Ankit Mehta is the Co-founder and CEO of ideaForge Technology, a next-generation drone systems company that manufactures advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Defence and Geospatial applications. Ankit joined IIT Bombay in the year 2000, to pursue a Dual Degree (B.Tech. and M.Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Computer-Aided Design and Automation. As a student at IITB, he implemented over 20 hardware projects, 6-7 of them originating from his own ideas; with a select few being handpicked for patenting. Ankit founded ideaForge straight out of college in 2007. He initially worked for six months at a sales & marketing consulting firm in Pune, before founding the organization, to earn enough to sustain. For him, starting a hardware technology company was the most natural move, as it was something he always wanted to do.

Ankit is currently playing a prominent role in defining & standardizing the UAV regulations in India, providing neutral policy suggestions to positively impact the entire industry. He is the Co-chair – FICCI Committee of Drones

He was listed as one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 in India and on a separate occasion, was invited along with 200 other CEOs, to discuss the future growth of India, with the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi.