AHMEDABAD: In a major boost to the state’s information technology (IT) industry, National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) is planning to set up a centre for excellence in Ahmedabad. This will be Nasscom’s second centre in India, while the first one was established in Bengaluru. Nasscom’s Centre for Excellence is aimed at nurturing technology- and IT-based startup ecosystem in Gujarat.
Sharing further details, Jaimin Shah, chairman – Domestic Council, Nasscom, said, “We are in talks with the government and things are at the final stage. We expect an affirmation by the end of this month. Through this facility, we will be mentoring and nurturing some 100 IT-based startups in the first phase in next one year.”
Industry insiders claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his upcoming visit to the state, is likely to make the announcement. A total investment of Rs 50 crore is expected to be allocated for the establishment of the centre, majority of which will be contributed by the government.
The centre will primarily focus on startups in three arenas – Internet of Things, Financial Technology and IT infrastructure for manufacturing companies in the state. “The centre will focus on expertise and mentorship in addition to providing facilities such as simulators, cloud-based software support, connecting startups with venture capitalists and providing an international market,” said Shah.
No land has yet been identified for setting up the centre, however, SG Road is being considered as one of the ideal locations, given its accessibility. The current facility in Bengaluru has thus far mentored 200 startups in the past two years. “Gujarat is an ideal location in terms of lower real estate costs, better road connectivity and even infrastructure. Besides, being a manufacturing hub, the state has a major market to serve,” said Shah.
Lack of flight connectivity to major international destinations along with lack of expert mentorship continue as considerable issues for startups in the state.