India’s Telangana State Keeps the Ball Rolling with Blockchain-Centered Incubator

Brian Njuguna   Feb 05, 2020 12:00 2 Min Read

The administration of Telangana, a Southern Indian State, has announced the set of a startup incubator for blockchain technology developers. As reported by The Times of India on Feb 4, the incubator progam will be established in collaboration with reputable educational institutions in the state, such as IIIT-Hyderabad and the Indian School of Business. 

Telangana’s notable stride in blockchain

During the rollout of a blockchain accelerator dubbed T-Block, Rama Devi, a senior state official in the Information Technology, Electronics & Communications (ITE&C) department, revealed the kickoff of the blockchain-centered incubator.

She noted, “We have developed 12 use-cases wherein Blockchain technology can be used to solve some of the issues faced by citizens… in the coming days, we are coming up with multiple initiatives such as setting up incubators.”

She added, “For this purpose, we are soon going to set up multiple incubators in IIIT-H and ISB. These incubators will be physical spaces that will provide the startups' access to relevant tech support and mentorship.” 

Expressly, the T-Block accelerator comprises a four-month program presented by the Telangana government in collaboration with IBC Media, Microsoft, and Tech Mahindra. It seeks to bridge the gap endured by Indian startups as they only reap 0.2% from blockchain investments. 

Upon joining the accelerator, startups will be instructed through a one-week boot camp followed by a month-long training event spearheaded by gurus in the blockchain space. 

The Principal Secretary for the ITE&C department, Jayesh Ranjan, acknowledged, “T-Block Accelerator will be a torch-bearer to multiple future Blockchain accelerators in the country, and we are excited to partner with Tech Mahindra to identify and promote innovative Blockchain-based solutions to solve real-world problems.”

Telangana State has been making considerable strides in the blockchain arena. For instance, in November 2019, it revealed that it was to deploy blockchain to stamp out fraudulent academic certificates following distress calls by the US Embassy that some students and employees were using them for application purposes. 

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