Seeding tomorrow’s enterprises today

15 proud years of service to the nation.

We nurture technology and knowledge-based enterprises for India by leveraging the scientific and engineering competencies of the institutions in the region.

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About Venture Center

Venture Center is India’s award winning, leading technology business incubator for science and technology startups. We offer a full suite of programs, services, resources and facilities to support our entrepreneurs.

Although we specialize in supporting early-stage startups, we work with businesses at all stages, helping both startups and established companies develop and grow.

Venture Center (registered trademark) was founded in 2007 as an initiative of CSIR’s National Chemical Laboratory. Venture Center was incorporated as “Entrepreneurship Development Center” under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 (now Section 8 under the Companies Act, 2013).

Venture Center is an approved incubator of the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (DST-NSTEDB).

About Venture Center

Our Mission & Vision

CORE PURPOSE

To nucleate and nurture technology and knowledge-based enterprises for India by leveraging the scientific and engineering competencies of the institutions in the region.

ENVISIONED FUTURE

To be the organization that will be credited with creating, shaping and sustaining a “Pune cluster” of innovative technology businesses with a significant economic impact regionally, nationally and globally within the next 20 years (Venture Center was founded on 10th Jan 2007).

Venture Center Milestones

2006-2013

2006

Inauguration of physical facilities at 100 NCL Innovation Park by Prof. Sir Richard Friend in the presence of Dr. R.A. Mashelkar and Dr. S. Sivaram.

2007

Incorporation of “Entrepreneurship Development Center” with Dr. V. Premnath and Dr. S. Sivaram as Founding Directors.

2007

Signing of MoU with DST-NSTEDB for creation and funding of the technology business incubator.

2010

Fully functional shared scientific facilities operational at Venture Center

2011

Signing of Lab2Mkt agreement with CSIR-NCL for the creation of spin-off entities.

2013

Venture Center appointed as a Biotechnology Ignition Grant Partner by BIRAC.

2014-2017

2014

-Launch of the Social Innovation Immersion Program (SIIP) at Venture Center.

-Incorporation of the first company under the Lab2Mkt program (Module Innovations).

2015

– Formal inauguration of the BioIncubator by Prof. Vijay Raghavan ovations).

– Inauguration of Tinkering Lab by Dr. Satya Dash.

– Chosen as the National Implementation Partner for NIDHI – EIR.

2016

-Received the National Award for TBI 2015 from the Honorable President of India.

-Selected for DST’s NIDHI Centre of Excellence status and funding support.

-Chosen as the National Implementation Partner for NIDHI – EIR.

2017

– Inauguration of DST-Prayashala by Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.

– Inauguration of BioIncubator Phase 2 by Dr. Renu Swarup, MD, BIRAC.

2018-2021

2018

-Formal launch of BIRAC Regional Bioinnovation Center 

-Received the AABI Award for Incubator of the Year

2019

-Received the National Entrepreneurship Award 2019 under the Ecosystem Builder Category

-Approval from National Biopharma Mission (NBM) for Centre for Biopharma Analysis

2020

-Received approval from NBM for Regional Tech Transfer Office (TechEx.in)

-The Center for Biopharma Analysis (CBA) supported by NBM was inaugurated virtually by Secretary, DBT, Dr Renu Swarup

-Venture Center was the Nerve Center for TFORD-COVID19-India (Task Force on Repurposing of Drugs for COVID19) set up by office of Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA)

2021

– Venture Center is a Certified Public Charity in Equivalency Determination done by NGO Source

What We Offer

Creating a science-based startup is a challenging and long journey. In particular, the first steps can be crucial in ensuring that a young company is on the right path towards success. Venture Center provides early-stage entrepreneurs with access to world-class knowledge and resources that they need to grow their businesses and create impact. The rich technology innovation ecosystem at Venture Center includes infrastructural facilities such as laboratory spaces and specialized scientific facilities, unique resource centers such as a technology transfer hub, a regulatory information facilitation center, an ISO-certified medtech clean room. We also offer ample funding, internal mentoring capabilities, as well as giving entrepreneurs access to our 250+ strong network of mentors and subject matter experts.

Programs

Venture Center is the partner for the following programs of BIRAC, DST, and Atal Innovation Mission

Services

Fact sheets, eligibility, and pricing for our services

Funding

Venture Center offers a variety of funding options to startups with new and meritorious ideas, innovations and technologies

Our Impact

650+

Entrepreneurs supported till date

85%

of our startups are still active

500 Cr+

Total risk capital mobilized by our startups in the last 6 years

1000 Cr+

Total revenue generated by our startups in the last 6 years

700+

Direct employees of current resident and associate incubatees

76+

Technologies already launched in the market


Our Startups

Venture Center has supported 650+ entrepreneurs till date, with over 70+ resident incubatees physically incubated within the NCL innovation park.

