Australian start-ups head to India to gain entrepreneurial skills  

The NSW government and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship are giving 33 start-ups the chance to learn about the tech world at a bootcamp in India.

On January 25, it was announced that the start-ups would have the chance to join the 10-day experience in India’s fast-growing tech start-up ecosystem.

The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship SSE conducted an eight week talent search for emerging entrepreneurs across the NSW innovation ecosystem, including its 11 member universities and TAFE NSW, to attract a diverse mix of start-ups with a solid pitch, strong IP and a strong fit with the India market.

The school’s education and training director, Jonathan Jones, said the international bootcamps will take place in the thriving Indian innovation centres of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad.

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“Connecting 33 rising stars with dozens of globally successful Indian start-ups and multinationals in four global Indian cities is a remarkable opportunity.”

Through the school’s network of 12 member institutions and partners we’ve reached start-ups from every corner of the state, with new business solutions ranging from using artificial intelligence learning in chicken farms and worm farms, to documenting community history, said Jones.

The shortlisted 33 participants will take an masterclass on doing business in India before beginning the 10-day bootcamp.

NSW minister for trade and industry, Niall Blair said immersing this diverse group of NSW based start-ups in the Indian innovation ecosystem is a sure way to drive innovation and creativity.

“The exposure and specialist mentoring they’ll receive on scaling a global business makes the sky the limit for creating high growth companies.

“Thirty-eight per cent of start-ups headed to India are based in NSW regional communities, 35 per cent are women, and they represent a diverse mix of tech solutions seeking a global market,” he said.

“These emerging entrepreneurs will learn from India’s best and brightest, gaining direct access to global leaders in innovation who can guide their businesses in dynamic and fast developing technology markets,” said Blair.