Bhubaneswar: Former Director General of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Dr Omkar Rai took over as the Executive Chairman of Startup Odisha on April 25.
On the occasion, he interacted with startups, incubators, industry, academia and other stakeholders.
Startup Odisha is the state agency of MSME Odisha that stresses on development of startup ecosystem in the state. Since 2016, Startup Odisha has been pivotal in nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship by recognizing more than 1200 startups, 21 incubators, 75 entrepreneurship cells under its initiative.
Recently, Startup Odisha has come up with a world-class incubation centre (O-Hub) which comprises state-of-the art, plug-n-play infrastructure to incubate, accelerate startups and support startup activities within Odisha.
Dr Omkar Rai was previously appointed as Director General, STPI under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. Under his leadership, the IT/ITES/ESDM industry witnessed massive growthin the country. He played a seminal role in dispersing the IT/ITeS industry to Tier-2/3 cities in India and revolutionizing the technology startup ecosystem in India.
He has been a protagonist of the software product nation and spearheaded the establishment of 20 Centres of Excellence (CoE) in emerging technologies.
Moreover, Dr. Rai has played a pivotal role in the formulation and rolling out of National Policy on Software Products (NPSP) 2019 in close association with all stakeholders, including IT/ITeS Industry.