This initiative is set to open a new window for Indian startups as they get access to the Dassault Systèmes global startup ecosystem

With an aim to promote innovation and entrepreneurship amongst aspiring entrepreneurs, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) on Thursday signed a Statement of Intent with Dassault Systemes, a French software corporation that develops software for 3D products, simulation, manufacturing and others.

Signed in a virtual event, the initiative will support current and future initiatives of AIM programmes and AIM beneficiaries in India.

As per NITI Aayog, under this SoI, Dassault Systèmes will support and promote AIM beneficiaries including Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), AIM incubators (AICs and EICs), Atal Community Innovation Centres (ACIC), grantees under Atal New India Challenge (ANIC), and Atal Research & Innovation for Small Enterprise (ARISE).

The SoI features six aspects of engagement between Dassault and AIM, NITI Aayog. These include access to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Lab start-up acceleration program to selected AIM start-ups; mentorship to selected AIM start-ups for capability building of their products; 3DEXPERIENCE Lab related global community access to selected AIM start-ups; industry connect for selected AIM start-ups with Dassault Systèmes’ worldwide customers, partners and technology collaborators as and when applicable; participation of selected AIM start-ups in Dassault Systèmes national and global events; and organization and participation in joint events, hackathons, challenges with AIM and NITI Aayog

Expressing his views, Mission Director AIM, Dr Chintan Vaishnav said that the partnership with Dassault is a win-win partnership and earmarks the expanding ecosystem of AIM in the country across all the beneficiaries.

“This initiative will open a new window for select Indian startups as they get access to the Dassault Systèmes global start up ecosystem- their accelerator program and a chance to connect with peers, industry experts, engineers, designers and be a part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, which I must say I am very excited about because of its ability to accelerate startups, and with community worldwide,” he added.

Managing Director, India, Dassault Systèmes Deepak NG while sharing his views said that the engagement with AIM is the beginning of a long-term relationship that reinforces Dassault’s commitment to nurture an ecosystem of makers, innovators in the country.

“Our engagement with AIM will further strengthen on our common objectives on how startups can leverage technology, industry best practices and policies driven by the Government,” he said

“Our 3DEXPERIENCE lab will give access to technology and community for emerging startups in new domains like electric vehicles, batteries and charging infrastructure, medical devices, energy and materials sector and even to frugal innovators providing sustainable solutions for the industry of the future,” he asserted.