DefendX Accelerator Program

Defence Innovation Showcase Program


The DefendX Accelerator Program is organised by KIIT TBI in collaboration with DRDO & is dedicated to catapulting startups in the defence and aerospace sector. It will provide expert mentorship, tailored support, access to capital, and a vibrant network of industry professionals, investors, and peers to the startups in the defence innovation sector. If your startup is pioneering innovative solutions with the potential to shape the future of Indian defence and aerospace, we invite you to join us. Together, we'll forge a path towards a more secure and technologically advanced future.

Key Takeaways

Active mentoring support from experts including business, industry, academia, incubator and defence personnel
Access to industry networking and investor investee meetups
Probono Incubation and IP support from iDEX Incubator at KIIT TBI
Mentorship support to apply for Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) and iDEX Open Challenge
Access to various funding schemes at iDEX Incubator at KIIT TBI
Mentorship support to apply for Technology Development Fund, Defence R&D Organization Government of India

Who Can Apply

The program is open to startups across India that are developing innovative solutions that have a high potential for future adoption for Indian defence and aerospace requirements.

Program Outline

Call for Application

Startups submit their proposals. Usually open once in a year.

Evaluation & Shortlisting

Review and selection of promising startups & forming of DefendX cohort

Accelerator Phase

Series of curated sessions & intensive mentorship

Innovation showcase &
Networking Event

Presenting innovations to industry stakeholders & peer networking

Meet the Mentors

Meet the cohort