ICCC Weekly Newsletter 30 July 2021
ICCC’s Startup Initiative
ICCC Board’s Executive Committee meeting with High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and Consul General Apoorva Srivastava
His Excellency Ajay Bisaria, the High Commissioner of Canada to India, recently met the Executive Committee members of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s (ICCC) Board and discussed the roadmap of collaboration between the Indian diplomatic corps in Canada and the ICCC. One of the most significant suggestions that he made was for the ICCC to venture into supporting the startup space in Canada and India.
The startup ecosystem has emerged as one of the key propellers of growth for both the Canadian and the Indian economies, and as the High Commissioner emphasized during our meeting with him, “Tech startups are the future of Canada — India bilateral ties.”
The ICCC Board immediately decided to swing into action on this proposal and setup a startup committee within the board that Sanjay Kulkarni, Vice President and Director, ICCC, is heading. The ICCC will revive its collaboration with the Schulich School of Business and enter into a new collaboration with Ryerson Venture Zone.
The ICCC has a natural role to play in the startup ecosystem because small businesses dominate the ecosystem. We will focus on startup ventures launched by immigrants from India, and, now that we have a fully functional office in India, we are confident that we will be able to help Indian startups take advantage of the new immigration policies such as the Startup Visa Program.
The ICCC is also planning to create a group comprising successful Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs who can become mentors to startup entrepreneurs, and even consider funding some of the ventures they mentor. I invite you to participate in this initiative. If you are interested, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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