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T-Hub Shortlists 45 Innovative Startups for the Third Batch of its Incubation Program Lab32
T-Hub Shortlists 45 Innovative Startups for the Third Batch of its Incubation Program Lab32

 T-Hub, which leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem that powers next-generation products and new business models, today announced the selection of 45 startups for the third edition of its incubation program, Lab32. It is a comprehensive incubation program, which is tailor-made for early-stage tech product startups

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T-Hub Celebrated its 4th Anniversary of Empowering and Enabling the Innovation Ecosystem
T-Hub Celebrated its 4th Anniversary of Empowering and Enabling the Innovation Ecosystem

T-Hub made key announcements on its fourth anniversary celebrations

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Budget 2020: Government should rationalize GST rates on live entertainment, says BookMyShow’s Mitesh Shah
Budget 2020: Government should rationalize GST rates on live entertainment, says BookMyShow's Mitesh Shah

Budget 2020: Rationalizing GST rates on live entertainment will help attract investments and make India a world class entertainment destination – believes Mitesh Shah, Head – Finance, BookMyShow – as we move closer to this year’s Union Budget.

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FICCI FLO signs MoU with We Hub to provide incubation support to women entrepreneurs
FICCI FLO signs MoU with We Hub to provide incubation support to women entrepreneurs

Sona Chatwani chairperson of FLO Hyderabad said that it is a knowledge enrichment activity connecting FLO Entrepreneurs with mentors in chosen areas such as branding, market research, mentorship.

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In a rocky startup world, candidates toss questions to interviewers
In a rocky startup world, candidates toss questions to interviewers

Young employees are more concerned about their earning capacity while for experienced candidates, it is about their role, ownership of tasks, job security and opportunity to grow

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Kerala govt to launch Super Fab Lab in collaboration with MIT in Kochi
Kerala govt to launch Super Fab Lab in collaboration with MIT in Kochi

Fab Labs are fabrication laboratories offering digital fabrication and computation. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the new Fab Labs on January 25

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SoftBank brings in new India head to help its startups address government and policy issues
SoftBank brings in new India head to help its startups address government and policy issues

India has been among the key markets for SoftBank Vision Fund with OYO and Paytm among the crown jewels in Masayoshi Son’s portfolio having put billions of dollars.

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Telangana government’s T-Hub celebrates four years of promoting startups; to move into new premises
Telangana government's T-Hub celebrates four years of promoting startups; to move into new premises

The startup incubator will continue to work with TSIC, T-Works, WE Hub, RICH, TASK, and develop a collaboration model to engage technology ecosystem partners.

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Budget 2020: Indian startups pin their hopes on Nirmala Sitharaman to lessen entrepreneurship woes
Budget 2020: Indian startups pin their hopes on Nirmala Sitharaman to lessen entrepreneurship woes

All eyes will be on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as the startup ecosystem is hoping the Union Budget will take measures to improve investment in-flow, and solve some pressing taxing issues around ESOP, LTCG, and GST.

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Indian aviation startups to pitch for support at Singapore Air Show 2020
Indian aviation startups to pitch for support at Singapore Air Show 2020

More than 60 startups from 10 countries, including India, are scheduled to make presentations on a wide range of domains during the show

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Zomato acquires Uber Eats business in India to consolidate position
Zomato acquires Uber Eats business in India to consolidate position

Uber Eats in India will discontinue operations and direct restaurants, delivery partners, and users of the Uber Eats apps to the Zomato platform

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Startup India tableau in Republic Day 2020
Startup India tableau in Republic Day 2020

Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to build a strong ecosystem to nurture innovation, drive sustainable economic growth.

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Telangana under spotlight at Davos 2020 summit: Initiatives that helped state rise as an IT hub in no time
Telangana under spotlight at Davos 2020 summit: Initiatives that helped state rise as an IT hub in no time

India’s youngest state Telangana has left behind other experienced states of the country in many areas. The state has earned a significant mention for itself at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in the Swiss Alpine town of Davos every year. The four-day event, which starts today, will be attended by Telangana IT and Industry minister KT Rama Rao for the third time in a row.

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Budget 2020 expectations: Here’s what startups want from FM Sitharaman
Budget 2020 expectations: Here’s what startups want from FM Sitharaman

The finance ministry may provide tax sops to startups in the Budget 2020-21 to support the growth of budding entrepreneurs

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Anthill Ventures, AWS announce third edition of Merge
Anthill Ventures, AWS announce third edition of Merge

Merge 2020, in association with HSBC India, is an event focused on fostering co-innovation and collaboration between tech startups, blue chip corporates, and global investors in the ecosystem.

