Hyderabad: With an aim to enhance the relationship between startups and government departments, the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) is extending its government mentor programme. While the programme started with the ITE&C and Police department about a year ago, now the Cell is looking at expanding the programme’s reach to departments like Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Agriculture, Health and Education.
As part of the programme, startups from all over India will get a chance to pitch to each department official and have six meetings to discuss their innovation. Once the department head gives nod for the innovation, they will have the chance to practically use the innovation to help the department solve its major challenges. Out of the 200 applicants that the Cell receives for the programme, about 20 will be invited to pitch and out of that 10 or more will be selected to showcase their innovation to the department officials.
“Once the showcase is done, the officials then have six meetings with each of the startup. Post these meetings, the officials have the choice to select as many startups as they wish to solve the challenges they are facing. We have designed the programme keeping startups at the centre stage to build a relationship between government and startups,” said Tarun Kumar Davuluri, senior innovation fellow, Government of Telangana. He also added that the Cell has applied to Harvard University to consider the Government Mentor Programme to be included in their case study.
Citing few examples, Davuluri said that one of the startups called is working on using Google Maps to provide real-time traffic update to city police department and help them managing the traffic in a more efficient manner. While the programme is open for startups from across India, about 50 per cent of the applicants are from Telangana.