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Saturday, November 12, 2016

One Year Old T-Hub Puts Hyderabad on the Start-Up World Map

T-hub, India’s fastest growing start-up engine celebrated its first anniversary announcing strategic initiatives which puts  Hyderabad on the start- up world map. 

The anniversary celebration was inaugurated by Telangana IT Minister KT. Rama Rao amid senior Industry leaders and government officials.  Among those present, included T-Hub Board of Directors, Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Telangana State, B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Executive Chairman, Cyient and Srini Raju, Managing Director and Founder of Peepul Capital. 

The event was marked open by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Shri K.T. Rama Rao, Board of directors, Srinivas Kollipara, Founder and COO, T-Hub and Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub.

Commenting on the celebrations  KT. Rama Rao, Minister for IT, Govt. of Telangana, India, said, “When we started T-Hub a year back there were many questions about how we will create a mark in the startup world. But looking at what we have achieved, makes me proud. Today the world wants to talk to Hyderabad, and know how we can bring in more investments. Through T-Bridge we will access and bring the best to you to grow and make the city one of the top startup cities in the world.”

Speaking on the occasion, Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub said, “Innovation is the core of what we do. Through the year we have strived each day to build a strong structure that fuels a culture of innovation through capacity building and mentorship. This has enabled us to catalyse deal flow and take Hyderabad on the world map in the start-up ecosystem. Some of the products and services we launched through the year, T-Bridge, Sandbox, Playbooks have truly set us apart. We have brought structure to the madness which investors and corporates are recognising. We are an evolving organization and will constantly keep learning and changing as we go along only to ensure we bring the best to Hyderabad and fulfil our vision to make this city one of the top 10 startup cities in the world.”

Speaking on the occasion Srinivas Kollipara, Founder and COO of T-Hub said, “On this occasion of one year, we would like to thank the support and confidence we have received from our board members.  We are the only ecosystem in the country which is run by professionals. We would like to thank the government for giving us this opportunity and free hand to create a startup world in Hyderabad that is uniquely structured and build to allow for progress and innovation with strong support with policy initiatives and access to the world at large. Today the world wants to talk to us only because we have a structured ecosystem backed by technology with innovation at its core. With this support and interest the sky is the limit.”
The inauguration witnessed MoU signings with several Strategic Partners, Corporate Partners and announcement of Partnership Programs

The Strategic partnerships include:

1.         PwC Innovation Hub Partnership
PwC, one of the leading consulting firms in the world has partnered with T-Hub to create an Innovation Hub within the Catalyst building.  
This strategic partnership is aligned with PwC's Innovation Program to support and mentor startups. The Innovation Hub will give startups access to PwC clients across 157 countries and open floodgates for new opportunities.  
We at T-Hub welcomes this opportunity through which our startups, PwC & its ecosystem of global clients can exchange the role of being an accelerator for collective growth.        

2.         Carnegie’s Policy Hub within T- Hub 
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, India, a public policy think-tank has partnered with T-Hub to create a ‘Policy Incubator’ within Catalyst. 
a. The objective of this one-of-a-kind ‘Policy Incubator’ is to help startups guide through the regulatory and policy implications of innovation. 
b. Operationalise a tracking system to record exciting innovation within T-Hub and create awareness around the same in collaboration with T-Hub.

The Corporate Partnerships include:

3.         DBS Asia Hub-2 partners with T-Hub to create an ‘Innovation Hub’ for Fintech startups  
DBS Asia Hub-2 & T-Hub today entered into a strategic partnership to reimagine banking and drive innovation in fintech space. This partnership would leverage a network of fintech start-ups to make banking simpler, seamless and joyful for customers. Further to its quest to lead digital transformation, DAH2 aims at driving innovation and agility in banking through this partnership.

Programs announcement include: 

4.         Agri-Tech Accelerator announcement with ICRISAT, RVP & T-Hub
T-Hub’s AgriTech Accelerator Program is a startup focused initiative created in partnership with ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics) and powered by RViP (Riverbridge Ventures Innovation Platform). It is a unique three-month accelerator program, which enables AgriTech start-ups to move game-changing products to market and scale their existing businesses, providing Market, Business Scale, Global Exposure, Funding Support, Expert Advice, Corporate Partnerships, Government Connects, and more game changing opportunities.

5. CL Educate- Innovation Partnership for student innovation
T-Hub and CL Educate entered into an MoU to make innovation accessible to millions of youngsters in schools, colleges and jobs. Awareness, research, Technology-platform, curriculum, access to mentors and funds, are some of the benefits that will reach young entrepreneurship aspirants through this collaborative partnership. 

T-Hub and CL Educate also hope to bring in innovation driven corporations to support and benefit from this program.

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