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Karnataka Aims to Attract $6.2 Billion in Tech Investments from US, UK, and Europe: Priyank Kharge – PUNE.NEWS



Karnataka Aims to Attract .2 Billion in Tech Investments from US, UK, and Europe: Priyank Kharge – PUNE.NEWS

Priyank Kharge, Karnataka’s Minister for Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, has set ambitious targets for the state to secure investments totaling $6.2 billion across various technology sectors. These include biotechnology, AI, semiconductors, AVGC (animation, visual effects, gaming, and comics), and healthtech, predominantly from companies based in the US and Europe.

Strategic Investment Initiatives

Following a proactive outreach initiative by Karnataka’s IT/BT department, which involved delegations visiting key markets in the US, UK, and Europe, several promising deals are underway. These engagements span from initial discussions to proposals awaiting approval from the State High-Level Clearance Committee (SHLCC), highlighting the state’s robust pipeline of potential investments.

High-Level Engagements and Collaborations

During their visits, the delegation engaged with prominent entities such as SAP Labs, Bloom Energy, Ambient Photonics, Arm Holdings, and Waters Corporation. Meetings with Vinod Dham, founder of IndoUS Venture Partners, further underscored the strategic importance of fostering international partnerships and investments in Karnataka.

Expansion Prospects and Sectoral Focus

The delegation also capitalized on opportunities to collaborate with German companies interested in expanding into India, particularly in sectors like semiconductors, electronics, and heavy industries. This proactive engagement is expected to pave the way for significant investments in Karnataka’s burgeoning tech landscape.

Global Roadshows and Outreach Efforts

Additionally, Karnataka’s IT/BT department conducted impactful roadshows across major European hubs, including London, Paris, Annecy, Geneva, and Munich. These efforts aimed to showcase Karnataka as a premier destination for global investments across electronics, IT, biotech, and related sectors.

Innovation and Startup Ecosystem

In line with its commitment to fostering innovation and supporting startups, Karnataka is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with Stanford Biodesign. This collaboration will facilitate mentorship and accelerator programs for medtech startups under the ‘Founders Forum’ initiative, expanding Stanford University’s global footprint to Bengaluru.

Future Plans and Collaborative Frameworks

Looking ahead, Karnataka plans to launch a comprehensive ‘Startup Directory’ to catalog all startups in the state, enhancing visibility and connectivity with venture capitalists. The upcoming startup portal will serve as a dynamic platform for startups and investors to engage, fostering growth and innovation within the ecosystem.

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