The University of California-Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and global technology company Quantela on Thursday announced their partnership to establish smart city accelerator and innovation centres in India, a move that could boost government’s “100 smart cities” initiative. The partnership is an opportunity for startups to build and grow in the field of smart cities. It is a platform that provides the required mentorship and guidance to succeed on a comprehensive scale.
As per the agreement between the two, UC Berkeley will design the innovation accelerations programmes, teaching, delivery and curriculum. It will also focus on coaching of Lean Startup methods and customer development process for selected startups and assisting and supervising innovation projects from the ideation to validated business models.
The Accelerator will teach selected startups intensive immersion in innovation developments designed to identify business opportunities (real problems that require real solutions), validate product ideas, engage with potential customers, build scalable business models, and manage team dynamics.
The innovation centre, on the other hand, will help build an ecosystem of smart city partners integrated on one single platform.