India: B-Nest, a venture of Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited announced a strategic partnership with Esri India. This partnership will fuel the growth of GIS focused start-ups from Madhya Pradesh and enable them to innovate new solutions for complex challenges India is facing and scale them further for global adoption.
The partnership will provide a platform for start-ups incubated by B-Nest to leverage Esri ArcGIS technology. As a part of this initiative, Esri India would provide start-ups with free access to ArcGIS mapping platform, software development tools and APIs, ready-to-use content and technical mentorship.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Bhopal Smart City said, “We are very happy to collaborate with Esri India, market leader in GIS technology. Leveraging Esri’s globally renowned ArcGIS platform, the start-ups will be able to build robust solutions quickly and scale them to the next level faster. The initiative will also bring investors, customers or seed funds closer to the start-ups and make Bhopal a preferred investment destination for them.”
On the occasion, Mr. Agendra Kumar, President, Esri India said, “GIS technology already playsa significant role in addressing major challenges such as climate change, sustainability, safety, security and rapid urbanization, which are also the priority areas for our nation. Our partnership with B-Nest will accelerate innovation in the start-up community to develop unique solutions, which address such challenges in an Indian context.”
B-Nest provides 24/7 co-working space, access to infrastructure, connectivity, mentorship, business model guidance and investor access to the start-ups which will help them grow faster. Start-ups who present a strong business plan can have the opportunity to participate in Esri’s three-year global Start Up program that gives emerging businesses the tools to build mapping and analytic capabilities into their products.