India has made exponential strides in cultivating an enthusiastic spirit of entrepreneurship amongst its population, especially in its youth. As an active stakeholder in the country’s dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem, Boeing has been driving innovation that has the potential to transform the world. The company is tapping into a wealth of transformative ideas by nurturing innovation and skill development and offering further impetus to India’s burgeoning start-up ecosystem.
To drive this vision, Boeing is partnering with IIT Gandhinagar Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IIEC) to implement the Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) program in 2022.
The Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) program is a unique innovation, leadership, and talent development program launched by the Boeing company in India. The program is designed and curated for freshly-graduated students and budding entrepreneurs. They wish to engage with innovators and equip them with the necessary knowledge and expertise to refine startup ideas and develop investor pitches.
Boeing encourages graduating students or those who graduated in 2022 and early-stage start-ups/entrepreneurs across the country to apply for BUILD. Additionally, Boeing and its partners bring you an opportunity to participate in the program and Compete with peers for a chance to travel to a Boeing site, present your innovative idea to an eminent jury, and win ₹10 lakh worth in prize money.
If you are a student graduating this year, choose the region in which your college is located. If your team has a group of graduating 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.
Yes! We encourage you to apply. Applying is simple and we are looking for teams that are passionate about solving real life problems. Problems that can be solved in innovative ways that may be related to one of our themes.
We are interested in two things – What problem are you trying to solve and how? Why should we work with your team?
Since we will process a large number of applications here are some tips to make your application stand out: respect word limits, be clear and concise, dispense with marketing speak and instead sell how well you understand the problem, tell us why you picked this problem, tell us what needs to be done to solve the problem, tell us one or two things that make your team members stand out and tell us what motivates you to solve the problem.
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.
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.
No. Application is free of cost and there are no fees 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.
We are looking to work with pre-seed / early-stage startups to develop their business skills. Typically, such startups are in conceptual stage and have no funding, no revenue, no Minimum Viable Product (or only the outlines of one) and not much customer validation.
If your team is selected, we offer learning opportunities and a chance to connect with experienced professionals in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. We will provide you with 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 INR 10,00,000 in prize money that you are free to use as your team decides.
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 teams will travel to Bangalore for two-day immersion program at the Boeing Campus. You will also travel to Bangalore for one day to participate in Boeing Innovation Day for the final pitch competition 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.
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.
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.
Some of the dates will be specified as we get closer to the milestones. Refer to the timeline for the latest information.
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.