Erik Azulay invited to the DefConnect 2.0!

ACIR President Erik Azulay spoke at iDEX’s DefConnect 2.0 summit on April 22nd alongside such leaders such as Steve Blank, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Amitabh Kant from Niti Aayog and CEO Bill Blair of Lockheed Martin. The event was held at the prestigious Vigyan Bhawan and the theme was transforming India’s Defense Innovation.  Erik […]

Wrapping Up 2021!

What an amazing month December has been for ACIR! First our first physical graduation ceremony in two years, with the Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Patricia A. Lacina, announcing the winners of the Nexus Development Grant. With this graduation, ACIR has now successfully run 14 cohorts and graduated over 170 startups! Next was our first ever Nexus […]

The White House recognises ACIR run Nexus Program

Very proud to be highlighted in the White House Briefing on US-India initiatives making a difference. The Nexus program continues to bring U.S. best practices in entrepreneurship to Indian startups. In the last 4 years since its founding, ACIR’s Nexus program has graduated 13 cohorts of 153 Indian startups, who have gone on to raise […]

ACIR awarded the Nexus 2.0 contract

After running the Nexus program for over 18 months and overseeing its successful transition to an online program during the COVID pandemic, ACIR has been awarded the Nexus contract until April of 2023. Under Nexus 2.0, ACIR will continue the American Center based Nexus pre-incubation program, conduct industry workshops connecting U.S. companies and Indian startups, […]

Erik Azulay asked to continue to run Nexus program

ACIR has been awarded a Department of State contract to continue to run the Nexus Startup up hub at the American Center in New Delhi, India.  Erik Azulay, director of ACIR, said that “Since its founding in 2017, I have been privileged to work alongside the American Center staff in bringing the best practices of the […]

ACIR contract renewed with the Ministry of Education and Science in Kazakhstan

The Ministry of Education and Science renewed its contract with ACIR to oversee the “Fostering Productive Innovation and Prosperity” program, financed by the World Bank.  The $110 million dollar program promotes and develops commercial innovations in Kazakhstan by providing grants to entrepreneurs and start-ups seeking to improve the quality of people’s lives. To promote high-quality, nationally […]

Startup Defense Conference at Hyderabad, a great success!

ACIR collaborated with the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad to organize a two day workshop that brought together the top entrepreneurs, corporate leaders from the defense industry and government officials to demonstrate how start-ups and their technologies can bring innovation to the defense sector and further strengthen U.S.-India collaboration in defense manufacturing. In the two-day […]

ACIR receives extension of Nexus Incubator Program through 2020

ACIR was awarded a 7 month contract extension to run the Nexus startup hub and incubation program based at the American Center in New Delhi. Nexus serves as a central hub for entrepreneurs, innovators, mentors, government agencies, industry players and funding organizations to promote Indian startups, to showcase best practices of American and Indian entrepreneurship, and to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The Nexus […]