Telangana selects cohort of 10 start-ups for govt mentorship programme

The Telangana State Innovation Cell has launched a Government Mentorship Programme by selecting the first cohort of 10 start-ups. The programme has been rolled out for the ITE&C Department, focusing on big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence, media, content and several other emerging technologies, which are potentially useful for solving various problems for the Government.

This is a unique programme in the country, which aims to build familiarity between start-ups and government officials. The programme has received over 200 applications from all over the country, of which 19 were invited for the launch to present their ideas before the panels consisting of government officials and industry experts from 50K Ventures, which is the programme partner.

Selected start-ups for the first cohort of the Government Mentor Programme include Lakeer, Precily, Stumagz, Kaarmic Education Services, Raasta Studios, Red matter, RHPD Software Solutions, Thanos, Legitdoc and IOT Research Labs.

As part of the programme, this cohort of start-ups will be mentored by government officials for a period of three months, where they will be guided to develop products for better governance.

Government Mentor, GTV Rao, Commissioner E-Governance said: “The Government Mentor Programme is reflective of Telangana government’s commitment to work with start-ups to provide better governance and help start-ups in their growth.”

Konatham Dileep, Director, Digital Media, after the pitch sessions by the start-ups said, “We are taking forward two smart solutions and giving them a PoC, and we liked two other digital media solutions, where we will provide mentoring, to make their solutions relevant to work with government or large-scale organisations.”

Vineel Nalla, co-founder, 50k Ventures said, “It was great to collaborate with the TSIC’s initiative of Government Mentor Program, to bridge the gap between government and start-ups.”




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