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Why investing in startups is serious business
Why investing in startups is serious business

Rajan Anandan, MD of Sequoia Capital, shares his take on unicorns in India and the important things he looks out for

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Fintech Trends: Mobile-first approach and data science are giving a fillip to fintech
Fintech Trends: Mobile-first approach and data science are giving a fillip to fintech

The trends shaping fintech startups in 2020 involve a highly aware customer base and further innovations in data science and data engineering.

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Microsoft for Startups sets the stage for unicorns to emerge from Tier II cities
Microsoft for Startups sets the stage for unicorns to emerge from Tier II cities

The Microsoft for Startups programme’s Highway to a Hundred Unicorns initiative is keen to tap into startups from Tier II locations in India, and having them closely integrated with the company’s cloud platform, Azure

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Odisha CM Urges Entrepreneurs To Invest In Sports Sector
Odisha CM Urges Entrepreneurs To Invest In Sports Sector

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday exhorted startups and entrepreneurs to invest in sports as the state is promoting the sector in a big way.

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Hyderabad startups urge Centre for tax breaks, more funds
Hyderabad startups urge Centre for tax breaks, more funds

Stakeholders demand a slew of sops in the Union Budget, including digitisation of various tax filing procedures

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Startup Street: As OYO, Ola cut workforce, 2020 tough year for startup, SME employees
Startup Street: As OYO, Ola cut workforce, 2020 tough year for startup, SME employees

OYO alone is laying off 1,000 employees this month and more could follow in the coming months. The unicorn’s founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal reached out to employees citing the startup’s new priorities for 2020 in a bid to restructure manpower.

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Wipro Ventures raises $150 million fund to invest in startups
Wipro Ventures raises $150 million fund to invest in startups

Wipro Ventures, managed by Biplab Adhya and Venu Pemmaraju, has so far invested in 16 early- to mid-stage startups

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Budget 2020: Fintech startups expect lower corporate tax rates, more transparency
Budget 2020: Fintech startups expect lower corporate tax rates, more transparency

Budget 2020: When the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2020 in Parliament on February 1, fintech startups would be hoping that the government maintains the already lowered corporate tax rate of 22% that has helped them scale up operations. 

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Record number of startups to show up at Auto Expo
Record number of startups to show up at Auto Expo

Most startups to display products and technology in e-mobility space.

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‘I’m not used to delays,’ says Narayana Murthy at Amazon event
'I’m not used to delays,' says Narayana Murthy at Amazon event

The two-day summit for SMBs, which was attended by Jeff Bezos, began nearly 90 minutes late

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One of Uber’s most powerful women leaves to start a VC fund
One of Uber’s most powerful women leaves to start a VC fund

Just 12% of startup investment firms in the U.S. have women in decision-making roles with the power to write checks.

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KSUM to hold summit for promising startups
KSUM to hold summit for promising startups

The event envisages funding those upstart businesses that have outstanding ideas and models but are financially struggling to hit the market.

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AI startups raised $18.5 billion in 2019, setting new funding record
AI startups raised $18.5 billion in 2019, setting new funding record

While overall U.S. venture capital funding dipped in 2019, the artificial intelligence sector bucked this trend by reaching a new annual high for money raised by startups.

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Deals in growth-stage startup space climb  to  a  record  $3.1 billion  in  2019
Deals in growth-stage startup space climb  to  a  record  $3.1 billion  in  2019

Startup funding is set to be tight in 2020, after the poor US listings of Uber and Lyft, and WeWork’s IPO meltdown

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Microsoft hunts for unicorns in tier 2 cities in India, selects 54 startups
Microsoft hunts for unicorns in tier 2 cities in India, selects 54 startups

The tech giant’s ‘Highway to a Hundred Unicorns’ startup programme has selected 54 startups from Tier 2 cities, who would get access to a host of business and tech benefits

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Startups engaging consumers via users interactive app
Startups engaging consumers via users interactive app

Startups have started using gamification features to engage their consumers and use their loyalty points through the win.

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Billion-dollar fintech exits
Billion-dollar fintech exits

Source: CB Insights

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Microsoft’s ‘Highway to a Hundred Unicorns’ selects 54 startups from Tier 2 cities
Microsoft’s ‘Highway to a Hundred Unicorns’ selects 54 startups from Tier 2 cities

Telangana Emerge X Winners with (L-R) Lathika Pai – Country Head, Microsoft for Startups, MENA & SAARC; Jayesh Ranjan – IAS Principal Secretary to Government of Telangana, Industries & Commerce (I&C) Dept., & Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (ITE&C) Dept.; Gayle Sheppard – Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure Data; and Rajiv Kumar – MD, Microsoft IDC and Corporate Vice President, Experiences & Devices, India.

