Can India’s Startup and Tech Economy Survive the consequences of COVID-19?

Until COVID-19 arrived, India’s startup and tech economy and its own potential was proving to be promising.

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Having among the largest tech ecosystems on the globe, when 2019 found a close Indian startups raised over $11 billion. From its humble days only around ten years ago, when finding capital to purchase tech was still relatively new, much has changed and India using its startup and tech scene is a lot more advanced. There is a good report from the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) suggesting that within the next five years, India’s tech sectors can attract $21 billion in investment and create 550,000 direct jobs and 1,400,000 indirect jobs. By putting digital transformation at the guts of its plans, it has cascaded to various state-level governments aswell. It has included “Startup India”, whose aim is creating a strong ecosystem for startups that boosts economic growth and job creation.

Then came the novel coronavirus and put a halt to your daily lives around the world. In India, it has also enter into play, prominently as getting the largest lockdown on the planet using its 1.3 billion residents in an effort to maintain social distancing also to protect the public’s health from what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls COVID-19 a pandemic.

Regarding India’s tech and startup community, might it be in a position to survive and continue its way to success post COVID-19?

Continued Support TO IMPROVE Homegrown Innovation and Investment

Measures ahead of COVID-19 have included a simplified business setup, tax benefits, a fund of INR 10,000 crore and financial support for incubators-to name a few. Before the current situation those investments seemed to attended into fruition through economic successes. Startups accounted for 2.64 % of total jobs created in India and by the finish of this past year projected to create 200-250,000 jobs. And 18,000-plus startups were identified by the department for promotion of industry and internal trade until May of this past year.

There were types of successful Indian startups. Among those is Flipkart, that was founded by Sachin and Binny Bansal in 2008 with a sum of $6,000 (INR 4 lakh) and is currently among the largest e-commerce startups in India with a valuation of around $20 billion. Among its biggest successes was the $16 billion investment by American retail giant Walmart, which managed to get the biggest ecommerce deal in the world. Actually both Walmart and Flipkart made news by announcing a joint strategic partnership with another Bengaluru-based fresh produce supply chain startup Ninjacart.

Adaptability To the Changing Market

Fintech, edtech and healthtech were some emerging verticals happening in India, while e-commerce and aggregators have grown to be mature, based on the Startup India website. India hasn’t just attracted foreign direct investment to compliment the supply chain of tech but in addition has created its homemade innovations which have contributed to the global tech ecosystem. For a post-coronavirus world these emerging verticals will have to continue. You will see a high probably that one ones, particularly fintech, edtech, healthtech, ecommerce and agritech will maintain demand globally as, at the moment, a lot of the world is working remotely and several business and personal transactions are being done on a worldwide scale. For example, the global fintech market is likely to grow to $309.98 billion at an annual growth rate of 24.8 % through 2022. Although those figures were published pre-COVID-19, there are obvious indicators that certain components of the global fintech industry such as for example contactless point of sale (POS) transactions will continue steadily to grow, as people currently and in a post-coronavirus world could be more alert to hygienic practices.

Those promising verticals will have to ensure their relevant ecosystems compliment and interact hand-in-hand. This can be the case, for example, in key startup and tech clusters such as for example in Silicon Valley and London’s Tech City, where usage of many different tools needed particularly for tech and startups such as for example finance, talent, and other needs of the supply chain can be found. Regarding COVID-19, a strong it and other relevant infrastructure within a wider digital transformation is more important than ever before.

Regarding India, the maturity and innovation of the country’s key startup and tech clusters must remain fostered. Bengaluru, Mumbai and the National Capital Region, whom the three are actually regarded as the most notable three clusters of startups and wider tech in the united states (they combined have 65 % of most of India’s startups and nearly half of the incubators). Bengalaru, specifically, alone has a lot more than 25 % of total startups in India (such as for example Flipkart and Ninjacart mentioned earlier); from 2014 to September 2018, Bengaluru startups reportedly received $16.2 billion funding across 1,244 deals.

Educate, Retain Talent and Boost Brand India

There must also be a lure to make certain current talent-entrepreneurs who historically may have either started their own business to greener pastures abroad including the US, Canada or the united kingdom, actually stay and reverse any potential country brain drain. Lots of the Indian diaspora, both non-resident Indians (NRIS) and Persons of Indian Origins (PIOs) have already been successful in the tech and startup space, if they are in Silicon Valley including the likes of M.R. Rangaswami who launched Indiasapora. Not to mention on a worldwide scale both NRIs and PIOs have achieved very successful careers such as for example CEOs of large tech multinationals like Google parent company Alphabet, Inc Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.

In a recently available survey of teenagers in India, a third mentioned a career in entrepreneurship. However, it really is note mentioning that India is still closing a skills gap in terms of know-how. Despite ranking top 10 with regard to students graduating in science and engineering, a recently available employability report on engineers showed significantly less than 4 percent had the technical, cognitive and language skills necessary for technology startups. The same report mentioned only 3 percent with new-age skills in areas like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data science and mobile development. Especially now, AI, for example, is proving to maintain demand around the world as it has been used in combination with many governments such as for example in Singapore and China in an effort to help contain and control COVID-19.

Regardless of the current situation, India has a lot of possibility to further accelerate its startup and tech economy. For most countries, India included, a diversified economy that fosters innovation and talent may be the right way to future economic growth.

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