Defence Innovation Programs-iDEX T Hub

Levelling Up The Innovation In Defence Sector 

Defence and Aerospace

iDEX aims at creation of an ecosystem to foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging Industries including MSMEs, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes & academia and provide them grants/funding and other support to carry out R&D which has good potential for future adoption for Indian defence and aerospace needs.


T-Hub, being the world’s largest innovation campus based, houses highest number of Aerospace & Defence Tech Startups in India. The objective of the Defence Tech Summit at T-Hub is to bring visionaries, subject matter experts, government officials, defence PSUs, research and academic institutions working in the defence technology field to discuss on opportunities & challenges in the R&D sector for startups and how the iDEX program is playing a critical role in spearheading innovation adoption in Armed Forces.

Program Objectives

Transforming Innovation in the Indian Defence Industry

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Capt Roy Joseph Retd

Program Director

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Brig IPS Sethi

Head of Faculty, Decision Sciences
College of Defense Management

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Dr PVGS Jayaram

Head India and Global Strategies,
National Emerging Technology and Research Analysis Group

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Praveen Kumar Bala

Axial Aero Pvt.Ltd

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Drona Sreenivas

Manager, Innovation Management

Impact Numbers

12+ Mentors
Guiding Startups

90+ Innovation Partners

100+ Corporates engaged For commercial

100+ Banks
Partnered for Debt-funding

35+ Startups Actively Engaged

40+ Challenges Supported and Incubated

INR 42cr+ Funding
Grants raised by Startups

45+ Investors
Part of T-Hub’s Network

About iDEX

In the recent years, the government of India has initiated various schemes like Make In India, Startup India, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)4, etc to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the Indian commercial ecosystem.

This has also made increasingly evident that achieving the goal of self – sufficiency for the Indian military will require a means to incorporate innovation rapidly in the weapons procurement process.

Ministry of Defence aims to create an ecosystem which fosters innovation and encourages technology development in Defence by engaging R&D institutes, academia, industries, start- ups and even individual innovators.

Activation Partner: T-Hub

T-Hub (Technology Hub) is a premier innovation hub and ecosystem enabler based in Hyderabad, India. T-Hub leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem and strives to create an impact for startups, corporations, and other ecosystem stakeholders. Its mission is to enable and empower an ecosystem hungry for innovation.

Incorporated in 2015, T-Hub has provided 2000+ national and international startups access to superior technology, talent, mentors, customers, corporates, investors, government agencies, and other innovation ecosystem stakeholders.

T-Hub has elevated innovation for leading national and global corporations, transforming their business models for the better. Collaborating with innovation partners and enablers in Telangana, India and worldwide, T-Hub is building a future-ready innovation ecosystem.

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All startups /MSMEs ,interestedindividual to gain access to Defence Innovation ecosystem and enthusiastic to contribute to the innovation for Defence excellence.

The startup will be provided with various resources like mentors, subject matter expert ,access to investors, access to lab facilities,during the product development and many more.

Yes, guidance will be provided to the startup to apply the challenges with the help of experts from defence background.

Yes, T Hub has collaboration with Defence stakeholders to help startups to give access to various Defence Summit.

Yes, T Hub will help stakeholders to gain access to manufacturing facilities to design & develop prototypes.

Yes, the solutions of startups will be fine tuned by subject matter expert from defence tech background and will be guided to apply for other OC.

Yes, the startup will be incubated with T Hub and will have access to Co-working space at the country’s most premium innovation hub – T Hub.

T Hub has collaboration with various investors and the eligible startups will be connected with the appropriate investor for funding.

Yes , the startup will be opportunity to showcase their products on various platforms.