International partnerships

Partnership with Australia

Australia is one of the key GIA partner countries for Karnataka. State specific relations with Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have emerged over the past few years. Bi-lateral high-level delegation visits between Karnataka and Australia have paved way for a deep technology and innovation enabled connection. The Premier of Victoria, Hon. Daniel Andrews visit to Bangalore during January 2018, Victorian healthcare delegation headed by Mr. Terry Symonds, Deputy Secretary, Health and Wellbeing Division, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria during July 2018, interaction betw...

Partnership with Germany

Karnataka has been closely associated with GIA partner Germany over the past few years and the relationship has only been growing. Industry 4.0, Startups and Med Tech have been some common areas of focus for collaboration. Karnataka, in addition to associating with the German consulate has also been closely associating with State of Berlin and State of NRW for executing programs of specific interest to both parties. Over the past 2 years, 3 delegation visits to Germany by GoK officials has been undertaken to further strengthen the relationship, including participation in Asia Pacific Week 2...

Partnership with Netherlands

The Netherlands and Karnataka have shared a strong partnership which has developed over the years. Several Dutch companies, including Shell and Phillips, have their research centres located in Bengaluru, where they are not only conducting cutting edge research on the latest technologies, but also mentoring Indian startups through their incubator programs. Given Bengaluru’s importance, the Dutch Consulate, shifted from Chennai to Bengaluru almost 3 years ago.

Karnataka has established strong relations with the Dutch Consulate in Bengaluru and on a State level basis, C...

Partnership with Finland

Finland and Karnataka have shared a strong partnership as well. Several Finnish companies, including Nokia and Kone, have their research centres located in Bengaluru, where they are not only conducting cutting edge research on the latest technologies, but also mentoring Indian startups.

The Karnataka – Finland Innovation Corridor MoU was renewed (for 5 years) between Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, and Embassy of Finland in December 2018 (during BTS) with the focus areas on Innovation, Science and Research, Skilling, Trade Promotion and Startups. MoU Steeri...

Partnership with France

Karnataka and France have also been longstanding partners. Bengaluru has become a foremost destination for French companies from the IT and consultancy sector. Bengaluru hosts one of the main offices of Capgemini and is home to Gemalto (digital security company), Technicolor (digital animation) and 3DS (visual identity). Atos (IT services provider) which employs about 20 per cent of its global workforce in India, also operates an office in Bengaluru. Several major banking and financial services providers are similarly present, some of which are Crédit Agricole, Société Générale, BNP Paribas...

Partnership with Switzerland

Switzerland has been ranked as the most innovative country according to the Global Innovation Index ranking published by various renowned institutions like the Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. This is attributed to the country’s strengths in innovation, efficient and stable infrastructure and excellent education system with prominent universities.
Switzerland and Karnataka have shared a strong partnership over the years. Switzerland is a key GIA partner country for the Government of Karnataka.

  • April 2019: Digit...

Partnership with UK

UK has been a key Global Innovation Alliance partner for Karnataka with AR/VR, advanced materials, Fintech and AI being few of the areas of focus.

  • UK-India Tech Hub UK India Tech Hub initiative was announced with the following agenda:
    – Use digital skills for inclusive and sustainable economic growth
    – Create jobs
    – Promote cross-border technology transfer in early stage businesses
  • October 2019: Hon’ble DCM Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan met with British Deputy High Commissioner Jeremy Pilmore Bedford. Fou...

Partnership with Israel

Finland and Karnataka have shared a strong partnership as well. Several Finnish companies, including Nokia and Kone, have their research centres located in Bengaluru, where they are not only conducting cutting edge research on the latest technologies, but also mentoring Indian startups.

The Karnataka – Finland Innovation Corridor MoU was renewed (for 5 years) between Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, and Embassy of Finland in December 2018 (during BTS) with the focus areas on Innovation, Science and Research, Skilling, Trade Promotion and Startups. MoU Steeri...

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