Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Indian government has started the Phase II of OctaNE CoE together with the Open Challenge Program (OCP-II).
The aim is to create a holistic ecosystem to promote R&D, innovation, entrepreneurship in the fields of graphic design, gaming & entertainment, data analytics & AI, IT applications in healthcare & agritech as well as GIS applications (including drone technology) physical infrastructure and support services for prototyping, Development, testing and marketing through the incubation of startups in the field.
Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI, and Bhuvnesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, MeitY, Government of India have established 5 CoEs.
Rai said, “OctaNE can revolutionize the tech startup ecosystem in the Northeast region and enable startups to develop breakthrough products in a variety of emerging technology areas. The entire OctaNe program has all the ingredients such as infrastructure, SIZs & e-commerce platforms to promote the startups collaboratively. ”
Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India, said: “8 CoEs under OctaNE will further strengthen the tech startup ecosystem in the northeast. It will be very exciting for the startups to join these CoEs and shape their ideas into innovative products. ”
“OctaNE will close with the introduction of 5 CoEs in phase II. We are ready with infrastructure, laboratories, SIZs, e-commerce platform and onboarding of chief mentors to promote the startups, ” said PK Das, Director, STPI-Guwahati.
“OctaNE will ignite the innovation passion of northeast-based startups, aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators and revolutionize the tech startup ecosystem in the region, while at the same time striving to transform India as a software product nation,” said Subodh Sachan, Director, STPI & MD & CEO, STPINEXT on the introduction of OctaNE Phase-II.
The goals of opening up these CoEs are to incubate startups in new and emerging electronics and IT technologies and to provide a robust platform for startups with unified support services such as mentoring services, seed capital support and marketing support (including intellectual property protection Property) etc.
The aim is to create employment opportunities in new innovative start-up units. Development of a craft and innovation culture among students and professionals by setting up innovation zones for start-ups; Identifying the core problems of the local industry and finding solutions and facilitating e-commerce activities and applications.
IT applications in graphic design at Kohima, gaming & entertainment at Aizawl, data analytics & AI at Agartala, IT applications in healthcare & agritech at Gangtok and GIS applications (including drone technology) at Itanagar.
Under Phase I three CoEs Start-up Innovation Zone (SIZ) together with e-Facilitation with a technology / sector focus, namely. IoT in agriculture at STPI-Guwahati, animation at STPI Shillong and AR / VR at Imphal were already launched on July 20, 2020, with the selection and onboarding of start-ups in progress.
OctaNE – Internet worked on North East CoEs to support STPI’s technology-led innovation. OctaNE is an umbrella of eight centers of excellence (CoEs) + start-up innovation zones (SIZs) in the northeast region and e-commerce funding, each under CoE + SIZ.
OctaNE will be self-sufficient in its field, but together all CoEs + SIZs will offer a range of services to around 367 start-ups in new technologies. Daily Techno News