Now technology start-ups from Mumbai can get a boost as National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has launched Techcircle.in here, an online forum where investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs can network in the city.
This initiative was announced at an event which was held in a city hotel on Wednesday and had entrepreneurs and investors in attendance.
International hubs for start-ups like New York, London, Berlin already have similar platforms for networking.
According to economic survey released earlier this year, there are over 4,200 technology start-ups in the country, putting India among the top three nations in terms the number of technology start-ups.
The online tech hangout platform was first launched in Bangalore last year, followed by Delhi. The platform serves as a centralised hub for India’s tech ecosystem, providing information and resources to help turn ideas into businesses, deliver valuable tools for tech start-ups, and connect citizen entrepreneurs to opportunities in the tech ecosystem.
According to the organisers, the programme looks at diversifying the tech start-up ecosystem within the city where market leaders in the technology space will not only support start-ups but will also connect with them through the platform. The platform will also offer a pioneering search engine and a database which will profile virtually every city-based tech company and investor, a continuously updated list of tech and start-up job openings, a citywide tech event and class calendar, an interactive map of tech companies, start-up resources across the boroughs, and additional features that combine to create a comprehensive one-stop shop for everything start-up.
Rajat Tandon, vice president, Nasscom 10,000 Startups, said, “With the launch of Techcircle.in in Mumbai, we continue to build upon the momentum of digital penetration in the country. The overwhelming response and success of the Delhi and Bangalore platforms inspired us to bring the same for the aspiring entrepreneurs in Mumbai”.
Sandy Carter, general manager, developer ecosystem and startups, IBM, whose company is backing the project, said that the start-ups can come from any field but data is the key.
“Start-ups have come where someone has created special tooth brush, which through its specially built sensors can clean the brush and at the same time give out data, which can then be used by the toothpaste companies.
Similarly, a speed measuring device which can be kept in the driver’s pocket will help in bringing down the health premium of the driver. The scope is endless with data.”