BEL, HAL & BEML Organise a Seminar on ‘Role of Start-ups in Defence’
BEL, HAL & BEML Organise a Seminar on Role of Start-ups in Defence

A one-day national level event was organised by BEL in association with HAL and BEML, Bengaluru, on 9 January 2017, at the BEL Officers’ Club, Jalahalli, premises. The objective of the programme was to provide a platform for defence PSUs and start-ups to showcase mutual capabilities, create awareness on avenues and opportunities and to facilitate interaction with each other to help identify areas of partnerships in manufacturing as well other areas like design, development and services.

The seminar stressed on the fact that Indian DPSUs, BEL and HAL, are increasingly looking at Indian start-ups for small, low-cost military grade innovations to minimise imports to achieve self-reliance and indigenisation. DPSUs need ideas that can become workable military devices at the earliest and start-ups in defence electronics or aerospace must brave stringent quality and reliability standards and upgrade constantly to stay in the race. BEML brought out the point that opportunities exist for start-ups even in the form of reducing the weight of the trucks so that they can carry more equipment or help them to monitor the tyre condition better.

In addition to the start-up companies from across India, the seminar was attended by officials from Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, Incubation Cells, academicians, members of industry associations like NASSCOM, IESA, ELCINA and officials from BEL, HAL and BEML. Various policies of the Government of Karnataka for start-ups, registration procedure, areas of interest, funding by Government of Karnataka, the way forward, etc were highlighted in the presentations.

As many as 72 participants representing around 40 start-up enterprises from across India and around 60 officials of BEL, HAL and BEML attended the programme. Some of start-ups who made presentations during the seminar include Tantragyan Solutions, Signal Chip Innovations (P) Ltd., Crion Technologies, Zumi Solutions (P) Ltd., Lekha Wireless Technologies, ProInn Consuyltancy, Open Invention Network, Asmaitha Wireless Technologies Ltd., Elseq Technologies of Bengaluru and Trinity Simulations (Pune) & Aarjay International and MEL Systems (Chennai).


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