About Us

AIC - Anna University Incubation Foundation

Fostering Maker Movement

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Building a strong Startup Community

Promoting and Nurturing Entrepreneurship

Providing support Infrastructure for Entrepreneurs

AIC - Anna University Incubation Foundation is a section 8 company founded by the Anna University with the grant from Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog, Government of India to build a vibrant innovation and startup ecosystem in the country.
The foundation strives to provide innovation, incubation and startup services to budding entrepreneurs. The aim is to provide start-ups with necessary guidance, networking, infrastructure, technology support, access to mentors, investors, and facilitating a host of other needs that may be required for the start- up to survive and scale.

  • Promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Build and nurture an innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Support creation of technology driven, IP centric startups in the focus areas, working closely with the industry, government agencies, university campuses and extended colleges.

Some of the long-term focus areas for the incubator include Agriculture, Healthcare, Clean Energy & Low Carbon Technologies, Transportation, Smart Materials, Aerospace, along with horizontal technologies such as AI, IoT, AR/VR, Robotics and Drones.


We understand various stages of entrepreneurship and the needs of entrepreneurs.
Our services are designed to meet the needs of just not our student entrepreneurs, but also seasoned, serial entrepreneurs.


For aspiring entrepreneurs.

Helps them to understand what it takes to become an entrepreneur


For entrepreneurs with ideas.

Helps them to sharpen their idea pool into a business model


For entrepreneurs with business plan.

Helps them to develop an idea into a working prototype



For entrepreneurs with product.

Helps them move from a working protype to a paying customer


For entrepreneurs looking to scale.

Helps them move from a few customers to capturing market


For entrepreneurs looking for funding.

Guides them through various investment models and options available for deserving entrepreneurs


Our events are focused on giving you specific knowldge and imparting specialized skills.
Delivered by experts, industry partners and our distingushed alumni, these are aimed to make you a successful innovator and entreprenuer.

Oct. 28, 2020:

Mentor Session with Arun Rajamani
Arun Rajamani , Former MD Plural Sight - Former Group Director Microsoft

In this exclusive session with the co-founders of the pre-incubation program, Mr. Arun will talk about 'Product-Market fit Strategy' for startups.

Oct. 14, 2020:

Mentor Session with AJB
A J Balasubramanian , Director - Aigilx Health

In this exclusive session with the co-founders of the pre-incubation program, Mr. A J Balasubramanian will talk about what it takes to build a great co-founding team.

Oct. 12, 2020:

Partnership with Entrepreneurship Development And Innovation Institute -TN
Dr M. K. Surappa , S. Nagarajan, IAS ,
Dr. L.Karunamoorthy and Kumar S

Excited to announce partnership with Entrepreneurship Development And Innovation Institute of Tamil Nadu, a nodal agency of State Government for Startup & Innovation.

We will also be launching the much awaited Aspire and Inception programs.

Most importantly, we are looking forward to welcome 20+ startups with 60+ co-founders, who have been selected for the pre-incubation program.

Join us for 60 minutes of wisdom, inspiration, excitement, announcements and valuable content that will put you on the right path towards entrepreneurship.

Aug. 19, 2020:

Virtual Launch Of Our Incubator
Dr M. K. Surappa , Ramanan Ramanathan ,
S. Nagarajan, IAS and S Somasegar

Excited to announce the Virtual Launch of our Incubator. At AIC-AU Incubator, We couldn't wait to engage the entrepreneurs like you and hence the virtual launch. This allows us get started like a true start-up even in the face of adversaries.

Our Leaders, Advisors, Mentors, Partners, Faculty and our team are looking forward to host you on 19th August 2020.

Join us for 120 minutes of wisdom, inspiration, excitement, announcements and valuable content that will get you started thinking about starting up.

June 1, 2020:

Launch of AIC Anna Incubator website
Prof M. K. Surappa , Vice Chancellor - Anna University

As we go digital, the web presence and web properties become even more important tools in engaging the innovation and entrepreneurship community. Join us for the launch of the website by our Honorable Vice Chancellor Prof M. K. Surappa.


