The U.S.- India Business Council (USIBC) had its West Coast Summit in San Francisco on 8th May, 2017 which had American and Indian entrepreneurs and businesses taking part in it. The Summit was intended to provide an opportunity to discuss current and pertinent issues in the US-India technology partnership such as IoT, smart city planning, India’s move towards a cashless economy and the future of the US-India technological relationship and had focused on fostering initiatives for a better India.
The summit in Silicon Valley was attended by approximately 200 senior-level business leaders and investors including those from amazon, PayPal, Deloitte, facebook, iCreate, Nuveen, mastercard, Mobility Infrastructure Group, Varian Medical and Visa Inc
It also witnessed the presence of Leaders from government of India (Andhra Pradesh) Chief Minister Shri. Chandrababu Naidu, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and Ministry of Electronics and IT, Secretary Aruna Sundararjan who understand the urgency to bring about digital transformation of India. Shri. Naidu was awarded the ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award’, in recognition of his achievement in championing US- India ties in the areas of trade, politics and culture.
With a prestigious line up of speakers including government, prominent businessmen and entrepreneurial ecosystem innovators, the summit was a great success. International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate) was proud to be the knowledge partner for the summit and was represented by CEO Anupam Jalote who spoke about the importance of continuing technological innovation and the potential for Indian and American entrepreneurs to collaborate. Mr. Jalote said: “A new wave of “deliberate entrepreneurs” are leaving corporate careers, evaluating opportunities and starting up”. He added that the next wave of non-IT innovators will “shatter price barriers and bring solutions to the reach of millions who could not dream of them before”.
iCreate and USIBC will now embark on a journey of collaboration which brings together the best of both the worlds: USIBC members offer access to cutting-edge technology along with capital and iCreate brings the exciting entrepreneurial spirit of Gujarat. The innovation centre will enable start-ups and entrepreneurs to build smart cities and IoT-based solutions to meet the Indian market requirements.
This journey started in December 2016 when CISCO began its partnership with iCreate building a state of art IoT Innovation hub to develop and customize solutions for digital technologies at iCreate’s Ahmedabad campus. Mr. John Chambers, USIBC Chairman and Cisco Executive Chairman said: “An institution like iCreate taps into the entrepreneurial spirit of Gujarat, providing the younger generation with opportunities for employment and financial prosperity. Following Cisco’s partnership with iCreate, I am pleased to be part of the innovation and entrepreneurship dialogue between USIBC and iCreate”.
With a unique, world class and brand-new facility in the heart of Gujarat, the heartland of Indian entrepreneurs, iCreate is perfectly positioned to be the ecosystem leader and spearheads the efforts to integrate American and Indian technologies to burst price points and produce en-masse the products required to bring socio-economic and environmental change to India.