Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of Netherlands visited Bengaluru, the 25th May 2018 to strengthen the innovation ecosystem between India and Netherlands. Analysing the business potentials of the Indian market, Startup Link is an umbrella initiative to help the Dutch startups establish their strong base in the Indian market.
The StartUp link initiative has been taken in partnership with the Startup India programme (which was initiated by the Government of India and the campaign was first announced by the Prime minister, Narendra Modi in aug 2015).
According to Jaap Werner, consul general of the Netherlands, addressing the media, said “the delegates will be visiting Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru signing a number of Mous to promote technology and innovation at all levels of universities to SMEs and corporates. In Bengaluru alone, we are expecting to sign 15 to 20 MoUs. This visit will focus to strengthen the bilateral trades and relationships in the areas of healthcare, smart cities, life sciences, waste management and cybersecurity.”
This Netherlands India delegate along with two ministers and the mayor of the Hague to Bengaluru was a 120 member business trade delegation and it was their largest delegation in any foreign country, aiming to portray their business growth and potentials in the Indian Markets.
Sigrid Kaag, the Netherlands minister for foreign trade and development cooperation expected to launch the Indo-Dutch startup link Digital Hub on May 25th.
Discussing about their business ties, NFIA is already offering a helping hand to a number of Indian startups to establish their strong base in the Netherlands. The senior deputy representative consulate general of the Netherlands, Meenakshi PR, advocated that the consulate general would go an extra mile in helping the Dutch startups for their successful and easy launch in Bengaluru and in the entire country.
According to her, “IoT, 3D printing, cybersecurity and block-chain are some of the areas where the startups can collaborate under startup link.” On May 25th, the line-up events included a “Innovative Power Lunch” where the Dutch Prime Minister met 30 top Indian CEOs. This was followed by two parallel sessions on ‘smart cities’-the Future of Living, and Designing the Future – latter talking about the high technologies by Pauline Krikke, the Mayor of Hague. These sessions were meant to focus on the collaboration between Hague and Karnataka on cybersecurity domain.
Without a shadow of doubt, the beginning of the Startup link will not only deepen the economic ties between the two countries but will also bring in innovative and technological advancements and ample number of employment opportunities into the country. An established successful business setup in the country would itself become an advocate to invite other business startups from other countries in India. Since the focus will be put in the areas of healthcare waste management, life sciences and smart cities, there can be no denying the fact that these sectors are going to experience massive developments which will prove to be much beneficial to the country and its people.