T-Hub, Boeing pick three startups for ‘Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge’

Winners HUVIAiR, Merxius and ZestIoT are working on emerging business models in Extended Reality, unmanned aircraft technology and IoT.
T-Hub, Boeing pick three startups for ‘Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge’
T-Hub, Boeing pick three startups for ‘Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge’
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T-Hub and Boeing held the ‘Demo Day’ of the Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge, held at Boeing’s India Engineering & Technology Center (BIETC) in Bengaluru. Three Indian startups – Merxius, HUVIAiR and ZestIoT – joined three teams from BIETC in presenting to prospective investors and customers, as well as government stakeholders.

The Demo Day marks the culmination of a 3-month accelerator program launched in collaboration with T-Hub, a global startup catalyst that powers entrepreneurship. Following a stringent evaluation process, six teams from a competing pool of more than 100 ideas and applications, have won the opportunity to join the cohort.

The ideas presented by the three external finalists range from Extended Reality (XR) applications to the use of Internet of Things (IoT) for aerospace. Merxius develops a product that enables the creation of XR environments to save cost and reduce training time in aerospace manufacturing. HUVIAiR refines custom unmanned aircraft services and software solutions for survey and workflow management. ZestIoT explores solutions that connect the airport and airplane ecosystem using IoT to optimize ground handling at airports and improve on-time performance of airplanes.

Boeing will collaborate with the three external startup teams to help further their businesses. The ideas presented by the Boeing teams are under evaluation as potential future company offerings.

“Innovation can happen anywhere and startups around the world have the potential to bring disruptive capabilities to aerospace markets and drive our industry forward. Boeing HorizonX is proud to partner with and invest in startups to help them mature and scale their products and services and create value for Boeing customers,” Brian Schettler, Managing Director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures said in a statement.

The six shortlisted startups took part in a 3-month accelerator where thirty subject matter experts from Boeing and T-Hub mentored them and exposed them to potential customers, while strengthening their offerings and capability.

Boeing continues to evaluate disruptive startups in India, apart from the Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge finalists, for potential future investments. 

“Never before have corporates and startups collaborated as much as they do now. T- Hub is a key cog that enables this and Boeing has been an instrumental partner of ours that embraces that philosophy Boeing brings a strong legacy of technological breakthroughs, and we are immensely pleased to collaborate with them in exploring the right startup talent to support its innovation goals,” said Jay Krishnan, CEO of T-Hub.

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