Top 10 most enterprising start-up ideas to be felicitated by Cisco and NASSCOM Foundation


Top 10 most enterprising start-up ideas to be felicitated by Cisco and NASSCOM Foundation

NAASCOM Foundation in partnership with Cisco thingQbator, a CSR initiative by Cisco will be felicitating 10 winning start-ups of its 4th Cohort. To accelerate student entrepreneurship and build digital skills under the Cisco thingQbator program, Cisco and NASSCOM Foundation, launched in 2018 are partnered with 18 universities.

Run in these partner universities, “Cisco thingQbator” is a virtual makerspaces program where students can turn their ideas into working prototypes, learn about digital technologies in a hands-on environment and come up with local solutions to local problems.

With the ultimate aim to transform students’ mindsets into being employment generators rather than employment seekers, more than 10,000 students have already been skilled and trained under the Cisco thingQbator program. To produce innovative solutions to resolve real-world business problems, the core spirit of the initiative lies in fostering students. The initiative sharpens their go-to-market skills apart from encouraging design thinking among students.

Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt of India, Rajesh Agarwal said, “India is well known for innovation and well on its way to becoming one of the world’s fastest-growing start-up centres. To further accelerate this movement it is important that student entrepreneurs and Indian universities are given a robust platform to grow and evolve. This means a renewed focus on state-of-the-art incubation centres, mentorship from industry experts and an eye on skilling. It is heartening to note that Cisco thingQbator offers a great mix of these elements. I would urge the youth today to come together and form the heart of this entrepreneurship movement.”

Harish Krishnan, MD and CPO, Cisco India, said, “Considering how critical India’s startup ecosystem is proving to be in solving some of the most daunting issues we face today, it’s important to encourage and nurture innovation at an early stage. Cisco has always championed making entrepreneurship a part of the student DNA early in the learning lifecycle. The Cisco thingQbator platform gives us a chance to build on some important values, entrepreneurship & mentoring, access to digital skills, and local localities skilling to the fore.”