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The Hague Business Agency To Sign MOU at BIT2020 that will enable some 50 Indian tech start-ups to take their technology to Europe

Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwatha Narayana said government will review all existing partnership agreement to make proactive steps for better engagement with startups

Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Tech Summit-2020 (BTS-2020) which will be held from November 19-21, would provide a platform for about 50 startups of India to expand to the Europian market and the Karnataka would ink 12 MoUs with partner countries of Global Innovation Alliance (GIA), said Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T C N Ashwatha Narayana.

Speaking at an event organised by the IT& BT department as part of BIT2020, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T C N Ashwatha Narayana stated in presence of representatives of several countries of GIA that the government will support those who are very keen to showcase their developments in the upcoming event.

“The Hague Business Agency will launch a “Digital Soft-Landing” programme for Indian start-ups, during this year’s BTS. This programme will enable some 50 Indian tech start-ups to take their technology to Europe. Holland is the gateway to Europe for goods and services, and for technology as well,” said Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T C N Ashwatha Narayana.

In addition to this, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T C N Ashwatha Narayana said two MoU’s will be signed in the areas of cybersecurity and agri-tech, where both sides will be working together on mentorship, honing skills, start-ups, and research and development.

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“There has been a prominent response from the sectors of AI, cybersecurity, health care, 5G, robotics, machine learning, space, agri-tech, defence technology, More than 25 countries, 15 GIA sessions, 10 minister-level delegates, 60+ GIA speakers, 500+ international delegates will be witness to this flagship event, he informed,” said Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T C N Ashwatha Narayana.

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Electronics, IT, BT, and S&T C N Ashwatha Narayana also released GIA brochure at the event on the partnership with various countries.

Speaking at the event, IT, BT and S&T Additional Chief Secretary E V Ramana Reddy, Department of Electronics said GIA like international collaboration is absolutely necessary to solve the challenges worldwide, including the current COVID-19 pandemic we are facing.

“We are thankful to all GIA countries for their commitment towards bringing innovation along with Karnataka, which has third-largest innovation ecosystem in the world,” said IT, BT and S&T Additional Chief Secretary E V Ramana Reddy.

Besides Australia’s High Commissioner to India Jette Bjerrum Barry O’Farrell, the event also witnessed participation of Consul General of Denmark in Bengaluru Ms. Jette Bjerrum, Consul General of France in Bengaluru Dr Marjorie Vanbaelinghem, Consul General of Germany in Bengaluru Achim Burkart, Consul General of Israel to South India Jonathan Zadka, Consul General of The Netherlands for Southern India Gert Heijkoop, Embassy of Sweden in India Counsellor Innovation and Science Dr Fanny von Heland, Consul General of Switzerland in Bengaluru Sebastien Hug, UK Deputy High Commissioner in Bengaluru Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford and Consul General of Japan in Bengaluru Katsumasa Maruo spoke at the event.

Karanataka Innovative & Technological Society (KITS) Director Meena Nagara expressed happiness over the overwhelming support of GAI countries and said Karnataka will work with them closely for coming up with more innovative solutions for better society.

Expanding partnership

12 MoUs to be inked1) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Aerospace & Defence and SupAero, France2) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Agri-Innovation World Startup Factory, The Netherlands3) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for AVGC and Department of International Trade, UK4) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Agri-Innovation Startup Nation Central, Israel5) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Cybersecurity and Hague Security Deta, The Netherlands6) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Data Sciences and AI and  Mila Research Institute,Canada7) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Data Sciences and AI and Business Finland8) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Data Sciences and AI and UK Deputy High Commission in Bengaluru9) Karnataka Centre of Excellence for the Internet of Things and MINC (The Startup House of Malmo), Sweden10) Machine Intelligence and Robotics Center (MINRO) at IIIT-B and Hassoplatner Institute, Potsdam University, Germany11) Our Semiconductor Fabless Accelerator Lab (SFAL) and UTEC – The University of Tokyo Edge Capital, Japan12) MoU between our state and State of Indiana, USA for Electric Vehicles, Lifesciences, ICT and education cooperation.

Expressing happiness over the participation at BTS 2020, Australian High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell AO said India and Australia relation have reached at a matured level at this pint of time and the country is happy to participate at the annual tech event of India happening at Bengaluru.

“Australia is a nation of inventors, responsible for the black box, Wifi and technology behind GoogleMaps. our nations are forging new bonds across cyber, emerging technology, critical minerals, and space. Karnataka is crucial to this growing partnership,” said ustralian High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell AO.

Showring praise on the innvation ecosystem in Bengaluru, Consul General of Switzerland in Bengaluru Sebastien Hug said Switzerland is happy to participate at BIT202.

“Bengaluru Tech Summit” is an excellent bridge to connect Karnataka and other leading innovation hotspots. We will be showing that Switzerland is more than Cheese and Chocolate and is driving world-leading innovation in the food and nutrition sector,” said Consul General of Switzerland in Bengaluru Sebastien Hug.

Opening EU market

Speaking to NFAPost, Consul General of the Netherlands to South India Gert Heijkoop said the state of Karnataka is a valuable partner for the Netherlands in India in a number of fields, all of them related to hi-tech.

“The Bangalore Tech Summit is the perfect platform to bring  the strategic ties between our two countries to an even higher level. The Hague Business Agency will launch a digital soft-landing program for Indian start-ups, during this year’s BTS,” said Consul General of the Netherlands to South India Gert Heijkoop.

Consul General of the Netherlands to South India Gert Heijkoop also pointed out that the Hague Business Agency programme will enable some 50 Indian tech start-ups to take their technology to Europe.

“Holland is the gateway to Europe for goods and services, and for technology as well.  In addition to this, two MoU’s will be signed in the areas of cyber security and agri-tech, where both sides will be working together on mentorship, honing skills, start-ups, and R&D.  Karnataka and the Netherlands have a lot to offer to each other, and every new BTS brings our cooperation to a higher level,” said Consul General of the Netherlands to South India Gert Heijkoop

In addition “Digital Soft Landing”, two MoU’s will be signed in the areas of cybersecurity and Agri-tech, where both sides will be working together on mentorship, honing skills, start-ups, and R&D. Karnataka and the Netherlands have a lot to offer to each other, and every new BTS brings our cooperation to a higher level._ Gert Heijkoop, Consul General of The Netherlands for Southern India.

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