Aiming at employment generation for the youths of Haryana, the State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NASSCOM to set up a Start-up Warehouse in Gurgaon. The MoU was signed in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2015. The first-of-its-kind Start-up Warehouse is expected to be functional in the next three months.
Principal Secretary-IT Devender Singh signed the MoU on behalf of the Haryana Government, while NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar signed on behalf of his organisation as part of its 10,000 Start-ups initiative. The warehouse will provide infrastructural support to not only IT-based start-ups, but also in automobile, manufacturing and mega data sectors.
The warehouse, spread over a 16-acre area in HARTRON campus, will initially accommodate nearly 85 workstations. The occupancy would be expanded in a phased manner. It will provide facilities like broadband internet and workstations, along with basic facilities like air conditioning, to the budding entrepreneurs.
Speaking at the Conclave, Chief Minister Khattar said, “This partnership is a step towards accomplishing the dream of ‘Digital India’. With the setting up of a modern Start-up Warehouse, our aim is to make Gurgaon the IT hub of the State. This will also help generate employment opportunities and transform Gurgaon into a smart city.”
Khattar also announced that the Haryana Government would soon unveil a new Information Technology policy to make the State an attractive IT destination. He also underlined that his government has already introduced e-registration, e-stamping and set up Common Services Centres to facilitate people. Moreover, a portal—HarSamay—has also been set up to redress grievances relating to the police department.
Highlighting the features of the MoU, NASSCOM chief Chandrashekhar said, “The aim of the 10,000 Startup programme is to encourage young entrepreneurs to present their ideas and provide them with sufficient support to pursue their dream. We are extremely excited to set-up this warehouse to evangelise innovation among entrepreneurs in Gurgaon and would like to thank the State Government for all their support and cooperation.”
“NASSCOM’s 10,000 Start-ups programme is supported by Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, AWS and Kotak. The warehouses provide early-stage technology start-ups with highly affordable co-working space conveniently located in the centre of the city,” Chandrashekhar added.