About Boeing HorizonX
By leveraging the power of the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing HorizonX applies its momentum to new business ventures to unlock the next generation of game-changing ideas, products, and markets. From investment capital to technology commercialization and market access, Boeing HorizonX turns new ideas and businesses into reality.
The Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge 1.0
Launched in November 2017, the Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge 1.0 will energize aerospace innovation in India. The challenge, in collaboration with India's fastest growing startup T-Hub, invited the best Indian startups to propose solutions for complex challenges in the areas of:
India Innovation Challenge 1.0: The Journey so far
The Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge 1.0 has six finalists for the current edition. After evaluating submissions from over 100 Indian startups, 13 disruptive ideas were shortlisted for a competitive pitch. The finalists participated in a 3-month accelerator program at T-Hub, Hyderabad, where they were mentored by Boeing subject matter experts, investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts to shape and refine their ideas.
Along with three teams from Boeing India Engineering and Technology center (BIETC), the final startups to emerge from the challenge are:
Category: Extended Reality for aerospace
The idea: Merxius has developed a product that enables the creation of extended reality environments that can help save costs and reduce training times in aerospace manufacturing. Imagine a Wordpress like system for creating XR environments. World’s first Extended Reality (XR) authoring software for non-coders. Imagine Wordpress for XR!
Category: Drones and Data Applications
The idea: HUVIAiR, provides custom unmanned aircraft services and software solutions for surveying and workflow management
Category: Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)
The idea: ZestIoT, specializes in connecting the airport and airplane ecosystem using Internet of Things to optimize ground handling at airports and improve on-time performance of airplanes.
The Internal Challenge: Innovating beyond the regular
What sets the competition apart is the internal innovation component as well. Innovators from BIETC also participated in the challenge and the final 90-day accelerator. The internal component of the challenge is part of Boeing’s efforts in India to build a culture that promotes innovation and disruptive thinking in the Indian aerospace ecosystem. The three internal teams from BIETC were encouraged to innovate beyond their regular tasks and the ideas presented by the internal teams are under evaluation as potential future offerings for Boeing.
The Future Roadmap
Boeing is currently in discussions with the winning startups and evaluating possible investments in their ideas. Boeing will also continue to mentor the startups and provide them opportunities to connect to other potential investors and expand their business with customers.
Boeing continues to evaluate disruptive startups in India, for potential investments in the future.
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