We know and appreciate the difficulties of entreprenuership journey.
Our programs are curated and designed by innovators and entreprenuers who have walked that hard path.

Pre-Incubation Program

Have you been thinking about an idea? Or thinking about starting up? Do you have team? Then, look no further.

AIC Anna Incubator is seeking applications for its first pre-incubation program.

This is a 4 months program for students & faculty from any college, and professionals, who are serious about starting up.

During this 4 months, we will walk you through various steps of starting up. Our team of experts, professors, mentors who have walked the path of starting up will enlighten you and guide you in shaping your idea.

This program is delivered virtually though online meetings. You and your co-founders will be participating in this program from the comfort of your home. You will have online sessions, workshops and activities. There will be weekly deliverables and deadlines.

The ultimate goal of this program is to help you Develop your idea into a Prototype, Validate Customers, Build a Business Model, and Incorporate your idea into a successful venture. Successful teams may further get an opportunity to get incubated

If you are student team, then, you are free to submit this work as your mini-project or final-year project.

Only 20 teams will get into this program based on the strength and viability of your idea, potential market, team capabilities, and willingness to commit your time.

Application for this cohort is CLOSED

Frequently Asked Questions

for Pre-Incubation Program

  • The duration of this program is 4 months from the date of commencement.

  • All students, faculty, alumni and professionals who are aspiring to become an entrepreneur are eligible for this program. Anyone can apply, including those from Anna University campuses, constituent colleges and affiliated colleges.

  • Your application will be reviewed based on the problem you are trying to solve, potential of the idea, market, viability, and the capability of the team to build a prototype within the pre-incubation duration. Filtered applicants will also be required to make a presentation before the selection panel.

  • This program is delivered free of cost to the selected teams. The intent is to guide you through your idea to prototype development phases.

    However, all the costs required to build your idea into a prototype including any materials, hardware, software or any other tools must be taken care by the participants.

  • The intent of the program is to support you through the steps of entrepreneurship journey; not to become yet another certificate course. You and your team spending time on your idea, building prototype, gaining insights, being guided by our team and mentors are the real value provided by this program.

    A certificate of participation will be provided only to those who attend all the sessions, complete all the deliverables and fully participate in the entire program.

  • With the COVID situation in mind, this program is entirely delivered through virtual mode. There will be weekly sessions, workshops and assignments.

    Attending the online sessions, participating in discussions, and submitting assignments is vital to continuing in the program and eventually in your startup venture.

  • You can. However, getting selected into the program as an individual may be very hard. We expect co-founders as a team to participate. Having a team of people with diverse set of skills will not only help you solve the problems creatively, but also help you to share the workload.

    It is recommended to have at least 2 co-founders.

  • If you already employed in a company as a full-time employee, you are governed by your company's policies on code-of-conduct and non-compete.

    Policy for allowing employees to participate in such incubation programs vary. Hence you must consult with your human resources team or management team immediately.

    If selected, all working professionals will be required to submit an no-objection approval letter from their employers.

  • Unless otherwise you have strong network that knows your credentials and capabilities, or you are a successful serial entrepreneur, it is very difficult to get funding during early stages.

    However, if we find your solution to be an investable idea, we shall provide access to our angel and venture network. During this stage, we shall also direct you to certain funding / grant options for you to apply.

    Hence be prepared to bootstrap your idea into a prototype during this program.

  • If you are a student or faculty, and if selected, you may be required provide an approval letter from your institute or management.

    Current AICTE and MHRD policies encourage and support aspiring students and faculty to startup. Link: National Innovation and Startup Policy 2019 for Students & Faculty

Our Team

Our mission is to build a world class ecosystem and an incubator for startups to thrive. Each one of our team members is a specialist in his or her field and passionate about doing what it takes achieve that mission. Get to know the team behind all that you experience at our incubator!

Kumar Sachidanandam

Chief Executive OfficerStrategy, Incubation and Technology

Dr. Aarthi C

Senior AssociateEcosystem and Partnerships

Aishwarya T

AssocaiteAccounts and Finance

Amar Jothi Kumar J

Junior AssociateAdmin and Operations