FORGE, Coimbatore nominated among the 5 Partner Incubators for the iDEX program launched by Dept of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, GoI

"Development of India's defence industry is a key
element of the Make in India initiative!"

The Ministry of Defence aims to create an ecosystem which fosters innovation and encourages technology development in Defence by engaging start-ups, MSMEs and even individual innovators.

The Defence India Startup Challenge is an initiative by Defence Innovation Organization (under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India), in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, aimed at supporting innovators to create prototypes and/or commercialize products/solutions based on advanced technologies in areas of national security through an equity linked grant-based mechanism.

iDEX launch film @Inaugural Ceremony by PMO India

DISC Challenges

Defence India Startup Challenge, a package of initiatives

DISC Challenges

DISC Meetups [Outreach & Sensitization]

Achieving success and realising the vision of iDEX requires the bringing together of stakeholders including industry, MSMEs, startups, innovators, researchers, technology providers, research labs, and academia. In FORGE we take pride in being given the opportunity to galvanise the key players in the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai-Trichy-Kochi-Coimbatore industrial corridor towards creating a vibrant defence innovation ecosystem.

Individuals that missed to meet-up during the outreach programs shall express their interest to collaborate

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FORGE as a partner incubator


During the first 9 months from Oct'18 to Jun'19, we aim to build proof for the execution / implementation success of the open defence innovation program and identifying bigger opportunities that may emerge.


During the next 12 months from Ju'19 to Jun'20, we aim to expand across the core areas proven in the exploration phase and exploiting emergent opportunities in the exploration phase.


Beyond Apr'20, we aim to establish a world-class Centre of Excellence for Defence Innovations covering advanced innovation labs, multiple theme/domain focused incubation/acceleration programs, alliances with the global defence tech/startup ecosystem, an independent seed fund for offering post-grant funding etc

FORGE Advantage

  • Comprehensive Industrial Grade Rapid Prototyping Lab with equipment, resources, tech support and extended base of experts to fast-track industrial/defence grade prototype design, development and testing, covering Electronics Design-Test-Measurement, IoT, AI+ML Computing, Robotics & Automation, AR/VR, Drones, CAD & Industrial Product Design, 3D Printing & Digital Fabrication etc.,

  • Full-stack managed innovation-incubation-acceleration program capacity with strong expertise in the areas of technology, industrial design, hardware manufacturing, product management, business strategy, business & enterprise operations, financial planning, enterprise financing etc.,

  • Locational Advantages of Coimbatore being at the geo-centre of the Mysore - Bangalore - Chennai - Trichy - Kochi industrial corridor

  • Comprehensive Incubation Stack with 360D Mentoring & Consulting services covering 12 fundamental tracks of building high-growth tech enterprises, based on the proprietary Minimum Viable Business (MVB) framework created by FORGE

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