Hyderabad: T-Hub, based in Hyderabad, which leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem that powers next-generation products and new business models, on Tuesday signed an MoU with the Hiroshima Prefectural Government to help in nurturing ecosystems across regions.
The MoU signed by the parties will be a long-term association between T-Hub and the Hiroshima Prefectural Government, in the areas of creation of innovation, entrepreneurship, and open innovation, which will help nurture the startup ecosystem between Telangana and Hiroshima, T-Hub said in a release here.
Under the MoU, the parties will facilitate access and opportunities by creating initiatives for startup exchanges between the Indian and Hiroshima innovation ecosystems.
The association will bring together cultures and ideas from both the innovation ecosystems to transform customer experience and foster digital transformation.
As the first step of this partnership, T-Hub will lead a virtual innovation program which is called “Road to Shine (R2S)” in partnership with Infobridge India Private Limited., Indo-Japanese business development and consultancy firm.
The program is centered on the theme ‘The Future City You Want to Create and it will empower the next generation leaders to generate new technologies and solutions that address the future challenges of India.
Through this program, T-Hub and Hiroshima Prefectural Government will collaborate with students and engineers, including the startup ecosystems in Hyderabad.
T-Hub will call for applications from the student innovators and early growth-stage startups, with a background in computer science and related engineering fields.
The main applicant can participate individually or as a team, where he/she can recruit up to two other members, not necessarily from a technical background.
All members must be based in the State of Telangana and under the age of 30 to participate in this program. The main applicant should be available for all online workshops and events, the release said.
The call for applicants which commenced from September 8, will remain active until October 17, 2020.
T-Hub CEO and Telangana Chief Innovation Officer, Ravi Narayan, said, “Over the years, Hiroshima has been successful in creating an innovative ecosystem and a brand for itself. With the project ‘Road to Shine’ (R2S), we are looking at prospective technological innovations with the potential to address the future challenges of society and deliver social impact.
The partnership formalised today will provide growth opportunities for the innovation ecosystems of both the geographies. It will enable startups and innovators to explore larger opportunities.”
Hiroshima Prefecture Governor, Hidehiko Yuzaki, said “I am happy to announce this partnership between T-Hub and Hiroshima, a prefecture aiming to become a National leader in innovation”.
“I hope that our collaboration will be a catalyst for more out-of-the-box and transformative services and products,” the Governor added.