Boeing is committed to investing in the future of innovation by contributing to the robust startup ecosystem in India through collaborations and partnerships. With Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD), Boeing works with the entire spectrum of the student-to-start-up community to help young minds of today to develop breakthrough ideas in India, for India, and for the world.
For BUILD 2023, Boeing India is partnering with Foundation for Innovation & Technology Transfer (FITT-IIT Delhi) for the third time to engage with innovators, such as you, to offer the necessary knowledge and expertise, helping refine and shape your ideas and pitches into products.
The BUILD program is open for students who are either graduating or would have graduated in 2023. Early startup entrepreneurs at the pre-seed idea/conceptualization stage with no funding are invited to apply too.
Compete with your peers for a chance to travel to a Boeing site, present your idea to an eminent jury, and win ₹10 lakh worth in prize money!
Mentorship support from industry-academia network of IIT Delhi & Boeing India
Access to FITT-IIT Delhi’s State-of-the-art infrastructure for prototype development
Access to FITT-IIT Delhi’s network of investors, partners, & early adopters
Do you have a cool idea?
Do you have a cool idea, want to check if it has business potential and develop your
investor pitch? Is your idea related to one of these themes?
If you have a start-up that is in the early stages (pre-seed / pre-revenue) and a recently
graduated engineering student you can apply for the BUILD program.
Past Success with FITT-IIT Delhi <> Boeing BUILD 2.0
Riding on the success of the first edition of the Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development Program (BUILD) in 2019, the second edition in 2022 attracted a record number of entries with more than 750 innovator teams from over 1,600 student and start-up participants from all over the country. Following a stringent evaluation process, 70 shortlisted teams entered the regional boot camp, of which seven teams comprising university students and early-stage start-up entrepreneurs were announced as the winners of the second annual Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) program 2022-23. Winners were further supported by Boeing and the respective incubator partner for over six months, to help develop ideas into market-ready and viable business solutions.
The seven winning teams are SpaceFields Pvt. Ltd. from the Society for Innovation and Development (SID) – IISC Bengaluru; HEM Dimensions Pvt. Ltd. from SID – IISC Bengaluru; Scavengex from IIT Madras Incubation Cell; CeraTattva InnoTech Pvt. LTD. from IIT Madras Incubation Cell; Modulo EV from the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) – IIT Delhi; SAP AEROSPACE from FIIT – IIT Delhi; and Galanto Innovations Pvt Ltd. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IIEC) – IIT Gandhinagar.
The program offered opportunities to applicants to incubate ideas and access Boeing’s innovation ecosystem. applying from tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 cities across India.
Boeing launched BUILD with an aim to nurture and support the start-up ecosystem in the country. Over the years, Boeing has strategically invested in developing talent for the Indian aerospace sector and inspiring the next generation of engineering talent in India. Through its programs such as the HorizonX India Innovation Challenge, the Accelerated Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Apprenticeship, and the National Aeromodelling Competition with IIT, Boeing has made a significant impact in creating a skilled frontline workforce and empowered entrepreneurs in India.
If you are a student graduating this year, choose the region in which your college is located. If your team has a group of graduating students from more than one college in more than a region, please choose a region where most of your team attends college
If you are a start-up, choose the region where you live and work.
Yes! We encourage you to apply. Applying is simple and we are looking for teams that are passionate about solving real-life problems. Problems that can be solved in innovative ways that may be related to one of our themes.
We are interested in two things – What problem are you trying to solve and how? Why should we work with your team?
Since we will process a large number of applications, here are some tips to make your application stand out:
- Respect the word limit for the application.
- Be clear and concise.
- Avoid the marketing speak, instead sell how well you understand the problem.
- Tell us why you picked this problem, what needs to be done to solve the problem, and how your team members stand out.
- Tell us what motivates you to solve the problem.
Don’t worry about how unique your idea is – we are interested more in your approach to solving a problem and are open to working with teams who are trying to solve the same problem or develop the same idea.
Sure. Links to videos or demo websites that substantiate your application/entry are permitted. However, links that are added just to fill more space and have no correlation with the application will not be counted,
No. Application is free of cost and no fees will be charged for the BUILD coursework. We will arrange for limited travel for teams selected for the workshop but you may have to pay for day-to-day expenses.
We are looking to work with pre-seed / early-stage startups to develop their business skills. Typically, such startups are in the conceptual stage and have no funding, no revenue, no Minimum Viable Product (or only the outlines of one), and limited customer validation.
If your team is selected, we offer learning opportunities and a chance to connect with experienced professionals in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. We will provide you with learning resources to help you refine your business proposition and sharpen your investor pitches. We offer a chance for you to compete with your peers.
We don’t offer a guaranteed number of winners nationally and we don’t offer any funding. However, if your team is good enough, you will have a chance to win INR 10,00,000 in prize money that you are free to use as your team decides.
The boot camp will be scheduled for a duration of 3-4 days (exact details may vary by region). You are expected to attend the full duration of the boot camp in person. At the end of the boot camp, you will be invited to deliver your pitch to a jury in a process that may require a full day on campus.
If selected, some teams will travel to Bangalore for 1-2 days to participate in the Boeing Innovation Day for the final pitch competition at the Boeing campus in Bangalore.
The teams are expected to take complete ownership in refining their pitches in time to compete effectively.
No. We are looking to work with you, and the team, and not on the idea itself. Submitting more than one application is counterproductive.
No – BUILD is not associated with recruitment at Boeing or at any of our partners. However, BUILD offers you a chance to build your network and showcase your and your team’s passion, enthusiasm, and business acumen.
Some of the dates will be specified as we get closer to the milestones. Refer to the timeline for the latest information.
Of course! We are looking to work with a diverse range of teams. But we do look for how well your team’s qualifications fit your idea.