1. Soft landing for Australian Startups

Karnataka has a robust relationship with Australia, with several areas of collaboration being explored. As of 30 December 2018, soft landing for Australian startups in the four Government of Karnataka sponsored incubators/accelerators, namely, NASSCOM 10k Startups Warehouse, Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre, IAMAI Mobile 10x Startup Hub, and 91 Springboard, has been formalized. Australian startups may choose any of the above mentioned incubators/accelerators, with Startup Cell being the single point of contact (SPOC) to facilitate the soft landing. This will give Karnataka startups an opportunity to collaborate with their Australian counterparts, and enable exchange of ideas and technology.

2. Start-up exchange program with Victoria

Australian southern state Victoria and Karnataka have also been in talks to partner in various areas of technology and science, by involving academia and industry (including startups) alike. During the visit of Victorian Premier Mr. Daniel Andrews, and Victorian MPs Ms. Gabrielle Williams and Ms. Marsha Thompson, during the Digital Health Workshop held in Bengaluru on 18 January 2018, discussions were held to facilitate start-up exchange for Victorian and Karnataka startups under the Indian Government’s Innovation Bridge Program. The contours of this are being finalized and a road map for the same will be released soon


1. MoU with Embassy of Finland

An MoU has been entered into by Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka and Embassy of Finland, New Delhi on 11 September 2017, to promote innovation cooperation between Karnataka and Finland under the title “Karnataka – Finland lnnovation Corridor”. This is a virtual platform facilitating the interaction of both parties to identify mutual interest and joint projects and to support exchange of information and expertise. Within the framework of the lnnovation Corridor, Karnataka and Finland are to organize events, visits, innovation and start-up –incubation programs and competitions and research programs by involving companies, academia and other relevant organizations. As per the MoU, collaboration along the line of startups is to be as follows:
Provide landing pads for start-ups when a company from one side wants to explore the market on the other side. A temporary office space and other assistance can be offered with a reasonable price.
Organize matchmaking events where Start-Up companies and large corporations from both Karnataka and Finland would interact.
Facilitate the collaboration with Start-Up incubators and accelerators from Karnataka and Finland.
It will be of mutual added value to promote and highlight each other’s start-up ecosystem. Delegation visits from both sides could be planned to build better understanding of innovations in the counterpart’s start-up ecosystem.

2. I-Samarth program

Under the MoU, the Karnataka based I-SAMARTH program initiated by Nokia, is to act as an informal focal point for loT -related Indian and Finnish companies to collaborate in fields of R&D and innovation. Three Karnataka start-ups have already been incubated, and are being mentored by Nokia, and seven more have been identified as potential seeds for the program.

3. Planned visit to Finland

An official GoK delegation visit to Finland has also been planned for the month of June 2018 to identify startup accelerators in Finland for further partnerships. Startups from Karnataka will also be identified to accompany the visiting delegation.


1. MoU with The City of the Hague

Karnataka State signed a MoU with The Hague in November 2016. Under this MoU, the four areas of co-operation identified were elderly care and technology, startups, cybersecurity and genetics.

2. Official Delegation visit to Netherlands

An official delegation from Department of IT, BT and S&T conducted a fruitful visit to Netherlands from 5-11 March 2018 during which they got acquainted with relevant stakeholders under the MoU and met regional and national stakeholders in The Hague’s start-up ecosystem. As per the governance of the MOU, the Joint Program Steering Committee was held in the presence of the Vice-Mayor of the City of The Hague, and the following milestones are being worked upon by both parties:

  • Mutual soft landing program for start-ups in areas of Cyber Security and Innovation with Hague Security Delta and Innovation Quarter; to be signed during the visit of the PM of Netherlands visit to India in May 2018
  • Establishment of a mutual “Innovation Fund” for Karnataka and Hague startups to cooperate on innovation tracks.
  • Living lab to be opened in Bengaluru for innovation for healthcare startups in Karnataka to collaborate with Dutch startups. Proposal for the same is being drafted, and lab will be inaugurated during visit of PM in May 2018
  • Virtual linking of startups in Netherlands and Karnataka through Start-up Link platform being launched by Netherlands on 25 May 2018.
  • New MoU under the title “Orange Corridor” is being drafted for broader collaboration with Netherlands, with primary focus being startups in new and emerging technologies/with disruptive products.


1. BIO International Convention 2018

BIO International Convention 2018 in Boston taking place during June 4-7, 2018 in Boston, USA is the largest and most significant biotechnology gathering of the year. Nearly 16,000 participants from over 74 countries and 48 U.S. states will gather for three days of business partnering, education sessions, networking events and an exhibition showcasing the promising advancements that our sector is delivering. Department of IT, BT and S&T has put in a proposal to send a business delegation from Karnataka consisting of six biotechnology startups. Chairperson of Vision Group on Biotechnology, Dr. Kiran Majumdar Shaw, and President of Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE), Mr. Murali, will be leading the delegation at Karnataka’s booth at the Convention.


1. MoU with Business France

France and Karnataka already have a burgeoning relationship through the MoU signed between Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS) and Business France on 16 November 2017, with the following five programmes being identified for start-up cooperation between the two parties:

  • French Tech Tour to India – 10 innovative French start-ups, selected by a jury to visit India for learning and exchange of ideas.
  • French Tech Ticket – Global competition for international start-ups to set up their ventures in France, with one year funding and end to end support, including mentoring. France intends to promote of the French Tech Ticket within the NAIN (New Age Incubation Network) and other start-up incubators/accelerators supported by the Government of Karnataka and select start-ups for the 2018 to 2020 promotions of the French Tech Ticket.
  • French Tech Hub – Entrepreneurial ecosystem to facilitate close cooperation and partnerships between French and foreign start-ups. Currently, 22 such French Tech Hubs have been set up around the world, and Business France intends to set up one in Bangalore in the near future. The proposed French Tech Hub in Bangalore will be the first in India.
  • International Collaboration – Launching of an Indo-French programme of collaboration to promote joint R&D projects between French and Indian startups and large enterprises operating in Karnataka.
  • Learning & Commercial Expeditions – Organisation of learning and/or commercial expeditions for French companies to Karnataka and Karnataka companies to France to promote the sharing of ideas and best practices between the two ecosystems.

2. Delegation visit to Annecy, France

A delegation visit to France has been planned to participate in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which will be held during 11-16 June 2018 in Annecy, France. This is the largest of Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC) events in the world, where industry leaders and independent film makers meet to showcase developments related to AVGC. An official delegation is going to be accompanied by AVGC startups from Karnataka to identity new animation technologies and companies to work with. B2B partnerships will also be facilitated through the event with ABAI being involved, and AVGC companies/startups at the Festival will be invited to Bengaluru Tech Summit 2018.


1. German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP)

A meeting was held on 20 February 2018 with incoming German delegation to start dialogue on partnership between German and Karnataka startups under the recently launched GINSEP. German delegation included members of GINSEP, German Startup Association (GSA), and German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). A roadmap for market access and idea/technology exchange for startups is being charted for collaboration for startups in Germany and India under GINSEP.