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Telangana handholding startups, says Jayesh
Telangana handholding startups, says Jayesh

Telangana IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said, Since the last five years, Telangana actually stood on its policies and we are praised for delivering our promises.

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Budget Expectations 2020: Industry leaders unravel the future of Startups and Technology
Budget Expectations 2020: Industry leaders unravel the future of Startups and Technology

As the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is about to present the Union Budget on February 1, leaders from the technology-based firms give their opinion on how the budget is going to shape the future of technology and the start-ups in India. They talk about various aspects that should be a part of the budget announcements and sectors that must be in the spotlight.

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Entrepreneur with a ‘special’ touch in Hyderabad
Entrepreneur with a ‘special’ touch in Hyderabad

Vasundhara, who was diagnosed with polio at the age of 5, wants to set up a T-Hub-like facility for differently-abled entrepreneurs in Hyderabad

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Budget 2020: Need for comprehensive IPR policy to stimulate innovation in startups, small businesses
Budget 2020: Need for comprehensive IPR policy to stimulate innovation in startups, small businesses

Budget 2020 India: While critics of a robust IP framework view the provision of basic legal protections a daunting task, let’s not forget that IP is an important factor in stimulating the growth of both small business and national economy.

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75 start-ups make the cut for showcasing their technologies at BioAsia 2020 in Hyderabad
75 start-ups make the cut for showcasing their technologies at BioAsia 2020 in Hyderabad

Around 75 start-ups have been selected to showcase their technologies at BioAsia-2020, for which over 300 applications have already been received.

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Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao hardsells T-Hub in meet with New Zealand MP
Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao hardsells T-Hub in meet with New Zealand MP

New Zealand MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan on Wednesday called on IT Minister KT Rama Rao at Pragati Bhavan where the latter explained to her the benefits of investing in Telangana.

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Former T-Hub CEO launches $60m VC fund for tech startups
Former T-Hub CEO launches $60m VC fund for tech startups

Former T-Hub CEO launches $60m VC fund for tech startups

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2020 a crucial year in shared mobility space as startups shift gears
2020 a crucial year in shared mobility space as startups shift gears

2020 will be the year when startups will need to focus on monetization and tweaking pricing models, say analysts

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Mantra Capital launches $60mn fund for tech startups in India
Mantra Capital launches $60mn fund for tech startups in India

Veteran entrepreneurs Jay Krishnan, Srikanth Chintalapati and Kevin Jacobs at Mantra Capital launched the fund that has already raised $24 million out of a total of $60 million.

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Government plans advisory body for startups
Government plans advisory body for startups

To include top names from tech, startups and VC industries as well as govt representatives

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T-Hub, LetsVenture announce first batch of startups for T-Angel
T-Hub, LetsVenture announce first batch of startups for T-Angel

The batch will undergo regular interventions through boot camps and dedicated mentoring to build a strong investment case, which will also help them to raise capital.

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Meet the new breed of ‘super angel’ investors
Meet the new breed of 'super angel' investors

AngelList and ET picked these individuals for the access they enjoy, follow-on rounds they have backed and the overall quality of these startups. ET spoke to these angel investors for providing another filter to the shortlist.

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Experts laud T scope for growth as 60 EIAs await Centre’s nod
Experts laud T scope for growth as 60 EIAs await Centre’s nod
Looking for funding in India? VCs have a soft spot for the male, IIT-ian entrepreneur
Looking for funding in India? VCs have a soft spot for the male, IIT-ian entrepreneur

Venture capital (VC) firms in India hold a narrow worldview when it comes to startup founders.

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Telangana to script ‘smart growth’ saga
Telangana to script ‘smart growth’ saga

State keen on ensuring that IT students do not miss out on emerging technologies: K T Rama Rao

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‘Tech-led startups have over $100 bln in market cap’
'Tech-led startups have over $100 bln in market cap'

India has demonstrated early scale-up successes, depth of founder abilities, and has returned VC money in multiples, say Accel partners

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KSUM eyes Nano Startups for women on career break
KSUM eyes Nano Startups for women on career break

As the future of work in the gig economy is turning brighter, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) is planning to effectively utilize a major potential labour force — women on career break.

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