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India has been ranked the top innovation destination in Asia and is the world’s third largest destination for imported research and development. Innovation will be crucial to maintaining India’s projected economic growth over the next twenty years.

The abundant start-up ecosystems and world-standard technology clusters already present in India draw increasing interest and foreign investments. India as a destination for research and entrepreneurship offers a huge talent pool, a large and diverse market, as well as proximity to not only regional markets, but multinational corporations with bases in India.

Australian expertise in agri-tech, health, water management, energy efficiency, and renewables is highly valued in India’s growth plan, and Indian expertise in data analytics, biotech, and mobile applications will prove to be invaluable to Australian innovation as technology advances further into the information age over the next two decades. Collaboration and engagement with India is key to building strong knowledge networks and bolster Australia’s performance internationally in innovation and commercialisation.

Tech, Innovation & Startups National Industry Group Conveners

Asheesh Malaney

Asheesh is an advisor at the one of the world’s most prolific early-stage venture capital funds – Antler ( as well as a General Partner at FundWA, an early stage VC fund for W.A. tech founders. He is also a co-founder, director, advisor and investor in various digital startups around the world where he works closely with founders on their strategy, capital raising and growth plans.

His passion for high growth innovative technology ventures extends beyond the workplace, as a regular speaker and judge at startup events and competitions in London and Perth resulting in a wide network of players in the ecosystem in Australia, UK, USA and Asia.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2020, Asheesh co-founded, a San Francisco based global digital marketplace for experiential travel. Asheesh’s previous experience includes building and managing a family office new venture fund and he has also worked at leading global strategy consulting firms in New York and London, where he advised blue chip firms like BBC, Sony, British Telecom and private equity players like Bridgepoint Capital.

Asheesh has a Finance and Management degree from The Wharton School of Business (USA) and an MBA from INSEAD and prior to his international degrees he was at the Doon School (Dehra Dun) and Cathedral School (Mumbai).

Industry Partners

Stone & Chalk

Founded in Fintech, Stone & Chalk is shaping the future of emerging tech sectors by catalysing commercial success across our impact network. Stone & Chalk partners with experts, universities, investors, mentors, corporates and government organisations to bring the best of what is available externally to complement its own internal capabilities in meeting the commercialisation needs of startups and growth needs of scaleups. It is the combination of all these things that has helped Stone & Chalk’s residents, alumni, community and commercial partners achieve incredible outcomes in a very short period of time.

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Data Security Council of India

DSCI is a not-for-profit, industry body on data protection in India, setup by NASSCOM®, committed to making the cyberspace safe, secure and trusted by establishing best practices, standards and initiatives in cyber security and privacy. To further its objectives, DSCI engages with governments and their agencies, regulators, industry sectors, industry associations and think tanks for policy advocacy, thought leadership, capacity building and outreach activities.

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