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Apply for the AIT India program 2024

The AIT India program is an innovation-based instrument of the Leading House South Asia and Iran at the ZHAW, executed with Swissnex in India and Venturelab as key program partners. It is aimed at young researchers and founding members of science-based Swiss start-ups with an applied research project and growth opportunities in India. Application deadline: August 5, 2024

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What is the Academia-Industry Training India program?

The AIT India program allows young scientists to validate their innovative concepts in direct contact with peers, experts and business representatives in Switzerland and India. The objective is to enable researchers to gain a better understanding of the potential market viability of their research concept and thereby allow them to refine their concept accordingly. In addition, it allows them to expand their international network and develop their own entrepreneurial skills.

The program consists of a two-day kick-off event and preparation in Switzerland, a week in India, and a week in Switzerland. Each edition accepts ten young researchers and awards CHF 10,000 to each of the two most promising projects to enable them to grow and internationalize their ventures.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from founding members of science-based Swiss start-ups with a high level of market potential. This program is open to Master’s students, PhD students, postdocs and young researchers from Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences, and universities of teacher education, as well as from research institutes and centers of technological excellence who are pursuing a concrete business opportunity based on their research.

Application process and program

  • Application deadline: August 5, 2024
  • Jury presentation: August 29, 2024 (online)
  • Kick-off and preparation camp: September 26–27, 2024 (Lausanne)
  • Trip to India: November 18–22, 2024
  • AIT Camp in Switzerland: February 4–7, 2025

How to apply

Applications are now open for the 2024 edition of the AIT India program. Application deadline: August 5, 2024.

Program partners

The AIT India program is an innovation-based instrument of the Leading House South Asia and Iran, executed together with Swissnex in India and Venturelab as key program partners. Mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the ZHAW is the Leading House for research collaboration with partner institutions in South Asia and Iran.

Further details on admission and the program can be found on the ZHAW website

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