Bengaluru: Qualcomm India is opening up its Qualcomm Design in India Challenge programme for entrepreneurs supported by MeitY Startup Hub (MSH).

The semiconductor major said it has signed a technical bilateral cooperation pact with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to support these startups.

The collaboration would focus on enabling overall growth of startups and development of soft skills, knowledge base, and opportunities to connect with domain experts, venture capitalists, and other industry accelerators, said the company in a press release.

Having started in 2016, Qualcomm Design in India Challenge supports early stage start-ups, design houses and product companies to invent innovative hardware product designs. Under this programme, benefits from Qualcomm India include prize money, access to software and hardware design tools and labs, technical support from a dedicated engineering team, access to intellectual property (IP) generation incentive of up to$5,000, and access to professional mentorship workshops.

“Over the last three years, Qualcomm India has been encouraging and fostering hardware and IoT startups through our Qualcomm Design in India Challenge. We look forward to expanding our reach through this collaboration and we are grateful to MeitY for giving us this opportunity to share our learnings, domain expertise and best practices with a larger set of startups,” Rajen Vagadia, vice president, Qualcomm India and President, Qualcomm India & SAARC, was quoted saying in the release.

Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, said the resources offered by Qualcomm India would extend this benefit to larger ecosystem of Indian startups.


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