Govt Launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE Challenge For MSMEs & Startups

The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of the Indian Government’s policy think-tank NITI Aayog, on September 9, launched the Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE – Atal New India Challenges (ANIC) to spur applied research and innovation in MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) and startups by challenging them to come up with innovative solutions to sectoral problems.

The NITI Aayog’s AIM, in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and four ministries — Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs — will facilitate the process by putting out problem statements for the participants.

The Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE – ANIC programme will support deserving applied research-based innovations by providing funding support of up to INR 50 lakhs for 9-12 months for startups to come up with a minimum usable prototype.

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