About the Innovation and Startup Desk in Mumbai

Intro about the Desk, its mission and activities

Innovation desk in general is an initiative by ICE aka Italian trade agency for assisting the highly innovative Italian startups in expanding its business in domestic and offshore markets.

The placement of the innovation desks is in accordance with the importance of the cities and its close vicinity to the foreign investors for attracting investments towards the Italian startups. Apart from attracting investments; the innovation desks are involved in other innovative activities towards attracting Italian investment in the host countries for most happening initiatives by the country’s respective governments.

The major sectors of focus for Innovation desk Mumbai are:

1. Indian Startup Ecosystem

2. Italian Startup Ecosystem

3. Smart Cities India

4. Open Innovation extending to Frugal Innovation

5. Research Institutes in India & Italy for Research Co‐operation


Nov 2017: After a two-month-long grueling contest, ELEVATE 100, India’s first comprehensive entrepreneurship platform reached a crescendo with Government of Karnataka earmarking Rs 20.03 crore to fund startups that were selected.

The final list of Elevate100 startups covers the entire gamut of the startup ecosystem in Karnataka. In all, 38 IT/ITES startups were sanctioned a grant of Rs 5.50 crore, 27 medtech startups were sanctioned Rs 4.30 crore, 17 electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) startups were allotted Rs 3.6 crore, 12 biotech startups got Rs 2.80 crore, Rs 1.33 crore was earmarked for six animation, visual effects, gaming and comic (AVGC) startups, four Agriculture startups were sanctioned Rs 1 crore, Rs 40 lakh for three cleantech startups and four startups working in the field of aerospace & aviation were sanctioned Rs 1.10 crore.

Karnataka IT Minister - Priyank Kharge

“Ideas transform cultures and ecosystems, and it's incredible to be a part of that,” said Priyank Kharge, Karnataka Minister for IT, BT & Tourism.

“The efforts of Karnataka government don’t stop at elevating these chosen 100. We see ELEVATE 100 as a continuing process, where the best ideas from the State get the support and guidance they deserve,” the minister said.

“The incredible journey of Elevate100 through the length and breadth of the State also changed my perspective on the quality of talent we have here. Even the smallest lanes of an interior town in Karnataka has something to offer which can truly change the world. Elevate100 shines light on our incredible social capital,” Kharge said.

ELEVATE 100 programme, an initiative of the Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka, traversed the length and breadth of the state in a rigorous hunt to pick the top 100 startups and help them turn their ideas into successful businesses. The pitching sessions were held in Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Hubballi and Bengaluru, where around 1,700 startups pitched to elevate their ideas to successful ventures. The initiative also attracted 350 women entrepreneurs and 400 applicants from the rural areas. The selected startups will have access to Karnataka government’s Rs 400 crore startup fund besides access to government VC funds, pilots, private VC funds, accelerators and mentors.

With eight MoUs inked by Karnataka government on the sidelines of the ‘Elevate 100 Conference’ in Bengaluru on August 30, the selected 111 startups will receive additional support and assistance from a host of private players.

While Google will provide $3,000 worth of cloud credits for startups registered with Startup Cell, PricewaterhouseCoopers will provide mentorship and consulting services for sustainable growth of registered startups. YES Bank will offer banking services, API integration and customised solutions, and Kotak Bank will help startups set up business by providing assistance in registration processes, accounting, income tax returns, GST returns and tax audits among other support. TiE, Assocham and 3M will mentor startups in different areas and Growth Enabler will help in profiling the startups for provide greater visibility on digital space.

Amazon Activate will provide $3000 worth of cloud credits for startups registered with Startup Cell and Indian Law Practices will provide legal consultancy services for the identified startups. Digital Ocean will also provide a $100 one-time credit for all startups registered with Startup Cell and a $1,000 one-time credit for startups that are being funded under Karnataka Startup Cell. Zoho will provide the startups 35+ integrated applications on one account with complete administrative control and complementary mobile apps.

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