Venture Center
India's top incubator for
inventive startups
From Concept to Market
Seeding tomorrow's
enterprises today
Translate your ideas into successful businesses.


Apply now! 15 Jul

Kemin Industries South Asia - Venture Center CSR Collaboration

Grant Funding upto Rs. 4.5 lakh for Proof of Concept / Prototype Development / Prototype validation Focus Areas: Sustainable ingredients/materials for feed, food and nutrition

Avail now! 15 Jul


Special Limited-Time Offer of 20% Discount on Trademark Filing Services for individuals, businesses , and organizations

Avail now! 15 Jul

Special discount on Purity Assessment with GC-FID

Special Price: INR 700/- per sample Turnaround Time: 48 hours Deliverables*: Chromatographic profile, Relative area profile

Apply now! 15 Jul Awards for Inventive Startups is happy to offer awards to Inventive startups for PCT filing fee worth approximate INR 1-1.5 lakh.

About Venture Center

India's largest technology incubator hosted by CSIR’s National Chemical Laboratory, has aided over 750 science-based startups since its inception in December 2006. The incubator offers a robust innovation ecosystem, providing comprehensive support like mentoring, funding, scientific assistance, incubation, and specialized resource centers. As an approved incubator by DST-NSTEDB, Venture Center collaborates with organizations including BIRAC, DST, Atal Innovation Mission, MeitY, and the Defence Innovation Organisation, demonstrating its commitment to nurturing startups at different lifecycle stages.

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Puneri Paatya
10 July 2024

Puneri Paatya on campus

We've added a touch of local flavor and wit to our campus with Puneri Paatya, known for their humorous and direct instructions. These witty signs blend hilarity with practical advice, making everyday reminders engaging and memorable. Read more

Incubator of year photo
27 May 2024

Incubator of the year award

Venture Center has been awarded the "Incubator of the Year" by the Pune Management Association in recognition of our contribution to the Pune ecosystem. Read more

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21 May 2024

Visit by Investor Subramani Ramachandrappa

We were delighted to host Subramani Ramachandrappa at Venture Center, where he spent time with several startups working in biotech/ industrial biotech/food & nutrition. Read more

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20 May 2024

Summer Camp: Scientific magic with Chemistry

We recently hosted an exciting summer camp for high school students with plenty of engaging and hands-on activities that demonstrated various concepts of chemistry such as neutralization reactions, redox reactions, chromatography and others. Read more

Incubator of year photo
22 May 2024

DEIA CATALYST: Driving success through diversity

We had the pleasure of welcoming members of the first cohort of the DEIA catalyst program, at a recent event in Mumbai, which was also attended by the US Ambassador Eric Garcetti , US Consul General , Mike Hankey , others from the US Consulate

Why Choose Us?

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  • Complete Ecosystem

    Our diverse and impactful ecosystem is designed to nurture and propel early-stage ideas, startups, and entrepreneurs. Our support spans across key areas to ensure that your startup journey is seamless: mentoring expertise, funding, infrastructure support, open-access scientific and prototyping facilities, business, IP & regulatory advisory services, specialized resource centers and so much more!

  • Mentoring Expertise

    Venture Center is one of the very few incubators in India that can support startups in difficult domain areas such as life sciences, engineering, materials sciences, agriculture, and clean energy. Our strong in-house mentoring team led by Dr Premnath Venugopalan is known for its depth and thought leadership,and we also have a large network of over 200 technical, business and other specialist mentors.

  • Track record

    We have supported over 750 entrepreneurs over 17 years of dedicated service, and over 85% of the startups we have supported are still active, affirm our impactful incubation activities. Another key indicator is the substantial presence of our startups in the market. Close to 100 products developed by our startups have successfully made their way into the market, with over Rs. 700 crore investment mobilized by our incubatees, validating the potential in their technologies.

  • Stimulating Environment

    Venture Center is in close proximity to some of India’s leading academic and research organizations that engage in cutting-edge research and innovation, adding to Pune’s vibrant, academic atmosphere. At Venture Center, you can also benefit from the strong peer network of like-minded, driven entrepreneurs, and discover invaluable mentorship and role models within our dynamic ecosystem.

