific areas.

Atal Innovation Mission Background

The Atal Innovation Mission, a brainchild of the NITI Aayog under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was conceived with the vision of fostering a nation of job creators. Mr. Ramanan, who is also a former Senior Vice President at Tata Consultancy Services, embraced the challenge of bringing innovation and problem-solving to the forefront of education and entrepreneurship. If you want to know more about Atal Innovation Mission and how it was founded, watch the interview below. 

An exclusive conversation with first-ever mission director of Atal Innovation Mission.

Pre-identified Focus Areas of AIM

There are 17 pre-identified focus areas for the AIM. They are listed below:

  • Waste in public spaces and dissuading public littering
  • Mixing blades for composting
  • Decentralized composting
  • Quality of compost
  • Garbage composition devices
  • Waste management recycling/reuse
  • Affordable desalination/recycling technology
  • Instant portable water quality testing
  • Safe transport
  • Electric mobility
  • Smart mobility
  • Alternate fuel-based transportation
  • Predictive maintenance of rolling stock
  • Prevention of rail failure using emerging technologies
  • Fog vision system for road and rail
  • Climate-smart agriculture

What are Atal Incubation Centres?

As the name suggests, Atal Incubation Centres provide incubation to startups. AIM intends to support the establishment of greenfield incubation centres called Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) that would nurture innovative start-ups in their pursuit to become scalable and sustainable business enterprises.

AIM will support these AICs in creating world-class incubation facilities across the country with the state of the art physical infrastructure, in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities available to their incubatee start-ups, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring. Apart from this, business planning support, access to seed capital, industry partnerships, training and other relevant components required for supporting innovative start-ups will be provided.

Moreover, most of the AICs established would be sector-specific in areas such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water, sanitation, Internet of Things, Cyber Security, etc. to promote unprecedented technological innovation in these sectors.

What are Atal Tinkering Labs?

Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) are part of a big plan by the Government of India called the Atal Innovation Mission. They're important because they help kids learn and create stuff. In these labs, kids can work on their own projects and learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They have cool things like electronic kits, science gear, robots, sensors, 3D printers, computers, and small circuit boards. It's like a fun playground for learning and inventing!

How many Atal tinkering labs are there in India?

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has picked 3,000 more schools to set up Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs). This brings the total number of ATL schools to 5,441. These chosen schools will get a grant of Rs 20 lakh spread out over the next five years (from 2018) to start ATLs. The aim is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among high school students all over India. Soon, ATLs will be set up in every district across India, aiming to create an environment that fosters new ideas and changes how we innovate and teach.

How to Apply for Atal Innovation Mission?

To apply for the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), which is an initiative by the Government of India to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, you typically need to follow these steps. But before that, note that Atal Innovation is a largre initiative that has multiple programs under it. Means, you cannot directly enrol with Atal Innovation Mission but the program you are intersted in. Follow the steps below and you will have a clarity.

  • Visit the AIM Website: Start by visiting the official website of the Atal Innovation Mission. This is where you'll find all the necessary information, guidelines, and application procedures.
  • Understand Programs and Initiatives: AIM offers various programs and initiatives to support innovation and entrepreneurship at different levels, including Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), Atal Incubation Centers (AICs), Atal New India Challenges (ANIC), and more. Understand which program aligns with your needs and objectives.
  • Check Eligibility Criteria: Each program under AIM has specific eligibility criteria. Make sure you fulfill all the requirements before proceeding with the application.
  • Prepare Required Documents: Depending on the program you're applying for, you may need to prepare documents such as business plans, project proposals, financial statements, etc. Gather all the necessary documents in advance.
  • Submit Application: Follow the instructions provided on the AIM website to submit your application. This may involve filling out an online application form and uploading the required documents.
  • Review Process: Your application will undergo a review process where it will be evaluated based on various criteria such as innovation, feasibility, scalability, impact, etc.
  • Feedback and Revisions: If your application is shortlisted, you may receive feedback from the review committee. Make any necessary revisions to your proposal based on the feedback provided.
  • Final Decision: After the review process is complete, the final decision regarding acceptance into the program will be communicated to you.
  • Compliance and Agreement: If your application is successful, you'll need to comply with all the terms and conditions set forth by AIM. This may involve signing agreements and fulfilling certain obligations.
  • Implementation: Once accepted into the program, you can start implementing your project or business idea with the support and resources provided by AIM.

Remember to regularly check the AIM website for updates and announcements regarding application deadlines and program details. Good luck with your application!