The Global Innovation Alliance (GIA), is an initiative of the Karnataka authorities’s Department of Electronics, Information Technology, BioTechnology, and Science & Technology to collaborate with main international expertise and innovation hubs. At the 23rd version of the continued Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, there was participation from over 25 nations which might be a part of the GIA.
On Friday, Day 2 of BTS 2020, a press meet was organised to announce the signing of eight Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between the Karnataka authorities and numerous organisations from GIA associate nations. Representatives from GIA nations, together with Sweden, the UK, the US, Finland, and the Netherlands, had been nearly current on the press meet and shared a short overview on the respective MoUs, and the areas of collaboration.
The agreements span numerous areas, together with skilling, ecosystem connects, market entry, R&D, and bi-lateral alternate programmes, amongst others. The areas of focus embody Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, biotechnology, and semiconductors, amongst others.
Speaking on the event, Dr. E.V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, stated that the Karnataka authorities had established deep Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in areas of disruptive expertise during the last three years in affiliation with anchor institutes from academia and business. Each CoE was mandated to create programmes and initiatives throughout 4 pillars – the startup ecosystem, business, authorities, and R&D.
“As a next step for the GIA programme, we decided to take GIA collaboration to CoEs with the agenda that each CoE should have a GIA partner with whom they would collaborate in the areas of startups, skilling, R&D, and ecosystem connect. As a result, I am proud to announce that we have identified eight MoUs and intentions for collaboration.”
He added, “We believe that BTS this year will have a huge impact not only on the Karnataka innovation ecosystem but also firmly establish Karnataka and India as a global leader in innovation.”
Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education, Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood Department, Government of Karnataka, stated, “The purpose of such collaboration is to create creating mutually beneficial technology partnerships and foster meaningful dialogue with global innovations partners. Each of the MoUs with our GIA partners will deepen country-to-country collaboration.”
The eight MoUs that had been introduced at present included the next:
- An MoU between the Karnakata Centre of Excellence for Data Science & AI and Business Finland for mentorship, business join, market entry, ability upgradation, joint R&D tasks with social influence, and selling consciousness of the event within the fields of AI for sustainable progress. The MoU is anticipated to convey the ability of AI for agriculture, transport, well being, security, governance, service supply and many others.
- An MoU between the Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things and Swedish Incubators and Science Parks (SISP) for mentorship, business and ecosystem connects and market entry. This settlement is anticipated to place Karnataka as an end-to-end-solutions supplier within the engineering house, and facilitate modern purposes throughout areas comparable to Smart City, Smart Health, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Agriculture, and others.
- An MoU between the Semiconductor Fabless Accelerator Lab (SFAL), and US-based Applied Materials, Inc to discover incubation and mentoring alternatives, infrastructural assist and worldwide publicity for SFAL startups. The settlement will look to speed up present fabless SMEs to the subsequent degree to encourage home innovation and generate extra employment within the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector.
- An MoU between the Karnataka Centre of Excellence for Data Science & AI and the UK Deputy High Commission, Bengaluru on R&D tasks with social influence. This collaboration relies on the UK’s £3-million Innovation Challenge Fund, aimed toward Indian scientists tackling acute international challenges comparable to COVID-19. The fund has invited analysis and growth proposals from innovators with connections to the AI-Data cluster in Karnataka and the Future Mobility cluster in Maharashtra for options to sort out the coronavirus pandemic and promote a greener planet. At least 12 grants as much as £250,000 are anticipated to be awarded. This collaboration is anticipated to create citizen-centric AI options in areas of public service, schooling, water, power, and last-mile supply.
- An MoU between the Karnataka Innovation Technology Society, Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, the Department of Commerce and Industries and US-based Indiana Economic Development Corporation. The settlement covers areas of linked and autonomous transportation, life sciences and biotechnology, info and communications applied sciences, sports activities financial system and academic cooperation, and is anticipated to result in the creation of a medical gadgets park with world-class infrastructure and funding.
- An MoU between the Karnataka Innovation Technology Society, the Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, and the Department of Commerce and Industries, Government, and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to collaborate within the areas of biotechnology and healthcare and aerospace and defence. The settlement goals to create skilling alternatives for college kids from Karnataka, discover purposes of drone expertise for agriculture, navy surveillance and medical help, arrange incubation centres in Fairfax County for offering mentorship alternatives, and supply market entry to the US for Karnataka startups.
- An MoU between the Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity or CySecK (Cyber Security Karnataka) and The Hague Security Delta to construct finest practices, requirements and execute initiatives in cybersecurity and privateness domains; handle cybersecurity challenges to offer assist to “distant working fashions, and create consciousness about cyber threats.
- An MoU between the Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society and The Hague Business Agency for the GIA Market Access Program (GIAMAP). The programme goals to offer market entry and smooth touchdown to startups and help them in creating sound enterprise fashions and worth propositions; go-to-market methods; goal potential clients; obtain product-market match; construct worth proposition; map competitors and get entry to business connects/potential collaborators. This settlement goals to create India’s first sector-agnostic worldwide market entry program, with a give attention to a number of cities/nations, and help not less than 10 Karnataka startups to enter worldwide markets and provides them worldwide publicity.