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Bengaluru, NFAPost: Karnataka Higher Education and IT, BT and Science & Technology, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Dr. C N Ashwathnarayan inaugurated Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s (BCIC) Start-up Clinic for 2021-2022.

BCIC, the premier and apex Chamber in the State of Karnataka, virtually inaugurated the Start-up Clinic to benefit emerging pool of entrepreneurs, encourage innovations and move seamlessly towards a digital society.

Inaugurating the event, Dr C N Ashwathnarayan congratulated the office bearers on taking charge on their new assignments and reminded the fact on the pioneering role played by BCIC in working closely with government in framing 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,” said Dr C N Ashwathnarayan

Delivering his keynote address, BCIC Chairman of the Start-up Advisory Council K Jairaj (Retd. IAS) said that BCICI Startup Clinic is unique and one of its kind programme in India.

“Here I would emphasis on the good response to the Startup Awards of BCIC during last year, in which more than 200 start-ups participated in the event to have a vibrant startup culture,” said K Jairaj.

BCIC President K R Sekar welcomed the gathering by thanking Dr. C N Ashwathnarayan, the Chief Guest for the event, for his presence as part of the programme, which is really a motivating factor for budding entrepreneurs.

Speaking at the function, K R Sekar reminded the fact that India is ranked in the top 3 countries in the world for startups, and it is important to note that Bangalore is the Startup 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,” said K R Sekar.

Explaining the programme details, K R Sekar said BCIC Startup Clinic comprises of discussion with Mentor Council for all the startup 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,” said K R Sekar.

BCICI Immediate Past President T R Parasuraman complimented the Minister’s efforts in promoting startups, and expressed his best wishes and thanks to Team BCIC. The BCIC Startup booklet on startups 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. BCICI Vice President Indushekar delivered the vote of thanks.

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