Screening & supporting ideas, proof of concepts, designs of entrepreneurs in agriculture through specialized programs.
a-IDEA (Association for Innovation Development of Entrepreneurship in Agriculture), is a Technology Business Incubator(TBI) hosted by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (ICAR-NAARM), Hyderabad & supported by NSTEDB, DST & BIRAC, DBT of Govt. of India (GOI). a-IDEA, since 2014 has been supporting startups across 14 domains of agriculture and allied sectors. a-IDEA has helped entrepreneurs to sensitize, 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, business support services, investment and advisory support. These startups supported by a-IDEA are in turn disrupting the value chains of agriculture across farm gate to food plate, thereby impacting the lives of farmers, rural and urban stakeholders.
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.