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Indo-European Business Forum 2018 Launches Acceler8 Startup Summit

Indo-European Business Forum 2018 Launches Acceler8 Startup Summit

Acceler8 programme shall address ground issues like recruiting, fundraising, and more

The programme aims to enroll 100 Indian startups into the community by 2019

The summit, held in London, focused on women entrepreneurs

The Indo-European Business Forum (IEBF), an independent organisation facilitating a two-way flow of trade and investment between India and EU member countries, launched its startup Summit – ‘Acceler8’.

Focussing on building a collaborative community of bright and driven founders, investors and mentors, the programme aims to enrol approximately 100 Indian startups in the community within the first year.

Acceler8 programme shall address ground issues like recruiting, fundraising, legal and finance guidance, product development and product-market fit.

The summit, held in London, focused on Women in Entrepreneurship, where panel including Catherine Wines, Director and Co-founder, World Remit; Gabriela Hersham, Co-Founder and CEO, Huckletree; Savannah De Savary, Co-Founder and CEO, Built-ID and Cassandra Harris, Founder and MD, Venture Spring, talked about their experiences, early days, challenges faced and the Do’s and Don’ts of starting a company.

Baroness Sandip Verma, Chairman, European External Affairs Committee and keynote speaker at the summit noted that studies have shown that 85% of the purchasing decisions are made by women and women-led companies to have greater profitability and growth. However only 3% of the venture capital investment dollars go to companies with a woman CEO and only 15% of companies receiving venture capital dollars have a woman on the management team.

Baroness emphasised, “We might not have experienced the shambolic global economic crisis in 2008 and the dire state of politics could have been much better had women risen and participated both in running the economy and the politics”

The programme also aims to partner with angel investors and budding venture capital firms, to create deal flow opportunities for startups in India.

Ranu Gupta, founder of WizCounsel and  Vice President, INDIA- Chapter at Indo European Business Forum said that the Indian Startup Ecosystem has become sector agnostic, vibrant and multi-dimensional in terms of solving problems both for consumers and businesses, generating employment and creating globally acceptable products.

“Since 2014, the Indian startup ecosystem has seen investment worth $33.62 Bn. The financial year 2017 saw an investment of $13.7 Bn across 820 deals. It is our aim to create a collaborative platform for budding entrepreneurs in India through Acceler8. We hope that we are able to resolve some of the ground issues that start-ups face,” Gupta added.

With more than a decade of working to support India and EU relations, IEBF acts as a facilitator between EU and Indian businesses and provides quality services to its members enabling their business to flourish.

India: Working Globally To Grow Globally

With increasing international presence and strong economic performance, India has been collaborating with a number of countries — the Netherlands, UK, France, US, Estonia, Germany, and Russia — in the last few years at various levels, especially to strengthen startup ecosystems across borders.

Here are some such collaborations:

  • In October 2018, India and Japan launched the India-Japan Startup-hub, India-Japan Cooperation on Digital Partnership and more
  • In March, Estonia introduced its E-Residency programme to enable Indian startups to work in Estonia without any hassle. The scheme offers startups a government-issued digital ID, thus enabling them to open a global EU company online while working from India.
  • The Netherlands, in partnership with Invest India, launched StartupLink to address startup concerns in terms of taxes, policies, and other issues.
  • France, last year, sent a 65-member delegation to India, which discussed organising startup summits as well as incubating shortlisted startups
  • The UK has already started a host of initiatives which include Tech Rocketship programmes,  MIDAS-Fast Five, Access India, etc, to help startups of the two countries
  • In July 2017, Modi launched a five-year technology fund – The Israel India Innovation Initiative Fund, or I4F — to strengthen the business relationship between both countries
  • In June 2017, Modi, along with Portuguese PM Antonio Costa, launched the India-Portugal International Startup Hub

With a jump of 30 places in Ease of Doing Business globally reaching 77th position for 2018, the country continues to forge a path of growth trajectory.