T-Hub, a technological incubator started by the Telangana government, recently said it has signed an MoU with Tel Aviv University's entrepreneurship centre StarTau for launching an accelerator programme for agritech startups.
According to an official release from T-Hub, an accelerator programme will be launched in India and Israel and it will be a part of T-Hub's T-Challenge programme charter, which will focus on agritech for facilitating the growth of startups in this sector. The programme will start in October 2016.
The Israeli innovation corridor for T-Hub is an extremely important one, given the opportunity India has to innovate over the next few years and Israel's offering. T-Hub is paving the way to lead this effort in healthtech, agritech and data sciences through T- Hub's cluster-focused innovation park and its curated programs. We are excited about this partnership and are looking forward to seeing Indian and Israeli entrepreneurs push the innovation envelope and co-create new market opportunities while transforming India s landscape. The recent agreement with ICRISAT will act as the first illustrative program for this initiative to go live through digital interventions in the AgTech space, T-Hub CEO Jay Krishnan said.
The MoU was signed at the TAU Innovation Conference, where T-Hub CEO represented the Indian startup ecosystem. T-Hub aims to give five Indian innovators the chance to explore the startup ecosystem of Tel Aviv, which is a hotbed for startups. The recent partnership between T-Hub and The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will see the organisations welcome five entrepreneurs from Israel, giving them the opportunity to explore the startup ecosystem being built in Hyderabad, it further said.
T-Hub is also initiating HealthTech programmes by partnering with Tel Aviv University. Through its T-Source program, T-Hub will scout and invite premier HealthTech startups from Israel to be part of its pre-acceleration programmes, which will become a feeder for T-Hub s flagship accelerator focussing on HealthTech, the release added.
In another news, T-Hub, Telangana government will soon launch two initiatives -T Works and the country's first Very Large Scale Integration Design (VLSID) Academy in Hyderabad
We are ready to start various verticals of T-Hub focussed on different areas like hardware, particularly electronics and semi-conductors, which will be launched in Hyderabad before December end. We are going to call it 'T-Works', Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan told reporters in a recent interview.
T-Works will be another feature in Hyderabad where prototyping lab, innovation opportunities in hardware, electronic manufacturing and semi-conductors will be made available to help innovators to work on, he added.
Ranjan, who along with Telangana's Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao, was on a visit to the US recently, said: "We visited a prototyping lab in California and signed an MoU also. They will be sharing their technological know-how on establishing our T-works in Hyderabad."
Ranjan further said the Telangana government will also soon set up Very Large Scale Integration Design (VLSID) Academy and the first phase will come up in Gachibowli , Hyderabad , which will be the first one to be set up by a government in the country in collaboration with industry partners.
Though there are some VLSI design institutions, but we want to make the best cutting-edge technology available to the manpower here and the government is in the process of setting up a VLSI Design Academy, he said adding that US-based chip maker AMD has agreed to partner with the proposed VLSID Academy.
Meanwhile, the 30th International Conference on VLSID will be held here from January 7 to 11. Over 2,000 experts from around the world including policy makers, influencers from the government, private and the academic sector will converge in Hyderabad for the five-day conference to debate, deliver key notes, present tutorials and papers to shape the future of VLSI Design industry in India, he said.
The upcoming conference theme Technologies for a Secure and Connected World will highlight cloud computing and IoT (Internet of Things), VLSID General Chair Dasaradha Gude told reporters at Hyderabad.