India: A journey through innovation and culture
India is a fascinating country that is in a state of constant change. Here, past and tradition meet rapid development and future, and this kaleidoscope of contrasts has left a deep impression on me over the past three weeks. As part of the "Innovators Connect Tandem" programme initiated by DWIH New Delhi, I had the privilege of exploring India’s burgeoning startup ecosystem while experiencing the country’s rich culture.
Week 1 – Bhubaneswar, the temple town
Our journey began in Bhubaneswar, also known as the "Temple City" of India. Here I had the opportunity to visit the KIIT-Technology Business Incubator and see how a city is creating innovative businesses through the close combination of academic excellence and social responsibility. It was inspiring to see how young entrepreneurs here are turning their ideas into reality, striving not only for commercial success but also for positive change in society.
Week 2 – Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India
Our journey then took us to Bangalore, also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Here we visited the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), a centre for life science research and innovation. The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the networking event and the reception at the consulate with the German ambassador. These events provided an opportunity to make valuable contacts and exchange ideas that could form the basis for future collaboration between India and Germany.
Diese Reise war jedoch nicht nur geschäftlicher Natur. Sie war auch eine Reise des persönlichen Wachstums. Ich hatte das Privileg, neue Einblicke in die Arbeitsweise und die Visionen von Unternehmern in Indien zu gewinnen. Besonders inspirierend war meine Tandempartnerin, Romi Kumari, die mir Einblicke in ihre Arbeit und ihre Leidenschaft für Innovation gab.
Strengthening the connection between India and Germany
This experience has shown me how important it is to further strengthen the bridges between India and Germany. The two countries have so much to learn from each other and can achieve great things through collaboration and exchange.
DWIH New Delhi’s Innovators Connect Tandem programme has given me a unique opportunity to experience India in all its diversity, both culturally and commercially. If you would like to learn more about this exciting programme, visit the DWIH New Delhi website: Link to the programme. It is a trip I can recommend to anyone interested in innovation, culture and shaping the future. Maybe you too will be part of the 2024 journey?