The Startup & Innovation team at KDEM works on sustainable growth agenda with startups at all maturity levels. The team works very closely with startups led by student entrepreneurs in their pre final and final year of engineering. The S&I team also works closely with accelerators and incubators to boost the startup ecosystem in the state. For bootstrapped startups, the team focuses on selected agendas such as providing relevant services through various initiatives.
Through flagship initiatives such as Beyond Bengaluru Blue, Cluster Seed Fund, and tie-ups with partner organizations, KDEM aims to bring the members of the startup ecosystem together to collaborate and scale up their growth. The main objective of the Startups & Innovation team at KDEM is to provide startups an easy access to capital, mentorship & networking opportunities. The team also works with large startup enterprises for policy advocacy issues.
KDEM through its Startups & Innovation vertical plans to support Startup Policy facilitation, support Innovation framework through CoE, TBIs, NAINs and CIFs and facilitate Industry connect & Enterprise connect programmes for Start-ups. KDEM plans to handhold startups and facilitate investor connects by conducting various programmes and undertaking initiatives like designing and implementing a digital research hub and providing support to elevate companies through effective mentoring & acceleration programs.
Mission of skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling the
youth should go on relentlessly
Prime Minister of India
We are focused on unleashing the potential of Karnataka's skilled workforce by empowering our youth with education, skill development and entrepreneurship to enable their holistic growth
Shri Basavraj Bommai
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka
Skill Karnataka aims to ready the youth for future - provide them with knowledge, skills and opportunities to pursue their dreamms and compete at the global level. Our mission is jobs for all
C. N. Ashwath Narayan
Minister of Skill Development
The Beyond Bengaluru initiative of the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) is spearheading the objective of proliferating the growth of digital economy in clusters beyond Bangalore. This is done for select identified clusters in the state by developing and facilitating a product-based ecosystem. Building a community of key industry players, entrepreneurs, start-up owners, academia, accelerators, and student community, the Beyond Bengaluru program of KDEM is steering towards getting investments and generating employment in the State.
The Beyond Bengaluru initiative is DRIVING THE NEXT by contributing to Government of Karnataka’s existing efforts of moving technology and innovation to the cities beyond Bengaluru. Bangalore has already proven to be the investment hub of leading companies. Now, KDEM is putting efforts to enhance the ecosystem of Karnataka by makingthe Beyond Bengaluru clusters hubs of innovationthrough building strong industry connects, resulting in an increase in demand from IT/GCC/ESDM companies for workforce these cities.
Nearly 50% of the recognized startups in India are now from Tier 2 and 3 cities. This is a big testament to the fact that the startup revolution in India has reached all corners of the country, moving beyond Bengaluru, Mumbai, and National Capital Region (NCR).The need of the hour is to ensure these startups are given easy access to capital to provide them an equitable opportunity to scale up.
The Beyond Bengaluru Cluster Seed Fund initiative is aimed at providing funding support for early-stagestartups of the Beyond Bengaluru Startups in Mysuru, Mangaluru and Hubballi- Dharwad-Belagavi clusters.
The Fund is intended to invest in unlisted start-ups, early stage, small and medium enterprises, and such other enterprises driven by innovation. KDEM is the implementing agency forthis initiative.