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Gladys Berejiklian, an Australian politician who is a Premier of New South Wales (NSW)– a southeastern Australian state, today announced a two-year $1.58 million partnership between NSW and India to enhance the State’s startup, technology and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Ms Berejiklian made the announcement in Mumbai at accelerator Zone Startups and said it will allow NSW entrepreneurs and technology businesses access to new markets, talent and knowledge.

The funds will be used to send NSW young entrepreneurs and startups to India to learn from the country’s best and brightest, to support commercial connections between startups in NSW and India and on fostering collaboration on advanced technology projects.

“NSW is Australia’s startup and technology capital and this partnership will ensure our industries grow alongside one of the world’s most dynamic technology markets,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Our state is home to 44 per cent of the nation’s startup founders and 40 per cent of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry.

“This important partnership will allow us to learn from India’s best and brightest so that we can create the smart jobs of the future.

“This partnership will provide NSW businesses with incredible access to some of the best entrepreneurs and technology experts in the world and I look forward to seeing the results over the next two years.”

The Premier is in India on a trade mission visiting Mumbai and New Delhi between April 16 and 19.

India’s Other Startup Programmes with Other Countries

In February, Zone Startups has been chosen by the Canadian Government and Indian Government to establish a new bi-lateral program to support entrepreneurs from both countries, through a market access program. The program is jointly funded by respective ministries from Canada and India, under the aegis of the Canada-India S&T Agreement.

In the same month, US Embassy had too launched the Nexus Startup Hub at the American Center in Delhi, with emphasis on women entrepreneurship.

Moreover, a lot of Indian Startups are now choosing Canada over the US due to later’s visa uncertainty trouble, cracking the US immigration system nowadays has also become a very difficult task, a feat which only a lucky few are able to achieve. Canada has emerged as a popular immigration choice amongst Indian entrepreneurs after the US due to the clarity the country offers under its Canadian Startup Visa or SUV programme.

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