India-US Defence Acceleration Ecosystem
It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to the inaugural workshop of the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) Academic and Startup Programming Partnerships. This workshop marks a significant milestone in our collaborative efforts between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Indian Ministry of Defense. As we gather here today, we are driven by a shared vision: to propel defence-industrial cooperation and ignite the flames of innovation in the realms of technology and manufacturing. At the heart of INDUS-X lies the Academic & Start-up Programming Partnerships, a visionary initiative that unites academic institutions, industries, academic associations, startup enterprises, and governmental organizations. Our collective aim is to forge innovation hubs that will serve as crucibles of sustained ingenuity. Through an array of meticulously planned activities, including workshops, technical exchange visits, and short-term training programs, we are steadfastly working towards this endeavour. This workshop, jointly hosted by the distinguished IIT Kanpur and The Pennsylvania State University, stands as the vanguard of a series of forthcoming initiatives. Its primary objective is to pave the way for bilateral programs within academic institutions, each meticulously designed to nurture defence innovations and startup ventures. Throughout the course of this workshop, we will shine a spotlight on existing innovation ecosystems, pinpoint opportunities for bilateral collaboration in cutting-edge domains such as AI, space technology, and cybersecurity, and formulate novel programs that serve as conduits for translating academic innovation into tangible defence systems.