Kochi: Startups in India should streamline their functioning to meet international standards by solving rising challenges alongside the government so as to create a better and smoother growth profile, concurred the delegates and dignitaries at the two-day National Deeptech Startup Conclave, Hardtech '19 organised by Maker Village in Kochi recently.
Aruna Sundararajan IAS, Secretary, Telecom, Government of India, addressing the inaugural session, said the role of the government is critical in building a favourable startup milieu in the country. “Maintaining global standards will be a key challenge startups will face in future. They won’t be able to achieve the desired results without the governments creating ideal ecosystems,” she said, calling for a system that ensures integration of factors like talent, market, entrepreneurship, industrial relations and investment possibilities.
M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, IT and Electronics, Government of Kerala, said the hardware sector needs to overcome its problems pertaining to materials and design. “Maker Village, in this respect, can utilise the services of backbone projects in the startup sector such as Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-FON), space startup project by ISRO and VSSC, and Intel laptop manufacturing project,” he added.
Madhavan Nambiar, Chairman, Maker Village; Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM); Gopalakrishnan S IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY); Santhosh Kumar, Managing Director, Texas Instruments India and Prasad Balakrishnan Nair, CEO, Maker Village also spoke. Fifty speakers, including senior government officials, leaders of global technology firms, entrepreneurs from across the country and abroad, besides academicians from top universities took part in the conclave.
DRDO Places Order for Maker Village Product
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has initiated a purchase order for Advanced Spray Coater developed by Delgado Coating and Technology Solutions incubated at Maker Village. The purchase order was handed over by Dr. Ajay Kumar IAS, Secretary, Defence Production, Government of India to Dr. R Sreekumar, CEO, Delgado Coating and Technology Solutions at Hardtech '19.
The technology is used in solar cells as transparent electrode, touch-screen devices (mobiles), flat-panel displays, OLEDs, energy-saving smart windows, nanocoating and bio-medical coatings over needles and surgical stents. The product can help slash the production cost by 30 per cent compared to the present technology used by other countries.
Belgium is looking forward to fostering relations with India in the hardware manufacturing sector by going for more collaborations with startups, particularly in Kerala, said Mark Van De Vreken, Belgium Consul General to South India, at Hardtech '19. The move to build strong tie-ups with startups in and around Kochi comes amid the West European nation’s efforts to identify and nurture more number of private high-growth tech companies.