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Startup MoU signed ahead of PM Modi's visit to Singapore

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

startups can now gain faster entry to India's vibrant startup ecosystem to form partnerships and co-innovate with Indian startups after a state-owned enterprise here has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with one of the largest global organisations of Indian-origin.

The MoU between Enterprise (ESG) and (TiE) was signed yesterday, a day before Narendra Modi's arrival in the country on a three-day visit.

The MoU kick-starts an incubation programme that aims to foster collaboration between Singapore and Indian start-ups through jointly organised networking events, workshops and sessions with in-market mentors.

Singapore startups can now gain faster entry to India's vibrant startup ecosystem to form partnerships and co-innovate with Indian startups, said ESG in a statement yesterday.

The MOU with Singapore, one of the largest global organisations of Indian-origin which began in and boast of strong funding muscles and deep pockets, kickstarts the "Singapore Incubation Programme" by Startup SG1, led by Enterprise Singapore, with the support of Trade Associations and Chambers and startup partners.

As a start, Singapore will be running a startup mission in July with 10 Singapore startups to meet with Indian startups, corporates, mentors and investors to partner and in fintech, and deeptech.

With a network of 11,000 members globally, currently constitutes one third of TiE's global membership. was formed by Silicon Valley-based Indian technologists.

Tan Soon Kim, of Enterprise Singapore, said, "is an up-and-coming hotspot for global startups and businesses. The growth of India's startup landscape has been remarkable."

"The Singapore - India Incubation Programme aims to introduce ideas and concepts between the ecosystems of both countries and foster collaboration between companies in each other's markets and in Over time, we aim to establish a series of key innovation nodes within India to form an for Singapore companies to tap on," said Tan.

Puneet Pushkarna, of TiE, said, "The strategic collaboration between TiE and would strengthen the bridge between India and Singapore's startup ecosystem, which today are amongst the most vibrant in the world."

"With 19 chapters in India alone, TiE provides the fattest pipe of entrepreneurial connectivity between the two countries and we hope to enhance market access opportunities for startups on both sides. We are confident that the platform would further proliferate networking amongst innovators and allow for the development and adoption of ideas, flow of capital and implementation of technically challenging solutions for the betterment of the society at large," said Pushkarna.

In line with the "Singapore India Incubation Programme" by Startup SG, will be organising an iAdvisory Seminar: "Startups in India" on June 12 2018, to help Singapore companies understand the startup landscape in India, opportunities and how to enter the market.

India's startup ecosystem ranks third globally, with over 4,750 startups. Its key focus areas include e-commerce, fintech, healthtech and edutech.

The number of startups in India grew 12 per cent in 2016 and is expected to cross 10,000 by 2020.

In 2017, the value of startup funding amounted to approximately USD 13.7 billion, significantly higher than the USD 4.06 billion of 2016 and the USD 8.4 billion of 2015, said the statement, citing industry data.

The growth is fuelled by increased Government support through startup schemes that eased registration and gave Indian startups priority in Government-led projects and rising middle class which led to a boom in startups tapping into the consumer space, it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 31 2018. 11:55 IST