Following the presentation of the paper, Innovations in Developing Countries: The Startup Ecosystem in India by a team of dedicated writers at The Wilberforce Society, which included a talk by Dr Jaideep Prahbu, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise at the Judge Business School, the writers were invited to take part in Innovate for India, a conference organised by India Global, a UK based think-tank.
The conference lasted two days from the 13th – 14th of May 2016 and attracted venture capitalists, angel investors and notable academics from the UK and India. Among the audience, was also present the Innovation Society, Government of Andhra Pradesh, one of the first of India’s 29 states to come up with an innovation policy to embrace the startup culture in India. It was an important and timely event given the boom in early-stage companies in India and the policy paper was highly commended for its fresh outlook on the issue. To refresh your memory, here is a link to our previous blogpost. The highly anticipated paper is due to publish in September 2016 as the team is currently working on the feedback it received from its presentations and the academics present at the Innovate for India conference.
The Wilberforce Society is a non-partisan, student-run think-tank based in the UK. It seeks to promote constructive and intelligent debate both within and without the University of Cambridge, offering undergraduates and graduates alike the opportunity to become involved with policy conception and analysis with the possibility of creating profound and genuine impact. The Society follows an independent policy agenda set by the Executive Committee but also carries out commissions for external organisations, which in the past has included both Houses of the British Parliament.
The Society is always keen to hear from students about their suggestions for policy papers and gives them the opportunity to contribute in the initial stages as well as later on, as authors and editors. The impactful nature of TWS’s work can be seen from the positive reception they received from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, with the CEO of the Innovation Ministry of Andhra Pradesh offering the policy paper team internships in their government.