T-Hub Launches Funding Programme and Signs 7 MoUs to Accelerate Defence and Aerospace

In a recent move for the start-up industry, T-Hub signed MoUs with SIDBI, KAVACHH, IISSR, BDL, and Collins Aerospace to accelerate defence and aerospace innovation.

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T-Hub, India's leading startup incubator, announced a significant boost for the domestic defence and aerospace sector with the launch of the SIDBI-T-Hub Funding Programme and the signing of several strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with prominent industry players. Unveiled during the National Defence and Aerospace Innovation Summit (DIAS), this initiative marks a pivotal stride towards nurturing a robust defence and aerospace solution hub in India. It underlines a steadfast commitment to propel innovation, foster collaboration, and fortify national security.

T-Hub's MoUs were inked with influential entities including KAVACHH, the International Institute For Space Studies & Research (IISSR), the Directorate of Defence Research & Development- Israel, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Collins Aerospace, the College of Defence Management and the Indian School of Business. These collaborations will facilitate knowledge exchange, expedite technological progress, and cultivate a vibrant ecosystem for innovation within the defence and aerospace sectors. The newly introduced SIDBI-T-Hub Funding Programme aims to bridge the financial gap for emerging startups in these sectors, providing crucial support to nurture innovation and enable the development of cutting-edge technologies to address national security requirements.

Dignitaries such as Shri Giridhar Aramane (IAS), Defence Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Special Chief Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Telangana government, Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, President, The Aeronautical Society of India, Former Chairman DRDO and Scientific Advisor to Rakshya Mantri; Shri BVR Mohan Reddy, Padma Shri awardee, Founder and Chairman CYIENT and Founding member T-Hub; Mahankali Srinivas Rao (MSR), CEO of T-Hub, Anish, Anthony, COO, T-Hub, Sujit Jagirdar, CIO, T-Hub; Satya Prakash Singh, Chief General Manager, SIDBI along with members from Defence Advisory Committee (DAC) graced the summit, reaffirming their commitment to driving innovation and progress in the defence and aerospace sectors.


Shri Jayesh Ranjan (IAS), Special Chief Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Telangana government said, “Through collaborative initiatives such as the Defence and Aerospace Innovation Summit, we are positioning our state as a leader in these crucial sectors."

Mahankali Srinivas Rao (MSR), CEO of T-Hub, said, "Through initiatives such as the Defence and Aerospace Innovation Summit, T-Hub empowers startups to harness their entrepreneurial spirit and develop cutting-edge solutions that tackle the industry's most pressing challenges. Within the vast expanse of the $440 billion global space market lies immense opportunity, with startups emerging as the trailblazers of innovation."

The summit provided an invaluable platform for startups to showcase their disruptive technologies and solutions, spanning from weaponry and unmanned aerial vehicles to satellite technologies and cybersecurity. Through interactive sessions, pitch competitions, and networking opportunities, startups engaged with industry leaders, investors, and potential collaborators, laying the groundwork for future partnerships and expansion. Participating startups in the summit included Big Bang Boom Solutions, Skyroot, Edgeforce, Meridian Data labs, Axial Aero, Tractrix, IIC Technologies, Micronel Global Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Latentheat2Comfort, BinfordResearch Labs Private Labs, Jisnu Communications, Arka Aerospace, Zen technologies ltd, Dhruva Space Pvt. Ltd, and Crimson Energy Experts Pvt. Ltd.

The DIAS event also hosted pitch competitions, allowing startups to present groundbreaking ideas to a panel of experts and investors, opening avenues for exposure and crucial funding necessary for their growth and sustainability in the defence and aerospace sectors. Recognition and awards were bestowed upon outstanding Defence Startups/SMEs/Establishments, underscoring excellence and innovation within the industry.

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