Author: Celine Delacharlerie

The Government Is The New Startup In India

One seldom associates the terms ‘innovation’ and ‘disruption’ with the government of a country. However, the government has taken on the role of a startup in India. The platform responsible for the greatest degree of market disruption is a project backed by the Indian government named the India Stack. The Government as a Startup in India : An Overview of the India Stack The India Stack is a set of open APIs made of different layers. They are named the Presence-less, Paperless and Cashless Layers. It began as a collaborative project between iSPIRT (Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable) and...

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Corporate Innovation: No One Size Fits All

Companies are not waiting to be disrupted by startups, leading to the push of corporate innovation. 68 of the world’s largest companies on the Forbes Global 500 List have interacted with startups with in the form of hackathons, accelerators, partnerships and venture funds. Our analysis of a dozen recent initiatives, including The Coca-Cola Founders accelerator, GE Garages events and Swire Properties’ coworking space BluePrint, has demonstrated that success depends on various aspects. These include tailoring programs to suit objectives, getting top management buy-ins, getting aid from experienced partners and maintaining openness of the company. According to a study from...

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After the E-Commerce Hype, Indian Startups are Ready to Solve Real Issues

In 2016, I visited India thrice to attend conferences in Bangalore, the heart of technology in the country. SURGE, TechSparks and NASSCOM Product Conclave are the main tech conferences in the country. They bring together enthusiastic entrepreneurs, leading startups, corporates, journalists and other key innovation players to share insights. I was impressed by the size and the dynamism of the ecosystem. With 4,750 startups, India has the third largest ecosystem behind Silicon Valley and the United Kingdom. However, I was disappointed to see that most Indian startups had entered e-commerce. To me, technology had more to offer than just helping people spend money online. The...

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We’ll be at NASSCOM Product Conclave in Bengaluru to gain insights on the opportunities and challenges in India

After spending one week in Bengaluru for TechSparks 2016 and meeting diverse key players of the startup ecosystem two weeks ago, we’ll be back in India again for the NASSCOM Product Conclave on 26-27th of October!   We’ve been delighted during our last visit by the openness,  energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs, accelerators, mentors or even corporates to make the ecosystem grow and India stand out on the global tech scene. Bengaluru has 4,000 active startups. They have raised a total of over one billion dollars in the last two years, making the city the second largest tech hub in the world.  But...

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Meet us at TechSparks in Bengaluru next week while we explore the Indian innovation ecosystem!

After attending Surge earlier this year, we’ll head again to Bengaluru, India, for another important tech event in the country: TechSparks, organized by the tech media YourStory on the 30th of September and 1st of October. Once again, we are very excited to meet lots of startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and get inspired by what gamechangers have to offer in such a key market in the region. Indian startups have in the last years attracted the attention of investors, corporates or the GAFA with a peak of investment in 2015 of over 5 billion USD.  The startup ecosystem in India...

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