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Nasscom to partner with Facebook for driving tech innovation

17 October 2015

Nasscom, in partnership with Facebook, is launching an innovation programme to make the creative developer community build a billion apps and mobile websites in the country.

Nasscom and Facebook together announced "Leaders Building for the Next Billion Programme" aimed to inspire large-scale innovation for new internet users, a Nasscom statement said on Thursday.

The new programme would support and spotlight developers building innovative apps and mobile websites.

The 'Next Billion Programme' would power Nasscom 10,000 Startup initiative aims to incubate, fund and provide support to 10,000 technology startups in India by 2023, the statement added.

Under the six-month 'Next Billion Programme', Nasscom 10,000 Startups would select 10 developers who demonstrated exceptional commitment to build applications for new-to-internet populations.

Winning developers would receive technical, marketing and financial support and leadership skills along with contacts with industry leaders, CEOs, thought leaders, venture capitalists, ecosystem evangelists, social change leaders, funders and media, the statement added.

Nasscom counts 1,800 Indian and multinational companies as members operating in the software services, software products, consulting services, BPM, e-commerce and web services, engineering services and animation and gaming domains.

"The participants will also qualify for $80,000 (roughly Rs52,00,000) worth of support through our FBStart programme and additional ad credits to build their business," Facebook said.

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