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T-Hub launches funding programme for defence and aerospace innovation

Sumit Vishwakarma
New Update

T-Hub, a prominent startup hub in India, has intensified its support for the country's defence and aerospace sectors by launching the SIDBI-T-Hub Funding Programme.

The initiative, announced at the National Defense and Aerospace Innovation Summit (DIAS) on May 1, 2024, included the signing of seven strategic MoUs with key industry players.

Strategic partnerships

Through partnerships with organizations such as KAVACHH, Bharat Dynamics Limited, the International Institute for Space Studies & Research (IISSR), and the Directorate of Defense Research & Development-Israel, T-Hub aims to drive knowledge exchange and accelerate technological advancements in critical sectors.


The new funding program also intends to support emerging startups, bridging financial gaps and nurturing cutting-edge technologies.

Leadership comments

Jayesh Ranjan (IAS), Special Chief Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Telangana government, expressed, "Telangana’s strategic focus on fostering both defense and aerospace technology reflects our commitment to progress and innovation. Through collaborative initiatives such as the Defense and Aerospace Innovation Summit, we are positioning our state as a leader in these crucial sectors. With a talented workforce and forward-thinking strategies, we are creating opportunities for growth and advancement, drawing positive attention to Telangana’s capabilities on both national and global platforms."

T-Hub's CEO, Mahankali Srinivas Rao (MSR), stated, "Through initiatives such as the Defense and Aerospace Innovation Summit, T-Hub empowers startups to harness their entrepreneurial spirit and develop cutting-edge solutions that tackle the industry’s most pressing challenges. Within the vast expanse of the $440 billion global space market lies immense opportunity, with startups emerging as the trailblazers of innovation."

"At T-Hub, we envision an ecosystem where startups thrive, finding the support, mentorship, and collaboration needed to reach new heights. By bridging startups with corporates and facilitating exposure and networking, we are shaping the future of space exploration and defense solutions, all in line with the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat," Rao added.

Showcasing disruptive technologies and solutions

The summit provided a platform for startups to showcase their disruptive technologies and solutions, including weaponry, unmanned aerial vehicles, satellite technologies, and cybersecurity.

Through interactive sessions, pitch competitions, and networking opportunities, startups engaged with industry leaders, investors, and potential collaborators.

The event included pitch competitions, allowing startups to present groundbreaking ideas to a panel of experts and investors, opening avenues for exposure and crucial funding for growth and sustainability.