The Defence and Aerospace Workshop (DAW 2021) was designed to support ambitious and innovative young entrepreneurs hailing from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha by enabling them to transform their business venture into a sustainable enterprise and connect with the leading American and Indian corporates operating in the Defence and Aerospace Industry. The program enhanced the entrepreneurial and managerial skills of these entrepreneurs leading early-stage ventures.
The three-day workshop was held from 9th to 11th December 2021 in Hyderabad for 25 entrepreneurs, with a focus on startups led by women and youth (under 35).
The curriculum was designed to equip the participants to enter this challenging industry, grow their business, and attract outside funding. Besides the business training, the program provided peer-to-peer learning, collaboration opportunities, mentor-mentee connections, and networking among the participants, all in a supportive atmosphere run by the premier startup incubator in India.
The DAW 2021 was conducted by ACIR in partnership with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, and Nexus.