Launched on the 16th of January 2016, by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon. Prime Minister of India, Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India. It aims to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. This initiative of the Government presents an opportunity for Airports Authority of India (AAI) to leverage the startup ecosystem in the country for driving innovation in its own functions which lead to more efficient airports and better passenger experience.

In order to facilitate the same, Airports Authority of India launched its Startup Policy in January 2019. The Startup policy provides startups an excellent opportunity to work with Airports Authority of India towards customizing and developing airport relevant innovations as well as pilot testing them at airports across the country.

To shortlist the potential startup organizations, Airports Authority of India initiated AAI Startup Initiative “Innovate for Airports” program under the Startup policy. A two tier evaluation was carried to shortlist startups and letter of consent was awarded to them during AAI Startup Conclave. Four startups have been awarded Idea2PoC grant to conduct Proof of Concept (PoC) under Innovate for airports program:

Items SatSure Analytics India (P) ltd. Inxee Systems (P) ltd. Ramphal Technologies (P) ltd. Blunav Technologies (P) ltd.
Project Name Aeronautical Data Management Platform Project “iNETRA” Indigenous Smart Visual Docking Guidance System (S-VDGS) SWAAIM: Hybrid Message Switching System “WAVEX” Airside Movement & Compliance Monitoring System (AMCOMS)
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