AATWRI Aerospace Private Limited, a start-up incubated at Atal Incubation Centre-Sikkim Manipal University Technology Business Incubator (AIC-SMUTBI) won the Defence India Start-up Challenge (DISC-4) organised by Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
The AATWRI team received a grant of Rs 1.5 crore from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in an award ceremony during the AeroIndia show held at Bangalore on February 5, 2021.
AATWRI received this award for developing the ‘Computer Generated Target for Virtual Training.’
The fourth edition of the Defence India Start-up Challenge was launched by Rajnath Singh on September 29, 2020, inviting Indian Start-ups, MSMEs and Technology/Researcher professionals to innovate for Indian Defence.
The Defence India Start-up Challenge was launched under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence. It aims to foster a Defence Innovation Ecosystem for the Indian military to co-create technologically-advanced solutions rapidly by harnessing the power of entrepreneurial innovation and venture capital.
The prototype will be built within a year and will be considered for deployment after mandated testing and certification requirements. The AATWRI team, which has been mentored by Professor (Dr) Tej Chingtham, CEO, AIC-SMUTBI, has expressed its gratitude to AIC-SMUTBI for the support extended to them for making this journey possible.
This is also a rare feat as start-ups working in the Northeast were unable to achieve such recognition at the national level.
AIC-SMUTBI is the first Atal Incubation Centre of Northeast and is hosted inside the campus of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT) under Sikkim Manipal University (SMU). It is fully supported by AIM, NITI AAYOG. It currently has 38 start-ups on its portfolio working in various domains.