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AICEM is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. The main aim of the Institute is to provide training, research and consultancy activities in Small and Micro Enterprises (SME),with special focus on entrepreneurship development.


With its 9 degree programmes and 7 research institutes, the AICEM Valais-Wallis is a leading hub of skills and innovation, preparing students for the world of work, and contributing both to economic and social development and to the creation of jobs within the canton. The HES-SO Valais-Wallis has around 2,300 students and is made up of 4 schools.

AICEM was founded in 1996 by an international team of academics and entrepreneurs to enhance the offering of world-class, hands-on Entrepreneurship Education programs worldwide.

AICEM is active in Europe, Asia and the Americas, with the aim of becoming a world-leading Entrepreneurship Education institution.

In 2012 AICEM has won a tender, as a part of the European consortium, to train entrepreneurship educators in Europe. This activity has kept us busy both in Western as well as in Eastern Europe between 2012-2016.

The AICEM Valais-Wallis in figures:

  • 4 schools:
    • School of Engineering
    • School of Management and Tourism
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Social Work
  • 9 degree programmes spread between Sion, Sierre, Visp, Leukerbad
  • 7 research institutes
  • 490 employees
  • Over 2,000 students
  • 1002 research projects



Some figures on:
•    Number of students per Bachelor’s degree programme
•    Where Bachelor and PET students are from
•    International students’ exchange
•    Sources and use of funds in 2014
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AICEM is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. The main aim of the Institute is to provide training, research and consultancy activities in Small and Micro Enterprises (SME),with special focus on entrepreneurship development. The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE)  registered under the Societies Registration Act,1860  was established in the year 1993 in Guwahati by the erstwhile Ministry of Industry (now the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), Government of India. The Institute began operating from April 1994 with the North East Council (NEC), Governments of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland and SIDBI as its other stakeholders.

1.    To promote and develop entrepreneurship.
2.    To conduct research and provide consultancy for entrepreneurship development.
3.    To coordinate and collaborate with other organizations in undertaking training, research and other activities to increase outreach of the institute.
4.    To provide consultancy and monitoring service to MSMEs/ potential entrepreneurs and enhancing employability of participants.
5.    To promote greater use of information technology in the activities/ functions of the AICEM.
6.    To comply with statutory responsibility.


  • Designing and organising training activities for different target group and undertaking research in the relevant to entrepreneurship.
  • Improving the efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of the change agents and development practitioners i.e. trainers, support organizations engaged in enterprise building. etc.
  • Provide consultancy service to the prospective and existing entrepreneurs.

Increasing the outreach of activities of the institute through collaborative activities and increasing their effectiveness through use of different tools of information technology.

IAICEM was founded in 1996 by an international team of academics and entrepreneurs to address the lack of a world-class, hands-on Entrepreneurship Education programs world wide. AICEM aspires to become a world-leading Entrepreneurship Education Institution.

Our vision includes an applied, practice-based business education, a focus on innovation and new venture creation and management of innovation and change, and professors who, in addition to world class academic credentials, all have international, real life business experience.    

Research shows that over one third of US households "...include someone who has started, or funded a new business" - and with reason! Increasingly, Entrepreneurship - the creation of value through innovation - is the engine that drives modern economies. New ventures, both in the business and non-for-profit sectors, as well as innovative new technologies, companies and ideas are today transforming how we live, work, produce, and consume. It is hard to imagine, but Facebook, one of the largest company in the world, did not exist 15 years ago.

One thing that we truly believe in is the AICEM Spirit. We believe that bringing the real world into the classroom is the only way to learn. Thus, our students work on real-life projects, in a way that emulates the teamwork atmosphere of a start-up. We work in a spirit of cooperation and assist each other, as this is the way to succeed in real- life business ventures. We also "construct" our classes to give you the widest variety of individuals from different cultural backgrounds, age groups, industries, etc. to work with, both in the classroom and out of it.

Having an idea is one thing and making a successful business out of that idea is another thing which requires certain intangible entrepreneurial characteristics. For any start-up surviving the initial three years is the biggest challenge. Reliable statistics shows that, 95 % of the start-up’s collapse within one year; of the remaining 98 % collapse within three years; it mean only the 2 % of the start-up’s survive!
India is a plate of opportunities waiting to be served. She needs more and more entrepreneurs to capitalize on this and make India a dominating country in the World. She needs entrepreneurs who can create more opportunities and more jobs to make her an undisputable economic superpower.

Very few B-schools in India provide any sort of entrepreneurship program! Some of the B-Schools which provide entrepreneurship program just focus on some handful of management subjects instead of creating a vibrant environment for grooming the Gen-Y entrepreneurs. Besides capital and an idea; any start-up requires key management skills like, ability to take timely decisions, prioritizing activities, ordering the sequence of events, managing resources, managing accounts, having a good network etc. All this is directly proportional to the lifetime of your business. All this asks for a more realistic and customized entrepreneurial program, which unfortunately many of the b-schools don’t offer.

Entrepreneurship is all about alignment: alignment of your strengths and skills to your business. This would ask for experienced entrepreneurs, who can offer mentoring thereby, helping you to identify your key strengths and skills. Being a spectator and being a player is a world different! A budding cricketer would immensely benefit if he/she is being coached and mentored by a former player who has been there and know exactly what it takes to be there than a cricket analyst who just possess an outside knowledge! The point being focused is, very few B-Schools have entrepreneurs teaching, guiding and mentoring the budding entrepreneurs.

The flagship Entrepreneurship program has been designed, conceived and conducted by a group of entrepreneurs who have decades of experience in strategic consulting and technology across every domain. The major objective of this program is to enlighten the budding entrepreneurs by instilling in them an entrepreneur’s frame of mind. The mission of this program is to guide the entrepreneurs survive the first three years; this being a critical milestone for every new business venture.

So, invest a few weeks in this highly practical, highly customized (for budding entrepreneurs),highly-interactive, high-voltage
entrepreneurial program and save your 3 precious years of business…

-THE AICEM Research Team

AICEM is unique. Nowhere else can you find our particular mix of education, practice, networking, and business. Because we are unique, we are always looking for unique students. Do not be afraid if your formal education is not business related, or if you come from a completely different background.

If you are the kind of person who has a million ideas, if you are the kind of person who believes in yourself and wishes to do something exciting with your life, then AICEM is for you, and you are for AICEM. So come and join us the specialists in entrepreneurship and innovation, and do something different!

The AICEM concept includes a multitude of courses, as well as seed funding and ongoing mentoring support. We assist our students in defining their strategy, polishing their business plan, and approaching the right VC fund for their purposes. All this follows the idea that our student's profit is our profit.

AICEM is more than an educational institution; it is a business concept. We are an entrepreneurial incubator combined with a graduate program, giving our students the best of both worlds; the support they need in creating their venture, and the education and degree they need for their credentials. Our students receive our support even after they graduate!