In a strategic move aimed at bolstering innovation and entrepreneurship throughout India, the Atal Innovation Mission has announced an upcoming peer-to-peer workshop titled “Building State-level Innovation Ecosystems.” This significant event is scheduled to take place from November 6th to 8th at the esteemed Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM Bangalore) and will provide a unique platform for states and union territories (UTs) across India to collaborate, exchange insights, and develop strategies for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) within their respective regions.
India has seen a remarkable rise in the Global Innovation Index, climbing from 81st to 40th place, highlighting the nation’s substantial innovation potential. To maintain this impressive trajectory and break into the top 25, it is crucial for India’s diverse states to join forces in building resilient I&E ecosystems tailored to their unique strengths and local contexts. These ecosystems play a pivotal role in fortifying regional industries, driving economic growth, and generating employment opportunities, as stated by Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission Dr. Chintan Vaishnav during a pre-event press conference.
While states across India have already embarked on the journey to construct robust I&E ecosystems, supported by central government initiatives, a multitude of state-level models have emerged, each offering valuable insights and achievements. However, this state-level workshop has been thoughtfully designed to harness the power of mutual learning among states and UTs, fostering a shared commitment to advancing their respective state-level I&E ecosystems.
The primary objective of this workshop is to unleash the potential of peer learning across states and UTs, propelling each state-level ecosystem forward. In addition to sharing state/UT-level innovation and entrepreneurship models, participants will exchange ideas, strategies, and experiences, showcasing successful implementations and the knowledge they have gained in building innovation ecosystems.
Moreover, the workshop aims to establish a dynamic network of state and UT-level ecosystem builders who can continue to collaborate, exchange ideas, and drive progress beyond the workshop. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore parts of the Karnataka innovation ecosystem during the event, enhancing their understanding of successful innovation practices.