IT/BT Minister at ‘CEOs Conclave’ : Industrial growth will be promoted in the Belagavi ecosystem
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IT/BT Minister at ‘CEOs Conclave’ : Industrial growth will be promoted in the Belagavi ecosystem

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The government aims to develop industries in the Belagavi region leveraging on the ecosystem which is supportive to the growth of industries as well as entrepreneurship, Dr.C.N.Ashwatha Narayana, Minister for IT/BT and S&T, said on Wednesday.

Making presidential remarks at the ‘CEOs Conclave’ organised by Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) as part of the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative he told, the state has planned to achieve becoming a 400 billion dollar digital economy in the next 5 years through the development of ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ clusters in the state which also includes Hubli region.

“Being an entrepreneurial and educational region, Belagavi is also blessed with a good climate. This will boost the industrial growth in the region. The VTU of Belagavi will be developed as an anchor institute on par with IISc and IIT and an action plan to make it a reality has been prepared,” he told.

The Minister who also holds the Higher Education portfolio said, “The National Education Policy (NEP-2020) envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be implemented from the pre-nursery levels. The teaching-learning process in engineering, diploma, ITI and graduation levels has already been upgraded to global standards and this facilitates providing a human resource with required skills for the industrial sector.”

E.V.Ramana Reddy, ACS, Dept of IT/BT, B.V.Naidy, Head of KDEM, Entrepreneurs Suneel Deshapande, Jayanth Humbarwadi, Rajendra Belagaonkar, Chaitanya Kulakarni, N.G.Subramanyam, Venkatesh Patil were among the few who attended.

Highlights :

1. Our state of Karnataka, with its capital Bengaluru- the Silicon Valley of India is India’s IT capital. With Bengaluru ranking 2nd in Global start-up Ecosystem growth index and 4th largest technology cluster in the world, Karnataka is the knowledge and innovation hub of the country.

2. Government of Karnataka is working towards its aspirational goals of creating a USD 300 billion digital economy in the next five years. This is happening through institutions like the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM)- a unique structure set up by the Government pf Karnataka in collaboration with the industry bodies. KDEM is operating across five major areas: GCC/IT/ITeS/BPM; ESDM; Start-Ups & Innovation; Talent Accelerator; and Beyond Bengaluru.

3. The Beyond Bengaluru program of KDEM is spearheading the objective of proliferating the growth of digital economy in clusters beyond Bangalore. This is done for select identified clusters in the state by developing and facilitating a product-based ecosystem.
— Cyber Security, ESDM, AI/VR for Mysuru
— Fintech for Mangaluru
— AgriTech, EduTech & Industry 4.0 for Hubli
The three functional Beyond Bengaluru clusters- Mysuru, Mangaluru & Hubbali, have their dedicated offices.

4. Aspirations: The Beyond Bengaluru initiative aims at bringing in at least 100 GCC companies and 5000 IT companies & start-ups by 2026 in the Beyond Bengaluru clusters.

5. Major activities performed by Beyond Bengaluru vertical:
— Conducting investor pitch sessions for start-ups & entrepreneurs and disseminating the policy pack of Karnataka to them,
— Creating Knowledge Reports,
— Conducting outreach programs,
— Organizing knowledge dissemination series on areas such as Cyber Security, ESDM etc.
— Organizing mega-investor connect events like the Pre-BTS

6. Some quick results with companies of the like of IBM (employment 250) & Glowtouch (employment 300) setting up their Global Delivery Center in Mysuru; companies like I-Merit (employment 150) being grounded for its operations in Hubbali. Within the first 6 months, employment for 700 people has been created.

7. Through Beyond Bengaluru initiative, we have leveraged the Infosys Hubli campus, approximately 20,000 square feet built up area accommodating 185-seater capacity of workspace for Start-ups and innovation related activities.

8. Jobs for all initiative of KDEM wherein students in colleges across the state are connected and trained across identified courses, through on-boarded training program partners.

9. Knowledge dissemination series on Cyber Security, ESDM, IT/ITeS, FinTech and other areas for building an awareness among all stakeholders and creating a community.

10. KDEM’s Spoke Shore Strategy: Setting up of office by a GCC in Beyond Bengaluru clusters is gaining momentum post pandemic. This is enabled by factors like ease of doing business, city livability, and talent aspects.

11. Mentoring the start-ups in the Beyond Bengaluru clusters, an initiative of Beyond Bengaluru Start-up Grid has been kick-stared. KDEM is working towards leveraging networking of 150+ start-ups in which as of now around 50 start-ups are part of the KDEM Beyond Bengaluru Startup Grid.

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