NITI Aayog and France’s software maker Dassault Systèmes have teamed up to help innovators and entrepreneurs as part of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship program of the Indian government, according to an official statement from the federal think tank.

Under the agreement signed on Thursday, Dassault Systèmes will work with various current and future AIM programs.

AIM develops programs and guidelines to promote innovation in different economic sectors, offers opportunities to connect different stakeholders and creates an ecosystem for monitoring innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. According to NITI Aayog, AIM’s initiatives have helped India’s position rise from 81 in the Global Innovation Index in 2015 to 48 in 2020.

Under the agreement, the Dassault Systèmes start-up acceleration program will be available to selected AIM startups. In addition, selected AIM startups receive mentoring.

The partnership with Dassault marks AIM’s growing ecosystem in the country across all beneficiaries, the official statement said, citing the director of the AIM mission, Chintan Vaishnav.

This initiative will open a new window to selected Indian startups as they will have access to Dassault Systèmes’ global startup ecosystem and the opportunity to network with colleagues, industry experts, engineers and designers, the statement said.

Working with AIM is the beginning of a long-term relationship that reaffirms Dassault’s commitment to foster an ecosystem of doers and innovators in India, the statement said, citing Deepak NG, Managing Director, India, Dassault Systèmes.

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