VIS’s Industry-Startup connect gets a Thundering Applause


Vizag Industrial Scan’s (VIS) second edition of the industry startup connect initiative was a resounding success. Seven of India’s iconic PSUs participated in big numbers and highlighted the various opportunities startups could work on.

Behemoth organizations like RINL, VPT, HSL, Indian Navy, Customs, HPCL and Indian Railways dawned in Novotel on the 15th of May to present some of their most pertinent problem statements that their respective organizations have been facing hoping to find solutions from startups.

On the other hand an eclectic number of startups participated with a keen interest in understanding the problem statements of these PSUs and importantly with the objective to provide them with a solution/technology with.

With over 140 participants the second edition of the industry-innovation connect program struck all the right notes.

The second edition of VIS’s industry-startup connect was aptly supported by APIS (Andhra Pradesh Innovation society) that played an important role in not only getting more startups involved but also providing the much needed funding. The event was also supported by NRDC, Digital India and Startup India.

To mark this mega event we couldn’t have a better chief guest than Mr MS Rao, President and Chief Executive Officer, National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.

When VIS invited Mr Rao for this event he immediately promised his support and participation keeping the mandate of this initiative in mind. ‘This is a wonderful initiative undertaken by VIS to bring startups and Industry together and explore opportunities of collaboration’ said the president and CEO of National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.

Mr Rao gave a detailed presentation to the startups present on the various initiatives undertaken by his respective department to further help and encourage startups.

Following his address Mr Winny Patro, CEO of APIS gave a detailed speech on the opportunities that this initiative presents startups with and apprised the audience on APIS’s mandate.

Mr Patro lauded VIS for taking this initiative and urged industry to come forward and support startups in a whole hearted manner. I appeal to senior industry heads here to whole heartedly encourage startups by giving them an opportunity to collaborate with your esteemed organizations said Mr Patro.

Giving a passionate and compelling speech in encouraging startups was Rear Admiral (Retd.) LV Sarat Babu ‘We are not just contemplating on this initiative but have already implemented this in our organization. I am happy to inform you that under my leadership we have been working with 11 startups to help us in different areas of our organization’ said the Rear admiral to a thundering applause from the audience.

Applauding VIS on this initiative Rear Admiral Sarat Babu said that he would be happy to engage with more startups as long as they meet the organization’s technical know-how and provide relevant solutions. ‘We need startups to be frugal and innovative’ said the man credited with HSL’s turnaround.

Showcasing a sea of opportunities for startups in the marine sector was the dynamic Mr PL Harnadh, IRTS from VPT. ‘There is a huge potential in the port and shipping sector where startups can work upon’ said the deputy chairman, Vizag Port Trust.

Citing some of the opportunity areas for startups the deputy chairman highlighted coastal shipping, logistics (he spoke on the shortage of trucks in their area of work), the menace of pollution as some of the key areas where solutions from startups were needed. ‘Small innovations lead to great efficiencies’ said Mr Harnadh.

Indian Railways made its presence by having Mr Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, DRM, Waltair Division of the east Coast Railways lead a young delegation who highlighted the various areas of opportunities for startups.

We want to play a major role in this initiative and work with startups and we truly support this initiative of VIS said Mr Chetan Kumar.

‘These problem statements of ours present opportunities for you (startups)’ said Mr Shrivastava.

Educating startups on the availability of proven technologies from NRDC was Mr BK Sahu. Mr Sahu informed startups on the various technologies NRDC has access to and urged them to take NRDC’s guidance in not only getting access to these technologies but also highlighted the importance of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights).

‘Many startups knowingly unknowingly violate many IPRs. This needs to be addressed by startups’ said Mr BK Sahu.

“After the inaugural session senior technical representatives from seven PSUs made presentations to startups on the various opportunities in their respective organizations.”

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