With an objective to promote the exchange of ideas among entrepreneurs who are on the path to commercialization, connect them with experts, and help our entrepreneurs learn from each other, the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) organised the “U.S.-India Startup Assist” Workshop on November 16, 2015 at the FICCI-Lead Incubation Centre in Noida.

About 30 award-winning entrepreneurs of the several U.S.-India programs including the U.S.-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund, Millennium Alliance, DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program, Stanford India Bio-design Program, and the DST-IUSSTF-Anita Borg Institute Women Entrepreneurship Quest were invited from across the country.

Through the workshop, the entrepreneurs identified common challenges faced by the startups and suggested solutions. The broad discussion areas included product commercialization, team building, branding, product promotion, government support, scaling up of a venture, regulatory compliance, and fundraising. There was special focus on “promoting women entrepreneurs in science and technology,” which remains a priority for bilateral engagement between the governments of the United States of America and India.

The workshop was intended to further the engagement between the United States and India on science and technology entrepreneurship issues, as well as commemorate the Global Entrepreneurship Week (http://www.gew.co/), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, to promote and celebrate entrepreneurship worldwide.