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British High Commissioner to India launches 2017-18 TECH Rocketship Awards

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British High Commissioner to India launches 2017-18 TECH Rocketship Awards

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 28 Oct 2017, 05:40 am
New Delhi, Oct 27 (IBNS): British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith, on Friday launched the 2017-18 TECH Rocketship Awards to an audience of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, start-ups and a judging panel including Saurabh Srivastava and Mohandas Pai.

The 2017-18 TECH Rocketship Awards, targeting India’s top tech entrepreneurs and scale-up businesses, are offering seven prize packages to the UK.

Lucky winners will receive tailored packages in the UK to help them achieve their international ambitions of growth with a fully paid-for business development and partnership programme.

The Awards, an initiative by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in India, have been running for three years and seen endorsement from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, British Prime Minister Theresa May and some of the biggest names in Indian business

Asquith said: "The UK’s position as a home-from-home for Indian tech companies is as strong as ever. Nearly a third of all Indian investment into the UK is in tech and telecommunications and we are fully-committed to supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his vision for ‘Startup India’.

"The UK is open for business and through Tech Rocketship Awards we are looking to help the next batch of leading young Indian entrepreneurs scale-up and go global via the UK" he added.

This year’s six award categories - Fin-tech, Med-tech, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing & Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence – reflect some of the areas of greatest potential in terms of opportunity and demand in the UK and India.

These are the UK’s fastest growing tech sectors and are aligned with the UK government’s technology investment priorities. There is an additional spot under the ‘Judges award for Creativity’.

This year the awards will be judged by significant Indian entrepreneurs and thought-leaders like Indian Angel Network(IAN)’s founder Saurabh Srivastava, Kiran Muzamdar Shaw, Digital India Foundation head Arvind Gupta, NASSCOM chairman Raman Roy, Fin-tech entrepreneur Alok Vajpeyi, Shradha Sharma founder of YourStory along with Investors like IDG Ventures and SIDBI Ventures.

Srivastava  said: "The UK government’s vision to support Indian tech SMEs and start-ups is completely aligned with ours. I am delighted to be a part of this program which helps create wealth for entrepreneurs and investors, drives economic growth in the region and builds another track of early stage ventures between India and UK."

"This platform not only provides an opportunity for Indian entrepreneurs to network and identify trade opportunities, but also gives UK based investors an access to the pool of India’s most innovative businesses” Srivastava added.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said: “The Tech Rocketship Awards are forerunners in supporting Indian start-ups to go global. The Department for International Trade, is the UK Government’s commercial organisation which supports global companies to set up in the UK."

"This platform not only provides an opportunity for Indian entrepreneurs to network and identify trade opportunities, but also gives UK based investors an access to the pool of India’s most innovative businesses” he added.

Chairman of Manipal Global Education, T.V. Mohandas Pai, said: “Tech Rocketship Awards have supported India’s high growth tech companies year on year to get access to the UK’s world-class tech ecosystem. The awards give a platform to young Indian entrepreneurs and businesses to springboard their business internationally."

The awards are being delivered with assistance from Indian Angel Network, alongside number of other delivery partners Including Startupbootcamp, T-Hub, TiE Delhi, Deloitte and a range of potential funders

The competition winners’ trip to the UK will include opportunities to pitch to UK Venture Capitalits, a programme at London Tech Week, curated partnerships with established UK companies like Harper Adams University and Sensor City and exposure to the UK’s thriving tech ecosystem, financial services and R&D opportunities. They will also get a chance to spend quality time with companies across the UK.

Applications are open to Indian tech entrepreneurs under 40 in India, who have been operating a company created from the year 2000 onwards.

The competition is open now and will close on December 9 midnight.

British High Commissioner to India launches 2017-18 TECH Rocketship Awards

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