To maintain its leadership position, Karnataka has embarked on developing ‘Global Innovation Alliances’ with innovation hubs across the world, said Gaurav Gupta, Karnataka Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T.

Leading a delegation to Germany to promote Karnataka’s flagship programme ‘Bengaluru Tech Summit’, Gupta said, “Bengaluru is competing at a global level, through exchange of people and ideas. In order to maintain our lead position in innovation and science and technology, alliances are explored with innovation hubs.”

“This system of strategic international innovation partnerships has been conceptualised for curating existing relationships and for fostering new ones with international institutions and partner countries,” he added.

As part of its efforts to enhance Indo-German partnership and also promote the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Gupta is currently leading a high profile delegation to Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich in Germany.

The delegation is expected to meet with several high ranking officials in Germany for start-up engagement, collaboration and innovation.

Bengaluru Tech Summit is scheduled to be held from November 18 to 20, 2019.

Innovation by collaboration

Delivering the opening remarks at Asia Pacific Week, 2019, in Berlin, Gupta said, “Our vision is to transform Karnataka’s economy through innovation by identifying mutual shared areas of interest and developing allied expertise with our Global Innovation Alliance partner countries. We aim to have specific developmental focus for each country so that we have clear profiles to act upon.”

“Today, we have strategic alliances with 15 countries, across various sectors including Governments, academic institutions, start-up incubators, universities, and larsge tech companies,” he added.

The Department of IT, BT and S&T is mulling a proposal to set up Indo-German accelerators in both Bengaluru and Berlin for enhancing enterprise connects, mentorship, driving investments and collaborations between start-ups and SMEs in both areas.

In an effort to strengthen the German-Indian start-up exchange program, Gupta also had discussions with Ambassador, Dr Hinrich Tholken, Special Envoy for International Digital Policy and Digital Transformation, Federal Foreign Office, Germany, to share the digital trends and policies in Bengaluru. He also held discussions with Mukta D Tomar, Indian Ambassador to Germany in Berlin.

Separate discussions were held with various government officials and heads of business associations.