NSW–India technology exchange program

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Why India?

India is one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-developing technology markets and an important trading partner for New South Wales.

Building links between the tech ecosystems in NSW and India will help grow and strengthen business partnerships, contribute to economic growth, skills development and job creation. Of particular focus are sectors such as agriculture, cyber security, health, education and financial services.

To facilitate creation of these links, the NSW Government is working with our partners in India to provide a NSW–India technology exchange program. Over the next two years the program will help NSW entrepreneurs connect with the Indian market, share knowledge and assist in forming commercial partnerships in areas where we believe NSW and India share common challenges, or where mutually beneficial opportunities exist.

Fintech exchange to India

From 24–29 June 2018, eight NSW fintech startups undertook an intensive one week accelerator and business development program in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India, supported by the NSW Government.

Based out of Zone Startups India, the one-week program provided an introduction to the Indian market, facilitated meetings and networking sessions with the local ecosystem and potential partners, and provided guidance on taking a business global.

The startups were chosen because they are developing scalable, global solutions and wanted to explore export opportunities in the Indian market.

What the program offered

  • Return economy flights to Mumbai, India
  • Accommodation for seven nights
  • A week-long curated program including:
    • the opportunity to raise your profile globally
    • access to leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship
    • meetings with India-based multinationals
    • connections to globally successful Indian fintech startups
    • meetings with mentors to address business or technical challenges
    • exploration of commercialisation partners and potential customers
    • end-of-program pitch day/demo day in Mumbai
    • networking and continuing development opportunities after returning to Australia

Zone Startups India

Established in 2014, Zone Startups India is a global network of technology accelerators and early-stage venture funds with a presence in India, Canada and Vietnam.

Zone Startups India focuses on the pillars of validation, mentorship, industry connections and investor access. It has developed a reputation for helping mentor and guide strong, successful and enduring startups.

Based at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Zone Startups India is the only independent startup accelerator and entrepreneurship platform in India to be supported by India’s Department of Science & Technology. It also has extensive international networks and deep business ties.

Zone Startups runs successful corporate accelerator and innovation programs for companies including Barclays, Visa, EY India, Shell Foundation and the Australia Institute of Sports.