In order to bridge the digital divide in the country and provide a digital platform for budding startups, today National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), in partnership with IBM, launched a online hub for Mumbai on IBM Cloud. is a digital platform that allows startups, investors and venture capitalists to network in a particular city. It was first launched in Bangalore last year, followed by Delhi. The platform serves as a centralized hub for India’s tech ecosystem, providing information and resources to help turn ideas into businesses, deliver valuable tools for tech startups, and connect citizen entrepreneurs to opportunities in the tech ecosystem. The programme looks at diversifying the tech startup ecosystem within the city where market leaders in the technology space will not only support startups but will also connect with them through the platform.

The platform will also offer a pioneering search engine and database which will profile virtually every city-based tech company and investor; a continuously updated list of tech and start-up job openings, a citywide tech event and class calendar; an interactive map of tech companies, start-up resources across the boroughs; and additional features that combine to create a comprehensive one-stop shop for everything start-up.

Mr. Rajat Tandon, Vice President, NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups, said, “With the launch of in Mumbai, we continue to build upon the momentum of digital penetration in the country. The overwhelming response and success of the Delhi and Bangalore platforms inspired us to bring the same for the aspiring entrepreneurs in Mumbai. We are pleased on partnering with IBM for this and hope to see the startup ecosystem progress through this initiative of ours.”

Ms. Sandy Carter, General Manager, Developer Ecosystem and Startups, IBM, said, “We have collaborated with NASSCOM to provide the cloud technology behind their tech hubs as part of our commitment to the startup and developer ecosystems across India. We hope that entrepreneurs think of IBM as their partner, and see us as their one stop solution for all their needs. We can connect them with the right online resources, provide support and mentorships through the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program and offer them the latest development tools and emerging technologies on Bluemix.”

Built on IBM Cloud, will be updated regularly using tools from Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform that includes tools for social, mobile, analytics, cloud integration, Internet of Things, Watson cognitive computing and more. Additionally, as part of its commitment to the global startup community, IBM will offer local qualified startups up to $120,000 of IBM Cloud credits via the IBM Global Entrepreneur program so that they can build and scale their businesses on IBM Cloud.

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