Our startups are working on path breaking, first-of-its-kind technology innovations, and we are thrilled to be backing some of the most promising innovations and startups of the future.

Over 50% of our startups are working on health technologies, 16% startups are working on clean tech, environment, and sustainability solutions, with 14% of our startups working in the agriculture sector.

Over 75 of our startup products and services have already been launched and are in the market.

In the News

Startup Feature | March 2022

MyLab MD Hasmukh Rawal talks to Biospectrum India about the booming market for point-of-care diagnostics


Startup Feature | 28 February 2022

Sense It Out featured in Pudhari on the occasion of National Science Day 2022


Announcements

Funding | Deadline: 25 February 2022

Inviting applications for BIRAC’s Biotechnology Ignition Grant Funding up to Rs. 50 lakh


Funding | Call Open

Inviting applications for funding support of cost of statutory fees for Indian patent filings


Funding | Deadline: 20 February 2022

Inviting applications for NIDHI PRAYAS Prototyping Grant


15th Anniversary Commemorative Article

Pune-based Venture Center is helping founders navigate untested waters

Upcoming Events

NIDHI CoE Event | 30 May 2022

Social Entrepreneurship in India: The Mindset to make Money with Impact

TechEx.In Event | 01 June 2022

Translation of Healthcare Innovations: Lessons Learned from the US and Emory University

Social Innovations Workshop | 1-2 June 2022

Crafting a winning Go-to-Market Strategy


Testimonials

Testimonials

“Venture Center has helped us immensely by providing us mentoring, access to experts, a rich ecosystem and DBT funding, networking opportunities with investors, and a platform to exchange knowledge and experience with our peers. This has helped us make our mission more focused, better our product concept, attain validation and regulatory goals in the right manner, protect our IP at the right time, spread awareness through media, and of course build value in the company to attract investors at various points in time.”

Periwinkle Technologies

Veena Moktali, CEO – Periwinkle Technologies

“The regulatory environment in India is changing and startups need to be updated of the latest regulations. The Regulatory Information Facilitation Center has helped us in planning our regulatory compliance pathway.”

Nayam Innovations

Tanuj Gigras, Co-Founder & Director, Nayam Innovations

Venture center’s flexible lab space options are extremely beneficial for early stage companies like us. With easy access to state of the art infrastructure, domain expertise and investor connections, VC provides an opportunity to small companies to scale effectively.”

Ahammune Biosciences

Parul Ganju, Co-founder & CEO, Ahammune Biosciences

Awards & Accreditations

Awards & Accreditations

AWARDS | 6 JUNE 2018

Ms. Soma Chattopadhyay receiving the AABI Award for Incubator of the Year from Mr. Huang Chingyao, President of AABI and Mr. Philip Kemp, Vice President of AABI 

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AWARDS | 09 Nov 2019 

Dr. Manisha Premnath & Soma Chattopadhyay receiving National Entrepreneurship Award 2019 from Union Minster of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey

r V Premnath receiving the National Award for TBI 2015 from the President of India

AWARDS | 11 MAY 2016

Dr V Premnath  receiving the National Award for TBI 2015  from the President of India

oma Chattopadhyay receiving ISGF Certificate of Merit for Smart Incubator of the year 2019 award from Reji Kumar Pillai, President -ISGF | Chairman - Global Smart Grid Federation

AWARDS | 15 MARCH 2019

Soma Chattopadhyay receiving ISGF Certificate of Merit for Smart Incubator of the year 2019 award from Reji Kumar Pillai, President -ISGF | Chairman – Global Smart Grid Federation

Join Venture Center

Join Venture Center

Venture Center offers challenging employment and consulting opportunities for people who can identify with Venture Center’s goals and mission.

Venture Center seeks employees and consultants who have a strong interest and passion in seeing technology innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups succeed, and have a strong “service” ethos.

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    Unique aspects

    High touch mentoring to Science & Technology focused early stage startups

    85%

    Startups still active


    90%+

    Startups at concept, PoC.


    75%+

    Startups with inventive products


    >100

    Unique families of patents filed


    Extensive experience working with startups

    15

    Years of experience


    600+

    Total incubatees


    150+

    Resident incubatees


    11

    Spinoff companies


    Address

    Venture Center, 100 NCL Innovation Park,

    Dr. Homi Bhabha Rd,

    Pune, Maharashtra 411008

    Contact

    Mob:+91-9172232215 |

    Email Adress: soma@venturecenter.co.in