What is Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development?

Boeing is partnering with incubators across India to engage with innovators such as you and help you get the necessary knowledge and expertise to refine your ideas and develop your investor pitches.

The objective of the Program is:

To provide structured program to students & early stage start-ups on ideation and converting idea into a business proposition
Get exposed to new ideas, disruptive innovation that is happening in Indian technology and start-up ecosystem and explore further collaboration

Boeing and its partners bring you an opportunity to:

Learn in a structured environment

Receive coaching by incubators
Get exposed to the ecosystem

Practice building ideas into business propositions

Use industry proven tools
Practice essential skills

Share what you learn

Network with your peers and ecosystem
Interact with entrepreneurship experts

Do you have a cool idea, want to check if it has business potential and develop your investor pitch?

Is your idea related to one of these themes?


Autonomous Vehicles

Advanced Manufacturing

Internet of Things

Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality

Analytics (Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning)



Are you out of college and have a start-up that is in ideation stage (no funding or customers)?


Simply click this link, select your relevant region (where you study or work), fill out the template and hit submit! We are looking for problem solvers and teams that are interested to learn!

Are you a student who has completed the first two years of college?

Program Timeline

Does your team and your idea qualify?

Select your region and submit a simple application
By June 10
(application deadline has been extended till June 17)

Compete - Problem solving focus will get you chosen, not ideas alone!

Top teams selected for Boot-Camp
By mid June


Top teams get tickets to pitch to Boeing at the Innovation Day

Do the work on and off campus: Apply what you learn, improve your ideas and create a Pitch, talk to your mentors
June / July

Boot-camp over 1-2 weeks on campus to learn and interact
In June



$10,000 to each top team


  1. What should we choose as our region?
    Answer: If you are a student, choose the region in which your college is located. If your team has students from more than one college in more than one region, please choose a region where most of your team goes to college.If you are a start-up, choose the region where you live and work. 

  2. We are not sure our idea fits into one of the BUILD themes. Should we still apply?
    Answer: Yes! We encourage you to apply. Applying is simple and we are looking for teams that are passionate about solving real life problems. Those problems can be solved in innovative ways that may be related to one of our themes.

  3. What are you looking for in our application?
    Answer: We are interested in two things – What problem are you trying to solve and how? Why should we work with your team?We will process a large number of applications and so here are some tips that will make your application stand out: respect word limits, be clear and concise, dispense with marketing speak and instead sell us on how well you understand the problem, tell us one or two things that make your team members stand out and demonstrate passion. Don’t worry about how unique your idea is – we are interested more in your approach to solving a problem and are open to working with teams who are trying to solve the same problem or develop the same idea.

  4. Can we include links with our application?
    Answer: Sure. Links to videos or demo websites are welcome. But please don’t link to a website just to get more space to answer the questions – this may count against you.

  5. Is there any course fee?
    Answer: No. Application is free of cost and there is no fee that will be charged for the BUILD course work. We will arrange for limited travel for teams selected for the workshop but you may have to pay for day to day expenses.

  6. We are a startup but are not sure if we qualify for applying. Should we apply?
    Answer: We are looking to work with pre-seed / early-stage startups to develop their business skills. Typically such startups are in conceptual stage, have no funding, no revenue, no Minimum Viable Product (or only the outlines of one) and not much customer validation.

  7. If selected, what can I expect in terms of help for my team or startup?
    Answer: If your team is selected, we offer learning opportunities and a chance to connect with experienced professionals in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. We will give you learning resources to help you refine your business proposition and sharpen your investor pitches. We offer a chance for you to compete with your peers. We don’t offer a guaranteed number of winners nationally and we don’t offer any funding. However, if your team is good enough, you will have a chance to win US$10,000 in prize money that you are free to use as your team decides.

  8. What is my time commitment for BUILD?
    Answer: The boot-camp will run for around 1 week (exact details may vary by region). You are expected to attend the full duration of the boot-camp in person. At the end of the boot-camp you will be invited to deliver your pitch to a jury in a process that may require a full day on-campus.If selected, some lucky teams will travel to Bangalore for one day in September to participate in Boeing Innovation Day at the Boeing campus in Bangalore. Beyond this, we expect that you will work on refining your pitches in your own time to compete effectively against your peers.

  9. We have more than one idea. Can we submit more than one application?
    Answer: No. We are looking to work with you, the team, and not on the idea itself. Submitting more than one application will not help you.

  10. Will I get a chance to work at Boeing or at our partner Incubators?
    Answer: No – BUILD is not associated with recruitment at Boeing or at any of our partners. However, BUILD offers you a chance to build your network and showcase you and your team’s passion, enthusiasm and business acumen.

  11. Are there more specific dates available for the events?
    Answer: Some of the dates will be specified as we get closer to the milestones. Refer to the timeline for the latest information.

  12. We have a great idea but are not technical. Can we still apply?
    Answer: Of course! We are looking to work with a diverse range of teams. But we do look for how well your team’s qualifications fit your idea.