More than 100 people crowded into Committee Rooms 14 and 11 of Parliament at the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week for this year’s Europe India Centre for Business & Industry‘s India (EICBI) Technology Summit to listen to panels of speakers from pioneering British and Indian start-ups, major corporates and investors.
Co-organised by Sivaleen Associates and Empact Ventures, this curated event aimed to establish an understanding of the major technological challenges and opportunities in India and the UK, and to connect and enable people, companies and communities to work together. Since it was first held in 2012, the EICBI’s summits have engaged more than 2700 delegates from over 1000 companies.
Kosta Mavroulakis, Founder & CEO at Empact Ventures who is also the UK Vice Chairman of EICBI said the summit came at “a critical time for the UK economy as it faces a crossroads in its relationship with the rest of the world, bringing together leaders of businesses of all sizes to discuss opportunities for collaboration is an important step towards strengthening the longstanding partnership between India and Britain”. Sujit Nair, Chair of the Europe India Centre for Business and Industry went on to add that “the agenda for the summit is structured in way to make these companies aware of these opportunities and to encourage them to invest in India.”
This year’s summit was introduced by Virendra Sharma MP, with other MPs in attendance including Preet Kaur Gill, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Bob Blackman and Ruth Cadbury. “Summits like India Technology Summit at British Parliament help in bringing together various stakeholders who are keen to have a strong relationship between UK and India in one platform and since the summits do attract other members of Parliament and Members of House of Lords, it provides an opportunity for the delegates from specific sectors to discuss their issues with MPs,” Virendra Sharma MP, Chair – Indo British All Party Parliamentary Group. said.
The panels were chaired by the teams behind Empact Ventures and Three Straight Lines from Bournemouth. Panelists included corporate technology leaders from the likes of Hays and Pizza Hut; tech startup founders like Flyero.com, ClickMechanic, Skignz, E-Fundamentals and Hollabox.com; investment platforms such as Seedrs; and leading agencies including LogicShore, Three Straight Lines and Rarely Impossible amongst others.
On the Corporate Innovation Panel, Manoj Agrawal, Director of Digital Services at leading recruiting experts, Hays, explained how the 175-strong team he works with in India use Agile techniques, supported by a core team of 30 in the UK, has delivered technology innovation in the areas of Cloud Computing, Data Science, and Machine Learning. Manoj said: “We have invested in creating a state of the art technology, innovation and digital delivery capability in India. A team of close to 200 Engineers, based in the UK and India, within our Digital and Innovation function works in the most integrated fashion to provide solutions to business problems by harnessing the latest technological trends. Within this Engineering hub based in India, we have successfully scaled Agile product delivery techniques to encompass close to 20 products and projects being delivered at any given point in time. These self-managing teams are organised without any hierarchy whereby every team member plays a specific role in the product development. Our team in India is a core part of our business, The success of this team is a testament to the drive, passion, enthusiasm, and commitment shown by our colleagues in India.”
Another startup that participated in the panels was Flyero.com, founded by Rakesh Bokinala,who believes “the British-India relationship has always been beneficial to each other, but Brexit has the potential to bring collaboration to a whole new level. The skills between these two nations when combined can produce superior results”. The tech startup has built a platform to connect people who frequently fly between the UK and countries like India that can assist other flyers who do not speak the language and require a travel companion to assist them.
Another MP who joined the summit was Bob Blackman MP who believes that “as the UK begins to negotiate its relationship with Europe, there has never been a more pertinent time to rejuvenate our existing partnership with India and to start an exciting new chapter in the history of these two great nations. The India Technology Summit takes an important step towards that goal by bringing together some of the brightest minds in the industry to discuss, debate and examine how these future opportunities can be realised”
For further information about the Europe India Centre for Business and Industry’s next summits visit www.eicbi.org
Notes to the editor
About Europe India Centre for Business & Industry
Europe India Centre for Business and Industry is an independent, nonpartisan organisation which promotes business opportunities across various sectors in Europe and India. Europe India Centre for Business and Industry was formed with the intention of making European companies aware of the business opportunities in India and vice versa. The mission of the organisation is to promote trade and investment between India and Europe, and to provide a platform for companies and businessmen who wish to become part of the India- Europe trade community. With seasoned professionals at helm, the organisation also provides all the ground support required for companies to expand and flourish in Europe and India.
For more information visit http://www.eicbi.org
About Empact Ventures
Empact Ventures are startup facilitators and super connectors that:
For more information visit www.empact.ventures
About Sivaleen Associates
Sivaleen is not just any other Business Consulting enterprise. Our empanelled team of experts at Sivaleen / British South India Council of Commerce has lived and breathed multi-cultural and multi-linguistic work environments globally, has delivered our expertise in various international platforms and comprehend the uniqueness of each business that we come across on a regular basis. It’s the delivery partners and consulting arm of British South India Council of Commerce, a London based international trade body focussed on promoting business between UK and India. We provide strategy & consulting, business representation in UK & India, government representation.
For more information visit: https://www.sivaleen.com/