Mr. K Jairaj, Retd. IAS, Chairman of the Start-up Advisory Council of BCIC gave a key note address and said that this Start-up clinic is unique and one of its kind in our country. He recalled the good response to the Start-up Awards of BCIC during last year, in which more than 200 start-ups participated in the event to have a vibrant start-up culture.
Mr. K R Sekar, President, BCIC welcomed the gathering by thanking Dr. CN Ashwathnarayan, Hon'ble Minister, Higher Education and IT, BT and Science & Technology, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, GoK , the Chief Guest for the event. He said India is ranked in the top 3 countries in the world for start-ups, and Bangalore is the Start-up capital for India. Many unicorns have originated from Bangalore. This augurs well to the Honourable Prime Minister's vision on Atmanirbhar Bharat. Many of the Past Presidents and eminent professionals are Mentors to these Start-ups giving guidance at the proposed monthly mentoring programmes free of charge. Sekar also explained the working of BCIC Start-up clinic. BCIC start-up clinic comprises of discussion with Mentor council for all the start-up to share their challenges and the Mentor council will provide them advise and support and mentoring the young start-ups. The Mentor Council of BCIC comprises of experienced and seasoned professionals in the areas of HR, Business Strategy, Scaling up, Finance, Tax and Regulatory etc. The Start-up community can avail the professional guidance of mentors of BCIC and seek their support in any areas on which they need guidance. This is a unique and first of the kind initiative by any Chamber of Commerce.
Minister Ashwathnarayan congratulated the Office Bearers on taking charge on their new assignments. BCIC has been working closely in framing Govt. policies, supporting during Covid-19 pandemic times and coming forward to design a new curriculum to Polytechnic students. This start-up clinic is essential for the youth in concreting and shaping their ideas. Govt. also has come out with many schemes in many educational institutions by promoting incubations, IoT etc., Government will provide all support to BCIC and facilitate these initiatives of BCIC.
Mr. T R Parasuraman, Immediate Past President complimented the Minister's efforts in promoting start-ups, and expressed his best wishes and thanks to Team BCIC.
The BCIC Start-Up booklet on Start-ups was also launched at the event.
Many other eminent personalities spoke on this occasion stressing the need to have a good start-up ecosystem to build a strong future.