Academia Industry Training (AIT) Programme 2023

Ten scientists from Swiss universities—part of this year's Academia Industry Training (AIT) Programme—will be spending one week in Bengaluru to discover the Indian market and seek collaborations with a view to solving global challenges at scale in the spaces of sustainability, deeptech and medtech. This includes technologies in low-cost electrolysers for green hydrogen manufacturing; heat exchange systems for efficient heating and cooling for built environments; robots for inspections/rescue operation and manufacturing; and sepsis detection in neonates. The cohort, which has been chosen via a competitive process and is among the best in Switzerland, will also be pitching alongside Indian innovators at the Bengaluru Tech Summit. Read about them below and meet them at the BTS on November 30 at 2 p.m.

What is AIT?

The Academia Industry Training (AIT) India is an early-career development and market discovery programme for Swiss and Indian scientists looking to validate and convert their inventions into viable, marketable innovations. AIT is supported by the Swiss government’s State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI). It is mandated by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), which is the Leading House for South Asia and Iran. In Switzerland, it is managed by Venturelabs, while in India we at Swissnex manage and execute the programme.

Why AIT?

For over ten years, AIT India has been supporting multiple Swiss and Indian scientists understand the market potential of their innovation across geographies and helped convert many of them into entrepreneurs. It has enabled them to transform their ideas into viable, successful products. Several of these innovations are in the market across multiple geographies, and AIT alumni have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs and mentors to other startups. AIT is also a great barometer of technological shifts, and has been successful in identifying impactful technologies in key sectors like energy and sustainability. In short, tech in AIT today is tech for the world tomorrow.