ASPIRE- was launched to set up a network of technology centres and to set up incubation centres to accelarate enterpreneurship and also to promote startups for innovation in agro industry
The main objectives of the scheme are to:
80 Livelihood business incubators (2014-2016) to be set up by NSIC, KVIC or Coir Board or any other Institution/agency of GoI/State Govt. on its own or by any of the agency/Scheme for promotion of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Agro-Industry organisation of the M/o MSME, one-time grant of 100% of cost of Plant & Machinery other than the land and infrastructure or an amount up to Rs.100 lakhs whichever is less to be provided
In case of incubation centres to be set up under PPP mode with NSIC, KVIC or Coir Board or any other Institution/agency of GoI/State Govt., one- time grant of 50% of cost of Plant & Machinery other than the land and infrastructure or Rs.50.00 lakhs, whichever is less to be provided
Assistance towards the training cost of incubates will be met out of the ATI scheme of the Ministry as far as possible for both centres
Total budget plan is Rs.62.50 crore for 2014-2016.
Implement the IncubationandCommercialisation of Business Ideas Programme through technical/research institutes including those in the field of agro based industry.
These would be designated as Knowledge Partners and would incubate new/existing technologies for their commercialisation. To provide funds for the incubator/incubation and create necessary synergy between this scheme and the Livelihood Business
Incubators/Technology Business Incubators and Incubation schemes of MSME/NSIC/KVIC/Coir Board/ Other Ministries/Departments as well as Private incubators.
Application can be sent to Aspire Scheme Steering Committee of Ministry of MSME. Scheme Steering Committee will be responsible for overall policy, coordination, and management support. The Council will be chaired by Secretary, Ministry of MSME