iDex-DIO to organise DefConnect 2.0 in New Delhi on April 22

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New Delhi: Innovations for Defence Excellence, Defence Innovation Organisation (iDEX-DIO), under the aegis of the Department of Defence Production (DDP), the Ministry of Defence is organising tomorrow DefConnect 2.0 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The DefConnect 2.0 is part of the strategy of connecting regularly with the start-ups and the multifarious stakeholders.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the event.

According to the MoD, the event is likely to attract a large number of innovators and investors from India's leading industries in the defence sector.

It will include sessions with stalwarts of the industry, various announcements and static exhibitions of an array of start-ups supported by iDEX-DIO. The event will bring together start-ups, corporates and military representatives to ascertain the indigenous innovations leading us into a bright future.

The DefConnect will provide a unique opportunity for innovators associated with iDEX-DIO to showcase their capabilities, products and state-of-the-art technologies to the target audience of the industry leaders.

The start-ups get to leverage this opportunity to generate investments and leads for future operations. This will be a unique opportunity to meet iDEX start-ups and understand their innovative technologies being developed with requisite support from iDEX and the associated partners.

Platforms like the iDEX enable the military to find disruptive solutions to complex challenges through its flagship programmes like Defence India Startup Challenges (DISC) and Open Challenges (OC) which shall be the key components for the future of military technology. Till date, iDEX has launched five rounds of DISC and three rounds of OC, receiving more than 2,000 applications from individual innovators and start-ups. Furthermore, iDEX has been able to fund projects in numerous technological areas through its Grant-in-Aid framework, Support for Prototype and Research Kickstart (SPARK), which entail provisioning of grant up to Rs 1.50 crore to budding entrepreneurs.

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