Mumbai to host first India-UK Createch Summit

Mumbai to host first India-UK Createch Summit

A first-of-its-kind conference designed to celebrate and explore how creativity and technology are helping to shape the future is set to take place in Mumbai next month.

Organised by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), the inaugural India-UK Createch Summit will bring together a vast range of businesses from a variety of industry sectors to celebrate technology-driven innovation.

Due to take place on February 6, the one-day summit will consist of exclusive keynote speeches, panel sessions and workshops. It’ll be the centrepiece of a series of events scheduled for January and February aimed at promoting trade between the UK and India.

According to the DIT, the programme will bring together more than 100 British companies from the film, music, healthcare, immersive technology, industrial design and sport sectors with Indian companies, investors, and central and state-level government officials.

Crispin Simon, British deputy high commissioner for Western India and director general of the DIT in India and South Asia. ©Crown Copyright
Crispin Simon, British deputy high commissioner for Western India and director general of the DIT in India and South Asia. ©Crown Copyright

Crispin Simon, British deputy high commissioner for Western India and director general of the DIT in India and South Asia, said: “Increasingly, businesses must collaborate with each other in order to compete successfully in markets.

“That is getting disrupted by the advance of these pioneering new techniques. We hope that in convening Indian and UK businesses at the forefront of their sectors, we will create a unique opportunity for these leaders to partner and do business with like-minded firms with an appetite for innovation.”

February’s summit will also see the winners of this year’s TECH Rocketship Awards unveiled. The annual competition serves to promote some of India’s best and brightest technology start-ups, helping innovative businesses and entrepreneurs scale up, internationalise and access funding through a UK network of venture capitalists, advisors, customers and support networks.

Baroness Fairhead, minister of state at the DIT, will launch the conference, while HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will attend as a special guest. An evening reception will centre on the launch of a new VisitBritain marketing campaign in India titled ‘Find Your GREAT Britain’.

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