According to various speculations, internet giant Google and Odisha government are planning to collaborate to promote the entrepreneurs of the state.
“We are in discussion with Google for collaborations under the different programmes of the internet giant. Google Startup programme has a partnership with three states- Karnataka, Goa, and Telangana where they are supporting startups. We are exploring similar partnership with Google”, said a government official.
The state officials have already identified 250 officials which have the potential to partner with Google for mentoring.
“On an average, we are awarding recognition to 20 new start-ups under the Start-Up Odisha initiative. Out of the total startups recognized by the state government, 50 are in the tech domain,” the official added.
Google plans to provide free credits to the identified startups so that they can channelize their resources towards product development instead of worrying about scaling and securing their infrastructure.
The state is also planning to start the second leg of the startup Odisha Yatra in October. In the first phase, about 50 institutions were covered in the 15 out of the 30 districts in the state.
Odisha aims to emerge as one of the country’s top three startup hubs by 2020.