Technology Clusters to be Set Up in Tier-II Cities of Karnataka

The ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative of the Karnataka government intends to use the COVID-19 situation in building ecosystems amidst emerging IT destinations. The initiative is also looking at utilising trained human resources by offering them local job opportunities.

The Karnataka government has inaugurated the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) office at Deshpande Startups in Hubballi. This office has been opened as a part of the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative; the office is responsible for creating technology clusters in tier-II cities.

KDEM office is a public and private partnership venture; the office will act as a knowledge hub between the government and industry. It will be a place wherein all stakeholders, including industrialists, academicians, entrepreneurs, startups and thought leaders, come on board.

KDEM Chairman BV Naidu mentioned that, under the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ programme, the set target is to set up 10,000 startups and 10,00,000 IT professionals within 2030. The Karnataka government is determined to balance employment opportunities and economic growth across the state. The ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative aims to alter the digital economy in clusters such as Hubballi, Mangaluru, and Mysore.

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