iDEX would work with these incubators closely, tracking upcoming Startups/MSMEs and Innovators, and investing in them opportunistically, from the Defence Innovation Fund.

The Defence Innovation Organisation has signed MoUs with five incubators nominated as iDEX Partner Incubators to mentor entrepreneurs and MSMEs to create, deploy and commercialise technologies and products for the Indian military and defence PSUs.
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Maker Village, Kochi

Maker Village is the largest electronic hardware incubator and ESDM facility in the country, which is a pioneering startup initiative of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India with Indian Institute of Information Technology, Trivandrum as the implementation agency and Kerala Startup Mission as the supporting partner. Maker Village is promoting Hardware focussed innovation though setting up labs and dedicated centres that focus on the current trend and emerging disruptive technologies to bring India to the forefront of innovation in these areas.

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a public institute deemed to be a University for research and higher education in science and engineering, located in Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. IISc aims to be among the world’s foremost academic institutions through the pursuit of excellence in research and promotion of innovation by offering world-class education to train future leaders in science and technology and by applying science and technology breakthroughs for India’s wealth creation and social welfare.

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (abbreviated IIT Hyderabad or IITH) is a public engineering and research institution located in Sangareddy district, Telangana, India. IITH is known for its academic strength, research, publications and proximity to IT and industrial hubs. The very foundation of IIT Hyderabad is based on research and innovation. The vibrant research culture is evident from the number of patents and publications that IITH has.

SINE, IIT Mumbai

Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), established in 2004 at IIT Bombay, is among of the earliest incubators in academia with proven track-record of creating economic growth, strategic value and social relevance. Over 140+ startups and 380+ innovators supported by SINE have created 3600+ jobs. SINE is actively participating in many new programs in collaboration with Government, Institutions, Industry and Academia, and serves as a role model for several incubators.

CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad

Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into viable businesses. In partnership with their mentors, corporates, development agencies, IIMA community and investors, CIIE cultivates a rare breed of entrepreneurs by incubating, accelerating, mentoring and funding innovative startups. CIIE has, over the years, played a multi-dimensional role in the entrepreneurial landscape of India through its incubators, accelerators, seed-investments, and publications. Its deep understanding of the evolving gaps, needs, and opportunities in the markets and the entrepreneurial ecosystem has enabled it to design initiatives that have attracted and supported the best entrepreneurs in various

IITM Incubation Cell, IIT Chennai

IITM Incubation Cell (IITMIC) coordinates and leverages the synergies in various strands of excellence driving innovation and entrepreneurship at IIT Madras, consisting of cutting edge research, industrial interactions, India’s first university-driven Research Park and a stellar record of incubation in rural, social and industrial technologies. Registered as a not-for-profit Section 8 Company, IITMIC is recognised as a Technology Business Incubator by Startup India, DIPP and NSTEDB, Dept of Science & Technology, Government of India. IITMIC supports Students, Faculty, staff & Alumni of IIT-Madras and External entrepreneurs (or R&D partners to IITM) in creating successful deep tech startups, disrupting industries & translating benefits to the society at large.

T-Hub, Hyderabad

T-Hub is a unique public/private partnership between the government of Telangana, 3 of India’s premier academic institutes (IIIT-H, ISB & NALSAR) and key private sector leaders. It stands at the intersection of the start-up, academic, corporate, research and government sectors. We are anchoring the entire Hyderabad startup ecosystem with a state-of-the-art 70,000 square foot building called CatalysT, the largest building in India to be entirely dedicated to entrepreneurship.

FORGE, Coimbatore

FORGE, Coimbatore offers holistic incubation services covering innovation labs, incubation grant, product & business acceleration, and seed capital investment to transform innovative hardware products/systems into successful enterprises with potential for growth, impacts and profits. FORGE aims to create a world-class Centre of Excellence for Defence & Aerospace Innovations, bringing advanced technology labs, 360D expert-mentoring, managed product innovation and business acceleration programs.


FITT is an industrial interface organization. It was established at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) as a Registered Society on 9th July 1992. The mission of FITT is to be an effective Interface with the Industry to foster, promote and sustain commercialization of Science and Technology in the Institute for mutual benefits. For over twenty-five years now, FITT has been in a mission mode for effecting the interface between the Institute and the industry and has been devising innovative ways to create partnerships and linkages with business and community to enable knowledge transfer for common good. The team at FITT and academicians from IIT Delhi have been largely responsible for our successful outreach efforts including extensive S&T collaborations.