Who we are

a-IDEA (Association for Innovation Development of Entrepreneurship in Agriculture), is a Technology Business Incubator(TBI) hosted by ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad (ICAR-NAARM) & Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India (DST, GOI). a-IDEA has been housed in the Centre for Agri-Innovation at ICAR-NAARM for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture in India. a-IDEA aims to help entrepreneurs ideate, incubate and accelerate their innovative early stage startups that are scalable to become competitive food and agri-business ventures through capacity building, mentoring , networking and advisory support.

About NAARM

The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) is the only institution of its kind in the world focusing on capacity building in agricultural research and education management. It was established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1976 at Hyderabad. The primary objective of NAARM is to enhance individual and institutional capacities in National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) for innovation and sustainable agricultural development.

Our Accomplishments

round

March: Equity seed investments in 3 early stage agri startups.

May: Launch of BioNest – An Agri Bioincubator for Agribiotech startups

August: Launch of AGRI UDAAN – Food & Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0

2016

March: 1st equity investment in Agri startup.

June: Launch of sensitization workshops for

July: Launch of boot camp for Startup Samvaad, a Boot camp for early stage agrisatrtups.

September: Launch of KrishiKalp, an ideation program for agricultural students.

2015

May: Launch of India’s first Food &Agri Business Accelerator program

September: Launch of Incubation Program for early stage Agri startups

October: Accelerator Demo day, 3 startups funded ~2.3Cr INRfrom corporate CSR & Angel Investors

December: Raised 2cr seed investment funds through NSTEDB, DST

2014

July: a-IDEA registration was formed

November: DST grant released for a-IDEA

December: Dedicated facility for a-IDEA incubator at NAARM

What We Offer

Ideation

Screening & supporting ideas, proof of concepts, designs of entrepreneurs in agriculture through specialized programs.

Incubation

Nurturing & Supporting early stage agriculture startups through access to office & farm space, capacity building, networking.

Acceleration

Upscaling technology based agriculture startups through mentoring, networking, pitching & funding facilitation.

Our Connects

Mentors

Access to mentors having unique blend of knowledge & expertise in Agriculture, technology & Agribusiness.

Supporting Organizations

Backed by development & funding agencies focused in Agriculture, Research & Entrepreneurship development.

ICAR & SAU Institutes

Connects to 101+ Agri-Research Institutes, 70+ State Agricultural Universities & ~ 650 Krishi Vigyan Kendras of ICAR.

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