Boeing India has opened applications for the Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) programme for 2022, inviting university students and early stage startups from across the country. The program’s goal is to inspire young entrepreneurs to create ideas that can be turned into viable business offerings. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in the following areas: mobility, space, connectivity, Industry 4.0 technology, enterprise digital solutions, sustainability, and data analytics/AI.
Students and entrepreneurs interested in the BUILD programme can apply at www.boeing.co.in/build. The deadline for submitting ideas is October 31, 2022. Boeing has collaborated with seven incubators for the programme: IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Madras, IISC Bangalore, T-Hub Hyderabad, and KIIT Bhubaneshwar.
The shortlisted teams will compete regionally, and the finalists will pitch their ideas to subject-matter experts at Boeing Innovation Day in February 2023. The winners will be eligible for cash prizes. Boeing mentors and industry experts will interact with the finalists and work closely with them to refine and suggest ways to turn ideas into viable business offerings.
Applicants must be graduates in 2022, faculty, or aspiring entrepreneurs. One winning team from each of the seven University incubators will receive a cash prize of Rs10,000.
Seven Indian states’ university incubators will be accepting applications.
Shortlisted teams will be mentored by Boeing experts to refine and convert ideas into viable business offerings.
Ahmed Elsherbini, managing director, Boeing India Engineering & Technology Center, and chief engineer, Boeing India said, “I am excited to see the possibilities and results of enhanced interaction between our engineers, technologists, and the student and start-up community at BUILD, and believe that these interactions will boost the culture of innovation and creativity at Boeing and among the participating startup community.” In 2019, BUILD attracted a record number of entrants with more than 850 innovator teams applying from tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 cities across India.