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Register Now 31 Jul

Fundamentals of Gas Chromatography - Wave 5

One Day Intensive, Hands-on Workshop organized by VC AnalytiX at Venture Center. The workshop is intended to: (1) Introduce the underlying principle and technical aspects of Gas Chromatography (2) Practical applications of GC in the industry. (3) Hands On sample preparation. (4) Live demonstration of data acquisition process. (5) Data Interpretation strategies. Read more

Register Now 18 Jul

Immersion program for Incubation Managers

The comprehensive learning program will help managers of new incubation centers structure their programs into effective ecosystems that would play a critical role in long term sustenance and functioning of an incubator. Read more

Register Now 12 Jul

Session on Theory of Constraints: A Science of Management

"Theory of Constraints: A Science of Management." Discover the power of TOC, a proven methodology that has revolutionized industries worldwide over the past 40 years. Read more

Register Now 10 Jul

IP Mentoring Clinics (every Wednesday)

Join our mentoring clinics designed to help you grasp the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) and its protection. In one-on-one calls, you'll learn about the rights conferred to creators and the importance of safeguarding your IP at the right stage of development. Additionally, we will discuss funding opportunities available for IP filing. Secure your spot to ensure your creations are well-protected and take advantage of the resources available to you. Read more

Register Now 28 Jun

Book Club Discussion on "Atomic Habits"

Venture Center Library's Book Club Discussion on "Atomic Habits" Read more

Register Now 20 Jun

Two-Day Intensive Workshop on Confocal Microscopy

Learn from experts: Principle and applications of Confocal Microscopy; Advanced applications of Confocal microscopy; Best practices; Live demonstrations on Leica SP8 CLSM; 3D imaging; Time lapse cinematography; Hands-on sessions on sample preparation for immunofluorescence staining; apoptosis detection. Read more

Customer Testimonials

We came to Venture Center with an idea and a will to execute our vision. Venture Center provided us with the infrastructure and initial capital to do that. Dr. Premnath also infused strategic thinking into us around Intellectual Property, stakeholder management and networking. They also invested in our subsequent funding rounds. Without Venture Centers help we would not have been able to execute our vision.
I started at Venture Center as a NIDHI - EIR fellow with just an idea. The VC ecosystem was instrumental in shaping that idea into a product and a business.
At the early stages, building hardware prototypes can be very expensive and time consuming. However, the shared labs and facilities (e.g. Protoshop) at VC helped us realize our ideas and build prototypes very quickly allowing us the ability to take the product to market in under a year . The VC ecosystem also helped us access...
The Venture Center BIG team has been very supportive throughout the journey. We, being incubated in VC, have always received constructive feedback and guidance from the team.The pre- application process for the BIG grant was perfectly streamlined. We were thoroughly conveyed all the guidelines of the process. All our doubts and concerns were given attention and were solved on an immediate basis.
The VC BIG team also conducted several mock pitches during the pre-application process, which helped us prepare...


Read more 09 May

BioPrime and Yara India collaborate to provide farmers with innovative sustainable solutions

Venture Center incubatee BioPrime Agrisolutions and Yara India partner to combat climate uncertainties in farming. This partnership marks a significant milestone in the agricultural sector, paving the way for innovation and sustainability in farming practices.

Read more 04 May

Venture Center partners with Blockchain for Impact to accelerate healthcare innovations

Blockchain For Impact CEO Dr Gaurav Singh and Venture Center Director Dr V Premnath announced strategic partnership aimed at nurturing innovation and driving advancements in healthcare in New Delhi on March 4

Read more 01 Apr

Venture Center partners with Kotak Alternate Asset Managers for the Investor Readiness Programme

In a significant move to bolster the healthcare startup ecosystem in India, Venture Center has partnered with Kotak Alternate Asset Managers to launch the second cohort of the Investor Readiness Programme for healthcare startups



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