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 Alumni event held at the Roosevelt House at the U.S. Embassy. We had a wonderful turnout with over 140 entrepreneurs from the previous 14 cohorts as well as representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce and other partners celebrating the impact of the Nexus program.

Finally, ACIR held the second Startups in Defense and Aerospace Workshop in Hyderabad, Telangana with top officials from leading American and Indian manufacturers, as well as from the Telangana government interacting with innovative startups from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. An eventful and rewarding 3 days that really highlighted what a leading role Hyderabad is taking as an innovative center for the Defense and Aerospace industry. Honored to have Consul General Joel Reifman and Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan speak to our startups about the opportunities to be involved in these industries!

Glimpses from the events below:

Graduation Ceremony, Cohort 14.


Nexus Premier Alumni Event, Roosevelt House

Defense and Aerospace Workshop, Hyderabad