Hyderabad, November 25 2016: India's largest startup ecosystem -- T-hub, is a year old.
Growing out of a public/private partnership between the government of Telangana, three premier academic institutes - IIIT-Hyderabad, Indian School of Business and NALSAR University of Law -- and key private sector leaders, it has grown to a 70,000 sq. ft facility, clustered into across seven sectors of specialization – Fintech, Healthtech, Agritech, SmartCity, Transportation & Logistics, Sustainability and Social Tech capturing Big Data, IoT, Analytics, Sensors, Cloud and Mobility.
Speaking at the anniversary celebrations, Telengana Minister in charge of Information Technology said: “When we started T-Hub a year back there were many questions about how we will create a mark in the startup world. But looking at what we have achieved, makes me proud. Today the world wants to talk to Hyderabad, and know how it can bring in more investments. We will make the city one of the top startup cities in the world.”
Added Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub: "Some of the products and services we launched through the year, T-Bridge, Sandbox, Playbooks have truly set us apart. We have brought structure to the madness which investors and corporates are recognising."
The inauguration witnessed thesigning of MoUs with several strategic partners. These include:
1. PwC Innovation Hub Partnership
PwC, one of the leading consulting firms in the world has partnered with T-Hub to create an Innovation Hub within the Catalyst building. The Innovation Hub will give startups access to PwC clients across 157 countries and open floodgates for new opportunities.
2. Carnegie’s Policy Hub within T- Hub
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, India, a public policy think-tank has partnered with T-Hub to create a ‘Policy Incubator’ within Catalyst. The objective is to help startups guide through the regulatory and policy implications of innovation.
3. DBS Asia Hub-2 ‘Innovation Hub’ for Fintech startups
DBS Asia Hub-2 & T-Hub have entered into a strategic partnership to reimagine banking and drive innovation in fintech space. This partnership would leverage a network of fintech start-ups to make banking simpler, seamless and joyful for customers.
4. Agri-Tech Accelerator announcement with ICRISAT, RVP & T-Hub|
T-Hub’s AgriTech Accelerator Program is a startup-focused initiative created in partnership with ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics) and powered by RViP (Riverbridge Ventures Innovation Platform). It is a three-month accelerator program, which enables AgriTech start-ups to move products to market and scale their existing businesses.
5. CL Educate- Innovation Partnership for student innovation
T-Hub and CL Educate entered into an MoU to make innovation accessible to millions of youngsters in schools, colleges and jobs. Wainconnect.com, the innovation platform from CL Educate and the T-Hub ‘PlayBook’ will play a crucial role in the implementation of this partnership.
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