The Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development Program (BUILD) is Boeing India's unique aerospace innovation, leadership and talent development program; designed for students and budding entrepreneurs. By leveraging the power of the world’s largest aerospace company, BUILD aims to help the young innovators of today shape their ideas into disruptions of tomorrow.

About BUILD Program 2019

Launched in June 2019, Boeing India in collaboration with incubators from IITs, T-Hub IISc and KIIT invited student teams and new entrepreneurs across India, to propose innovative ideas to solve complex challenges in the areas of:

flight plan application stages

Over 850 ideas were received from1600 applicants across India. In the last three months, over 80 selected teams were mentored by subject matter and industry experts as part of an intensive learning program, to shape and refine their ideas. Subject matter experts from Boeing, incubator partners and the industry came together judge these applications and select regional finalists. The incubators helped the shortlisted teams hone their ideas and make them market ready.

steps for the shortlist

Next-gen innovations x Next-gen innovators

BUILD focused on identifying student innovators and budding startups to transform their ideas into sellable value propositions. On Boeing Innovation Day, 26 finalist teams pitched their ideas to Boeing and its connected ecosystem of investors, incubators and entrepreneurs.

The Journey So Far

Six winners were selected from 26 finalist teams. The Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) program attracted a record number of entrants, many from tier 2 and 3 cities, with more than 850 innovator teams applying from across India.

Final winners to emerge from the challenge are:

Startups:

Pi Drones, Kanpur: Hybrid VTOL drones for long range inspection (autonomous vehicles)

Terracarb, Bengaluru: Proprietary process for manufacturing graphene (materials)

Photom Technologies, Ahmedabad: Maintenance solutions for solar PV plants (robotics)

Student Teams:

InfyU Labs, IIT Madras: Chennai, Using a combination of AI / ML and spectroscopy to do non-invasive rapid testing of agricultural produce (analytics)

Project Pinaka, BITS Pilani (Goa): Goa, Making fixed wing electric drones commercially viable by improving flight endurance (autonomous vehicles)

PS-1925, IIIT Allahabad, Allahabad: Pesticide spraying drone based service for farmers (autonomous vehicles)

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. Boeing has created a pool of skilled workforce, aerospace engineering experts and entrepreneurs to help grow the capabilities of the Indian aerospace industry through its programs such as the HorizonX India Innovation Challenge, the Accelerated Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Apprenticeship and National Aeromodelling Competition with IIT.

Bring your ideas and your innovations to Boeing, join our team today.


For more information on the Program, reach out to udbhav.sharma@boeing.com