This is aimed to create a holistic eco-system for encouraging R&D, innovation, entrepreneurship in the domain of Graphic Design, Gaming & Entertainment, Data Analytics & AI, IT Applications in Healthcare & Agritech and and GIS Applications (including Drone Technology) by providing physical infrastructure and support services for prototyping, developing, testing & marketing through incubating start-ups in these domain.
Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI and Bhuvnesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, MeitY, Government of India launched 5 CoEs.
Rai stated, “OctaNE can revolutionised the tech startup ecosystem in the North East region and enable startups to developing path-breaking products in various emerging tech domains. The entire program of OctaNe has all the ingredients like infrastructure, SIZs & e-Commerce platforms to foster the startups in a collaborative manner. ”
Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of India, said, “8 CoEs under OctaNE are going to further strengthen the tech startup ecosystem in North East. It will be very exciting for the startups to join these CoEs and shape their ideas into innovative products.”
“OctaNE will come to a full circle with the launch of 5 CoEs in Phase-II. We are ready with infrastructure, labs, SIZs, e-Commerce platform, and onboarding of chief mentors to nurture the startups,’’ said P K Das, Director, STPI-Guwahati.
“OctaNE will ignite the innovation passion of startups, budding entrepreneurs, and innovators based out in North East and revolutionize the tech startup ecosystem in the region while endeavoring towards transforming India as a software product nation,” stated Subodh Sachan, Director, STPI & MD & CEO, STPINEXT at the launch of OctaNE Phase-II.
The objectives of opening these CoEs are to incubate start-ups in new and emerging technologies in the areas of electronics and IT and to provide a robust platform for start-ups, with single umbrella support services like mentorship services, seed capital assistance, marketing support (including IPR protection) etc.
It is aimed to create employment opportunities in new innovative start-up units. To develop a tinkering and innovation culture amongst students and professionals by establishing innovation zones for start-ups; identification of the core problems of the local industry and finding solutions, and facilitate E-Commerce activities and applications.
IT Applications in Graphic Design at Kohima, Gaming & Entertainment at Aizawl, Data Analytics & AI at Agartala, IT Applications in Healthcare & Agritech at Gangtok and GIS Applications (including Drone Technology) at Itanagar.
Under Phase-I three CoEs Start-up Innovation Zone (SIZ) along with e-facilitation having technology/sector focus viz. IoT in agriculture at STPI- Guwahati, animation at STPI Shillong and AR/VR at Imphal have already been launched on 20th July 2020 wherein, selection and on boarding of start-ups is underway.
OctaNE – Internet worked North East CoEs to support technology-led innovation by STPI. OctaNE is an umbrella of eight Centres of Excellence (CoEs) + Start-up Innovation Zones (SIZs) in northeast region along with e-commerce facilitation, each under CoE+SIZ.
OctaNE will be self-sufficient in its domain but together all CoEs+SIZs will provide bouquet of services to around 367 start-ups in emerging technologies.