Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC): defence startups competition | Eligibility, important dates & how to apply at

The Defence Innovation Organization under Ministry of Defense, GOI in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission has announced a competition for defense startups called Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC). The objective of the challenge is to support innovative startups from the defense space in India and to provide them opportunity to showcase their products/solutions and services on the larger government backed forum. Defence startups which has prototypes or working products or solutions can participate in the competition. The government is planning to financially support these startups in the area of national security through equity-linked grant-based mechanism.

Defence India Startup Challenge: A competition for defence startups, a platform for them to show case their products/solutions/prototypes based on advanced technology in the area of national defence.

Defence India Startup Challenge: Mission

  • To create and nurture ecosystem of fast-moving innovations in the India Defence Sector
  • To help defence startups and products in commercialization
  • To solve critical problems faced by the Indian Defence Establishment

Defence India Startup Challenge: Who can apply?

  • Startups
  • MSME
  • Individuals

Defence India Startup Challenge: Benefits & Awards

  • A platform for startups to showcase their prototypes, products and solutions
  • A forum to create awareness about startups and their work
  • An opportunity to get government support along with funding
  • Grants of up to Rs. 1.5 crores (funding will be in the form of grant/equity/debt on a milestone basis as per the recommendations of a high-powered committee)

Defence India Startup Challenge: Problem Statements

  1. Individual protection system with built-in sensors
  2. See through armour
  3. Carbon firer winding (CFW)
  4. Active protection system (APS)
  5. Secure hardware based offline encryptor device for graded security
  6. Development of 4G/LTE based tactical local area network
  7. Development of Advanced Technology Based Desalination System (Water Purification) and Bilge Oily Water Separation System
  8. Artificial Intelligence in Logistics & SCM
  9. Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vehicles
  10. Remotely Piloted Airborne Vehicles
  11. Laser Weaponry

Last date of applications: 30th September 2018

Defence India Startup Challenge: How to apply?

STEP 1: CLICK HERE to go to the official portal

STEP 2: Click on Apply Now link to go to application form

STEP 3: Provide applicants details along with the latest resume in the first section

STEP 4: Provide details of the startup/product/solution along with research papers or patents if any

STEP 5: Upload business plan

STEP 6: Click on Submit button to complete the application

Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX)

  • An framework launched in April 2018 in DefExpo
  • To create ecosystem of defence research
  • Primarily for startups, MSME, individual innovators, research institutes
  • Grant will be provided under the scheme
  • An executive arm of the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO)

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):

  • Govt of India flagship program to promote culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in India
  • Objective is to create programs and policies for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Atal Tinkering Labs and Atal Incubation Centers provide support to Established Incubation Centers
  • Aim is to find ultra-low-cost solution to problems based by the people of the country through Atal New India Challenges and Atal Grand Challenges

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