New Delhi, August 21: India on Thursday signed virtual Statement of Intent (SoI) with Sweden under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) to promote the disruptive potential of Indian entrepreneurs. The SoI was signed between AIM, NITI Aayog and Business Sweden on behalf of India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre (ISHIC) to boost the vibrant start-up ecosystem across the country.

With this collaboration, the Indian government is looking forward to receiving support by the means of conducting programs, awareness campaigns, various activities and events. The motive behind the collaboration is to promote the overall innovation grid of both the countries through the initiatives being run by AIM such as Atal Research & Innovation for Small Enterprises (ARISE), Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), Atal Community Innovation Centers (ACIC), Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) and Atal New India Challenge (ANIC).

Informing about the collaboration, NITI Aayog's Mission Director AIM -- R Ramanan -- said, "We are very proud that India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre is partnering with us in our endeavours to nourish the existing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in India while also enabling innovation collaborations with counterparts in Sweden. Such synergies will enable a vibrant growth of world-class Indian startups addressing both Indian and global opportunities leveraging global partnerships and networks of Swedish companies."

Sharing his opinion on the AIM-Business Sweden tie-up, Swedish Trade Commissioner to India, Anders Wickberg said, "We are very happy to partner with AIM who has been playing a significant role in promoting Indian start-up ecosystem. The collaboration with AIM will further strengthen the India-Sweden healthcare innovation centre eco-system to enable seamless experience and faster scale-up to startups onboarded with the India-Sweden Healthcare innovation centre."

It is to be known that ISHIC agreed to support all the goals of AIM and hep in enabling synergies towards creating a sustainable ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation between India and Sweden. This includes building a seamless experience for the start-ups. Also, ISHIC has assured to further strengthen and support the innovators in finding solutions to the healthcare sector. Earlier, a similar tie-up was done by ISHIC between AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur and Business Sweden.