London and Bangalore: Indian IT consultancy Infosys is to mentor British high-tech entrepreneurs after an inaugural "Web Mission" to its Bangalore campus.
Infosys will support 16 of the United Kingdom's emerging digital, wireless, and mobile software technology companies.
The firms, regarded as some of Britain's most promising technology companies, were on an entrepreneur-led trade mission to Bangalore and New Delhi this week with the aim of developing new relationships and opening up their business to the Indian market.
Infosys hosted the first major session in Bangalore and will provide each company with a UK-based mentor to support them and drive business opportunities in the sub-continent.
During the session at the Infosys campus in Bangalore, one of the company's seven founders, the Executive Co-Chairman S. Gopalakrishnan, spoke to the group about the early stages of Infosys as well as his role as President Designate of the Confederation of Indian Industry. Web Mission 2013 delegates also received an overview of the Indian business and technology scene.
"Not that long ago, Infosys walked in the same shoes as these entrepreneurs," Gopalakrishnan said.
"We built our business to become a global company in three decades, so I hope to bring some lessons about entrepreneurship in India to these companies. We are supporting them both in India and, after they return to the UK, helping and advising them on how to capitalize on the opportunities for emerging technology companies in the Indian market."
Bruce Hellman, the chief executive officer of uMotif, one of the Web Mission companies, said, "I am really looking forward to benefiting from a UK mentor from Infosys. Once a small business itself, Infosys knows exactly the challenges we have in building our company, and I know that working with a global leader will help uMotif open doors and identify opportunities that might take much longer otherwise. I am particularly looking forward to exploring how Infosys can help us take our patient-focused adherence and self-care software to the Indian market."
The Mission was supported by the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), alongside other private sponsors, and organized by The Long Run Venture and the Co-Sponsorship Agency.