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 has initiated the AAI Startup Initiative - Innovate for Airports program. The program 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. Besides, the selected startups will also be provided with funding and mentorship by Airports Authority of India.

To participate, each participating startup should be an entity incorporated or registered in India and recognized by DIPP. Moreover, their innovation, product or service should be relevant to the focus sectors outlined, besides having the possibility of adapting it in an airport relevant setting.

Startups which are recognised as "Startups" under the definition of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry are eligible for applying. Startups should have a recognition number provided by DIPP.

Startups will be judged basis the following criteria

  1. Relevance in terms of AAI’s core mandate
  2. Potential incremental value add/ savings
  3. Innovativeness of idea
  4. Team capability in terms of ability to deliver
  5. Willingness of team to dedicate resources for the POC
  6. Criticality of problem that the startup is trying to serve

Major Focus Sectors for AAI Startup Initiative - Innovate for Airports program:

  1. Logistics
  2. Airport Operations
  3. IT & Data Analytics
  4. Renewable Energy
  5. Security Solutions
  6. Robotics
  7. Air Navigation System 
  8. Passenger Delight

Idea 2 POC Grants up to Rs. 2 Cr per startup for selected startups.

The final grant amount would be basis the actual requirements for the pilot as ascertained by the expert committee. Moreover, the grant will be in a staggered manner basis the completion of identified targets. The final POC will need to be delivered within 3 months.

Once a Startup has filled its entry, the entry will be scrutinized by AAI. Selected entries will be intimated for further course of action. For any clarification, Startup can e-mail to aaistartupataai [dot] aero

Timelines for Submission of Application 

Start Date : 14/12/2018

End Date : 14/02/2019

Declaration of Result: 07/03/2019

Interested startups are requested to apply via


AAI Startup Initiative is only to share the idea/s of established product of any sector and does not guarantee or make any representation to invest or fund. The participants are requested to read and accept the terms and conditions before downloading the participation forms. This is to note the selection of idea/s is purely at the discretion of the AAI.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participation is voluntary and there are no enrollment/participation fees.
  2. The Participant's idea/s will be modulated to suit our policy.
  3. The Participant shall not claim any right over his/her idea/s submitted during the summit.
  4. The Participant cannot claim copyright on idea/s, if their idea/s are accepted by us.
  5. If the Participant’s idea is not accepted, the Participant will not be informed about the same.
  6. The exercise of sharing idea/s does not constitute any right, hence no Participant can claim any charges against us.
  7. The exercise is purely innovative in nature to suit customer preferences and provide best services in Aviation Sector.

Update for Applicants participating in AAI Startup Initiative – Innovate for Airports Documents

Dear participants! Thank you all for your participation in the ‘Innovate for Airports’ initiative. We deeply appreciate your interest in helping our airports become global leaders in operational efficiency, sustainability, and passenger delight.

We are pleased to inform that below mentioned startups have been shortlisted for the next tier of evaluations to be held in New Delhi at the Indian Aviation Academy between 18th – 21st February 2019. Participants are requested to pitch directly to a panel of experts for the next round of evaluations. Kindly refer to the below-attached schedule for Evaluations. You are requested to report at the venue (Indian Aviation Academy, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi) at your designated reporting time.

We are sharing the template for your presentations. We strongly advise you to stick to the designated format only. Please get a soft copy of your presentations to the venue. We would be collecting all the presentations in AAI pen drives at the time of registration.

AAI Startup Initiative – Innovate for Airports Documents

  2. Selected Startup Schedule Attendence
  3. Name of Startup Team Members List
  4. Schedule for Time Slots of Tier-II Evaluation for AAI Startup Initiative.
  5. List of selected Startup for “Innovate for Airports”