Atal New India Challenge is a flagship program of Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. The program aims to seek, select, support and nurture technology-based innovations that solve sectoral challenges of national importance and societal relevance.
The vision of the Atal New India Challenge (ANIC) is two-fold:
One of the primary goals of the ANIC program is to incentivize innovations in areas critical to India’s development and growth – Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Food Processing, Housing, Energy, Mobility, Space Application etc.
Researchers have long talked of the Valleys of Death at the early stage and at the commercialization stage in taking innovations to the market. The Atal New India Challenge aims to address the second Commercialization Valley of Death - supporting innovators scale over the risks associated with access to resources for testing, piloting and market creation.
ANIC solicits innovations in the prototype stage and supports the selected start-ups through to the commercialization stage over a course of 12 – 18 months by funding up to INR 1 crore and other associated support from the AIM innovation ecosystem.
The current round of ANIC concentrates on 18 challenges from 5 sectors in addition to an open innovation category –
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