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Indian startups need to scale up: Shaw

By Religare
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A vibrant start-up scene is welcome, but newly incorporated companies should aim for scaling up their innovations given the peculiar needs of a large country like India, Biocon chairperson and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said as per the PTI report.

"India can not afford just to be a start-up nation, we have to scale up because we are too large a nation and economy to be like what Israel is doing," Shaw said at the second SBI Economics and Banking Conclave.

 

She said Israel is the undisputed start-up nation, but it can live off licencing the innovations which come from the start-ups, but in India, the companies have to focus on exploiting them commercially.

"I think we need to focus on how do we scale up these very successful start-ups. That is where the impediments are in a country like ours because we will never be able to scale up to the potential that they have," she said.

Shaw said in sectors like biotechnology, the emergence of start-ups is resulting in a reverse brain drain, with talent returning to India to join the new companies.

It can be noted that many start-ups have flourished over the last few years in the country, which now has the entire ecosystem, including incubation centres, co-working places and funding sources, in place.

This led Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exhort the people to have more such companies in his Independence Day speech.

Story first published: Friday, August 21, 2015, 9:10 [IST]
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