Indian IT giant mentors UK digital entrepreneurs


Indian IT giant mentors UK digital entrepreneurs

Karl Flinders

Indian IT services company Infosys will mentor British entrepreneurs focused on digital, wireless and mobile technologies.

A total of 16 entrepreneurs – who attended the Web Mission 2013 to India in February 2013 – will receive a UK base mentor from Infosys to support them. The Web Mission is supported by the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

"Not that long ago, Infosys walked in the same shoes as these entrepreneurs," said Infosys executive co-chairman S Gopalakrishnan. 

"We built our business to become a global company in three decades, so I hope to bring some lessons about entrepreneurship in India to these companies. We are supporting them both in India and, after they return to the UK, helping and advising them on how to capitalise on the opportunities for emerging technology companies in the Indian market."

Bruce Hellman, CEO at uMotif, one of the Web Mission companies, said: "Once a small business itself, Infosys knows exactly the challenges we have in building our company, and I know that working with a global leader will help uMotif open doors and identify opportunities that might take much longer otherwise. 

"I am particularly looking forward to exploring how Infosys can help us take our patient-focused adherence and self-care software to the Indian market."

Start-ups on Web Mission 2013 also included Audioboo which allows users to record audio and post over social networks; and BuffaloGrid, which provides mobile charging power to rural areas of the world.

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