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Nasscom event showcases start up innovations news
By Vivek Dev
10 December 2009

As many as six start up companies from the IT and telecommunications domains presented their innovations during Nasscom's Innovation Awards 2009, (Start up Category) round jointly hosted by Amdocs in Pune on 8 December.

The event started off with an introductory session featuring a panel discussion which took stock of a wide range of issues ranging from government support to innovation to innovations in India driving creating niche markets in US and other parts of the world.

On the issue of support to innovation from the government, while Rajdeep Sahrawat, vice president, NASSCOM, commended the government's role in encouraging innovation, saying that government of the top venture capitalist in the country, Dr Anand Deshpande, CMD, Persistent Systems Ltd viewed the government's approach as stifling innovation.

The stimulating discussion ended with Dr M V Shankar, principal scientist at Dow Chemicals, outlining some model foreign innovations, particularly relevant to the India contcxt, like Live Straw, a straw water filter, which can be used to sip 99.9 per cent pure water from a glass of unfiltered water.

The discussion was followed by presentations from the start ups:

Aspiring Minds aims to bring scientific assessment of talent to various aspects of education, training and employment. The firm presented its methodology of using its solutions that integrate tools for measuring the right mix of capabilities across talent pools from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

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Nasscom event showcases start up innovations