To develop Smart Cities, a holistic approach is required to build solutions along all aspects of everyday living. With this in mind, we have picked ten areas to focus on:

  • Water Supply & Air Quality Management
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sanitation & Solid Waste Management
  • Efficient Urban Mobility & Public Transport
  • Affordable Housing
  • Good Governance (e-Governance & Citizen Participation)
  • Inclusive Public Spaces & Smart-design
  • Safety & Security of Citizens
  • Smart Healthcare Solutions
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Management
Deep Industry Connect

Mentors with proven track record and experience in the Smart City domain areas. A good mix of senior industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

Strategic Mentor

a Mentor for a startup. Matchmaking of right mentor to a startup. 50% of the program sweat equity charged goes to the Mentor.

Disciplined Followups

Aggressive weekly follow ups to assist with rapid pivoting, focus on gaining early business traction.

Media Visibility

Visibility through various events and media interactions, at least 2 -3 media exposures during the course of the batch.

Design Support

Software and Hardware design related support services incl. UI/UX and architecture level design support.

Investment Support

Investment support incl. Investor ready PowerPoint and business model spreadsheet preparation , hunting and pitching support.

Business Acceleration

Gain momentum and upgrade your venture to the next phase of its business cycle

Legal & Statutory Support

Help with due diligence, statutory clearances, taxation etc.

Access to Government Schemes

Advise on relevant government programs and schemes, Startup India registration

  • A team that is committed to their idea and has the burning desire to not only achieve but exceed their goals.
  • A team that is available to be present and actively participate for the entire 20-week program agenda.
  • Access to potential funding through a fund managed by the accelerator, along with access to external funding.
  • 2% equity will be charged towards mentoring and for access to the program’s combined network.
  • The Team

    We look at the founding team - their passion, team dynamics, experience; and what will it be like to work with them. We back entrepreneurs who are driven and won't pack up and leave at the first sign of challenge.

  • The Idea

    We want to understand the rationale behind the idea. Why was this chosen? What problem does it solve and for whom? What makes it unique, viable, and feasible and a winning idea for us to back?

  • The Stage

    The start-up should have moved beyond the idea stage to execution - preferably with at least a rough prototype or an early proof of concept. Start-ups which are in expansion mode are probably beyond the scope of this cohort.

Contact Classes

  • Ashoka University
  • Microsoft Accelerator
  • Indian School of Business

The first contact classes for the second cohort of the AIM Smart City Accelerator were organized from 14th to16th June, 2017 at Ashoka University. The sessions were hosted by Narendra Bhandari, GM, Developer eXperience and Evangelism at Microsoft; Naveen Asrani, Director, Microsoft Accelerator India and Priyank Narayan , Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Ashoka University. An introductory session on Operating plans for business startups by Naveen Asrani, touched upon the components of an effective operating plan for early stage startups. Ashutosh Kumar from the Start-up Fellowship helped the participants in exploring different government regulations, schemes and grants for start-ups. Session on lawsuits covered the common legal mistakes startups commit and how to avoid them. During the three days, the cohort interacted with the representatives from the Indian School of Business Hyderabad, delegates from ESRI, Smart City Council etc. and Vineet Gupta, Pro Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University.

Ashoka University
Ashoka University
Ashoka University
Ashoka University

The second contact classes for AIM Smart City Accelerator were conducted on 3rd and 4th of August 2017 at Microsoft Accelerator India, Bangalore Office with a series of productive and eventful sessions.

The Cohort came together for immersive workshops on Stakeholder Management by Naveen Asrani, Director – Startups at Microsoft; Theory of constraints workshop by BalaGirisaballa, MD, Microsoft Accelerator India and a phenomenal conversation on ‘Life after the Accelerator’ by Ravi G. Narayan, Global Director, Microsoft.

Priyank Narayan, Director, Centre For Entrepreneurship- Ashoka University, Manish Upadhyay, Mentor in Residence, Ashoka University and Jeeva Mathew, Program Manager, AIM Smart City Accelerator, spent quality time mentoring and interacting with all the startups.

Microsoft Accelerator
Microsoft Accelerator

The third and final contact classes were organized at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad on 14 - 16 November, 2017. The 3 day workshops and sessions focused on supporting the startups in improving marketing and branding strategies for their products / solutions and providing insights for fundraising and partnerships.

The first day comprised of Marketing and Branding workshop by Prof.SridharN.Ramaswami, Visiting Professor at ISB; Fundraising workshop by Pradeep Mittal, CEO, GreatFour Systems, Investor at Hyderabad Angels and President of TiE Hyderabad and concluded with a session on Product Traction by Naveen Asrani , Director, Microsoft Accelerator India. On the second day, Professor Sridhar delivered a workshop on Product Pricing Strategies. The evening was dedicated to customized interactions of the cohort with marketing experts, investors and potential partners from the startup ecosystem. The last day hosted a session by SreekanthPerepu, Investment Director, Hyderabad Angels which focused on investor perspectives and mistakes that startups make while pitching for investments. The day concluded with mock pitches by the cohort and feedback sessions by experts from the relevant sectors.

Indian School of Business
Indian School of Business
Indian School of Business
Indian School of Business


  • 15 Feb 2017
    Application Open
  • 20 Apr 2017
    Jury Day
  • 8 May 2017
    Cohort Begins
  • 6 Oct 2017
    Demo Day


  • Rajesh C. Mathur

  • Anant Singh

  • Prarthana Borah

  • Saurabh Rai

  • Ishan Gupta

  • Anirudh Rastogi

  • Krishna Matturi

  • Shwetank Verma

  • Pranay Gupta

  • Sunil Polly

  • Ranjitha Shivaram

  • Suneel Bandhu

  • Jai Kumar Gaurav

  • Prasoon Sharma

  • Aschwin Van Der Woude

  • Andrés Peianovich Deirós


Eco-system partners


  • 2017
AIM Mixer Pune

Venue: Edugild located at 9, MIT College Rd, Rambaug Colony, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra 411038
AIM Mixer Bengaluru

Venue- Innov8 Coworking Koramangala, 3, 20 Main Rd, Koramangala Industrial Layout, Koramangala Bangalore 560034
AIM Mixer Delhi

Venue- Collab House, 66-A, Journalist Colony, Road No. 70, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033





  • About the Program
  • About the Application Process
+ Why choose AIM Smart City?
+ Do you accept startups at the idea stage?
+ Do you invest in competing companies?
+ What kind of company formation and regulatory support will you provide?
+ You must be registered as a Private Limited Company by the time the cohort begins i.e. May 8, 2017. After which we have an excellent group of mentors who can guide you about any questions or regulatory support that you may need.
+ What will the interaction between the Accelerator and the start-up be like?
+ Are there any location constraints?
+ How can we get funded after acceleration program ends?
+ Can startups leverage ISB and Ashoka University brands in their presentations to potential clients/ investors?
+ What does the Accelerator get in return?
+ Will you sign an NDA? How do I know you won't steal my idea?
+ What if I have more questions I need answered before I apply?
+ What are the selection criteria for the accelerator?
+ How many rounds of evaluation are there?
+ What is a Jury Day?
+ When will I hear back about my application?