Startup India Summit in UAE showcases technological prowess of India’s entrepreneurs

There was considerable excitement among the participants as the first Startup India Summit kickstarted in the United Arab Emirates. It provided a glimpse of some of the technological achievements  of India’s younger generation of entrepreneurs.

Startup India Summit in UAE
The Startup India Summit in UAE evoked tremendous response among the people. Photo courtesy: Twitter

While opening the event, Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE, said, “The programme seeks to provide a shared platform for the startup ecosystem in both India and the UAE for greater collaboration in exchanging ideas and raising funds.”

He added, “Startup India is a flagship programme of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it is our endeavour to promote it in the UAE. India is the third largest ecosystem in the world leading in tech innovation globally while the UAE aims to be the global hub for technology in the future.”

Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE
Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE addressing Startup India Summit. Photo courtesy: Twitter

Speakers emphasised the increasing need for creating a common platform where young and aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging startups as well as already established businesses can pitch their innovative ideas in front of investors and get investment and guidance.

In the programme, about 17 startup companies from India operating in areas ranging from artificial intelligence and financial technology to digi-medicine and healthcare technology through spacecraft and video analytics solutions participated. These startups included Team Indus, Allgo Vision, CloudCherry, Capital Float, Aindra, Locus, Oziom, Faircent, Capillary, Niramai, Fyle, Tone Tag, Tricog, Posist and Kred X.

A Bengaluru based startup, TeamIndus, has an ambitious mission to land the first Indian on the moon in 10 to 12 years.

Rahul Narayan, co-founder of TeamIndus, said, “Challenging, but possible. If everything goes as we have planned, we can have our first astronaut on the moon as early as 2027 or by 2030.”

Vipul, Consul-General of India in Dubai said, “India's startup ecosystem could be the main springboard to propel the country to a new growth trajectory which would better position it to achieve its goal of emerging as a USD10 trillion economy by 2030.”

Bindu Suresh Chettur, president, Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC), said, “We are committed to hosting investment platforms where we will bring all major private equity players and venture capitalists from the region. Through such investment platforms, the IBPC seeks to be partners of first choice for Indian startups in exploring access to both seed capital and growth capital.”

Participants attending the Startup India Summit.
Participants attending the Startup India Summit. Photo courtesy: Twitter

The organisers of the event were The Indian Embassy, Consulate-General of India in Dubai, Abu Dhabi Global Market and IBPC.

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Ashraf Jamal
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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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