BUILD to shape future of Indian aerospace

Boeing announces launch of varsity

Making a commitment towards nurturing innovation and skill development in the country, Boeing on Monday announced that it is launching a Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) programme for university students, faculty and early-stage start-ups.

“The BUILD program will help innovators convert their ideas into viable business offerings that have the potential to shape the future of Indian aerospace and defence,” the company said at the launch

Boeing India president Salil Gupte said that a close partnership with India’s academia and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem has the potential to reimagine the future of aerospace for the world.

“With BUILD, we are creating a platform for students and entrepreneurs to not only benefit from our vast experience and partner networks, but also develop their ideas into path-breaking innovations,” Mr. Gupte said.

Boeing said it has partnered with seven incubators — IIT-Delhi, IIT-Gandhinagar, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Madras, IISc Bangalore, T-Hub Hyderabad and KIIT Bhubaneshwar — to select finalists for the BUILD boot camps.

The shortlisted teams will compete at a regional level and the finalists will then pitch their ideas to a selection panel of subject-matter experts on Boeing Innovation Day, to be held in September.

Through out the programme, Boeing mentors and industry experts will interact with the finalists to refine ideas and develop their entrepreneurial skills, the company said.

Submission of ideas

Applicants can submit their ideas in the fields of aerospace, autonomous vehicles, advanced manufacturing, augmented and virtual reality, analytics (artificial intelligence and machine learning), materials, robotics and internet of things and apply to the BUILD program

Deadline for the submissions is June 10.

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