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Intel India to open Maker Lab for start-ups

Posted: 06 Aug 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Maker Lab  innovation  start-up  prototype 

Local innovators and start-ups will get a boost in their capabilities with Intel India's plan to build and open Maker Lab, an innovation centre, in its Bengaluru campus, a report from The Economic Times stated. The move is also intended to speed up hardware design innovation in the country.

The timing of the plan is perfect as the Indian government offers tax incentives and higher foreign direct investment limits, among others, to attract more companies from abroad. In addition, Asia's third largest economy is slowly becoming enthusiastic about the concept of maker spaces. Among the top maker spaces in its shores right now are Workbench Projects and IKP EDEN.

"With the Intel India Maker Lab, we are offering a strong platform to India's vibrant start-up ecosystem, and encouraging young innovators to turn their ideas into exciting and relevant products for India," said Kumud Srinivasan, president, Intel India.

Local Indian entrepreneurs will receive mentoring and business connection from the lab, which will also provide the infrastructure, reference boards, development kits, hardware and software tools. Hopefully, these offerings will push innovators to create and test their ideas that will eventually lead to products and solutions.

Intel India, however, emphasised that Maker Lab was neither a non-profit initiative nor created as an extension of its software development activities. The company also stated that aside from start-ups, it would also work closely with the government incubation initiatives and accelerators to bring the products to the market immediately.

Should start-ups develop a successful prototype, Intel India will provide assistance by linking them to local technology ecosystem like electronic manufacturing service providers, independent software vendors, system integrators and original design manufacturers to take the innovation to the next level.

Apart from the Maker Lab, the company will also establish the Intel India Maker Showcase. This initiative will serve as a venue for delegates and visitors from the ecosystem to witness and experience products and solutions both from the Lab and from Intel.

- Stephen Padilla
  EE Times India





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