Seamless integration of governance
The most critical aspect of developing Smart Cities is to find ways for seamless integration of governance through building efficient infrastructure by leveraging technology that is aimed to improve productivity, sustainability and liveability. In this context Microsoft Ventures, DLabs at…

The most critical aspect of developing Smart Cities is to find ways for seamless integration of governance through building efficient infrastructure by leveraging technology that is aimed to improve productivity, sustainability and liveability.

In this context Microsoft Ventures, DLabs at the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business, and Ashoka University, Haryana, have joined hands to launch “AIM Smart City Accelerator Programme” to identify, invest in and support the best startups focused on making cities a better place.

The effort is aimed to bring to Smart Cities a decent quality of life, clean and sustainable environment, robust IT connectivity, or e-governance, and smart solutions for transparent governance.

“This is a unique initiative in the spirit of translating the Government’s focus on Smart Cities into action,’’ says Priyank Narayan, Director – Entrepreneurship Programmes at Ashoka University.

‘’Beyond funding and mentoring, we are also going to liaise with the government to consider the solutions proposed by our startups,” he said.

AIM Smart City Accelerator Programme has come up with a concept to identify startups or entrepreneurs who use connected solutions, technology and systems to productionise ideas and bring these solutions to the market for rapid and mass adoption.

The accelerator is inviting applicants from the startups working on Smart City solutions in the areas of education, healthcare, transport & logistics and Infrastructure.

The startups will be judged on financial viability, technology feasibility, desirability to its target audience, sustainability of the solution and track record of the team.

Startups which are between piloting or are in initial launch to pre-expansion phase can apply for the four-month accelerator programme that will commence from April 25. An investment support of up to Rs 1million will be provided to each team selected.

Microsoft will support this through its BizSpark programme and a recently announced special initiative for Indian technology startups for Smart Cities.

Qualifying startups can apply for individual access up to Rs 8 million worth of Azure cloud computing. The cloud computing capability may be used to create innovative solutions and pilot projects for Smart Cities.

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