NEW DELHI: OPPO India on Saturday entered into an alliance with the Kerala government for Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM) to strengthen the innovation and start-up ecosystem in the state.
“With this association, OPPO will collaborate with KSUM to extend support to the tech start-ups and stimulate incubation activity in Kerala,” the Chinese company in a statement said.
The alliance is aimed at invigorating the start-ups and creating a healthy ecosystem for students, entrepreneurs and the start-up cohort in the state.
The company further said that the MoU reinforces OPPO’s commitment to bolster innovation in India in line with the government’s vision.
As a part of the partnership, OPPO will systematically develop and support start-ups and entrepreneurs working in areas specific to camera and image processing, battery, networks (5G), system performance, payments, Artificial Intelligence, and gaming.
“We are pleased to partner with OPPO for this initiative, to help build a conducive and supportive ecosystem for local start-ups. We have always worked towards introducing programs and initiatives that empower and nurture local startups and entrepreneurs in Kerala, enabling them to establish themselves in their respective industries,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
“We are confident that this partnership with OPPO will help boost Kerala’s efforts to nurture innovations and start-ups in the technology space,” Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission said.
“With this partnership, OPPO along with KSUM aims to create a conducive ecosystem for start-ups by implementing a framework that enables entrepreneurs to scale their businesses, and by creating the necessary infrastructure required for promoting entrepreneurial activities. We are hopeful that this collaboration will go a long way in boosting the start-up ecosystem in the state,” Tasleem Arif, Vice President, and R&D Head, India said.
In line with the Start-up India program and thrust on Digital India, the Chinese firm aims to play an active role in mobilizing the untapped potential of Indian entrepreneurs.
OPPO’s Hyderabad R&D Centre is the largest outside China and has been playing a role in the company’s innovation efforts.