IIT-H & College of Defence Management to Foster Defence-Oriented Startups

Hyderabad: The iTIC Incubator at IIT Hyderabad has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the College of Defence Management (CDM) in Hyderabad to guide civilian tech startups in reorienting their technology towards defence applications.

The marks the initiation of Cohort 2 of the Acclimatisation Boot Camp for Defence (ABCD) under the iDEX-DIO banner, IIT-H said in a statement.

The signing ceremony took place at IIT Hyderabad, with Rear Admiral Sanjay Datt, Commandant, CDM, and Prof. Suryakumar, dean ITS, IITH, formalising the commitment. The ABCD initiative aims to facilitate the transformation of promising startups by providing a unique opportunity for collaboration with knowledge partners, including active and retired armed forces personnel.

During the boot camp, startups will work closely with mentors to identify ways their technology can address critical defence challenges. The program includes guidance on upgrading prototypes with the support of iTIC Incubator and validation from experienced mentors. At the conclusion of the boot camp, startups will be equipped to craft compelling proposals for defence procurements and grants, empowering them to make a tangible impact in the defence sector.

The primary objective of Cohort 2 of ABCD is to acclimatise startups, helping them discover defence applications and securing funding for defence projects. By fostering this collaboration between academia and the defence sector, the initiative aims to bridge the gap between civilian technology and defence needs, fostering innovation with real-world impact.

Prof. B.S. Murty, commenting on the collaboration, emphasised the convergence of technological innovation with national needs through the iTIC Incubator at IIT Hyderabad. ABCD) facilitates the transition of civilian tech startups into the defence domain, fostering a symbiotic relationship with the armed forces, he said.

Rear Admiral Sanjay Datt, expressed excitement about the collaborative venture, highlighting the dedication to nurturing the development and creativity of defence start-ups.

Interested startups for Cohort 2 of ABCD can apply via the official website by November 30, and the programme will commence in December. Benefits include feedback from the defence ecosystem, access to iTIC and IITH infrastructure, proposal writing guidance, and entry into the defence market.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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