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Uber Joins Hands with T-Hub & TiE Silicon Valley to launch T-Bridge, a program to connect Indian startups

Bengaluru: Uber, the leading mobile app connecting passengers with drivers for hire, partners with T-Hub & TiE Silicon Valley to launch T-Bridge, the unique program to connect Indian startups with global market opportunities, and help bring global startups to India. This program intends to cater a platform to the startups in India and across the world to share ideas, innovate and create channels for channel transfer. It will also create the network of mentors, VCs, incubators and accelerators that the Indian startup ecosystem can take advantage of. Providing an exclusive platform for all the fast track tech companies, T-Bridge will help startups access Uber EXCHANGE, Uber’s flagship startup mentorship program and TiE’s Silicon Valley’s mentor network.

Commenting on the event, Rachel Whetstone, Senior VP, Uber asserts, “Telangana is one of the most progressive states in India; and it has set up a culture of ‘regulatory incubation’ - allowing new ideas and business models to thrive. Today more and more people around the world want to build something themselves. Through initiatives like UberEXCHANGE, our mentorship program for Indian startups, we hope to spur entrepreneurship. Creative partnerships like T-Bridge will continue to strengthen ties between India and the global startup scene”.

Being India’s largest startup ecosystem builder, T-Hub is a unique public/private partnership between the government of Telangana, three of India’s premier academic institutes (IIIT-H, ISB and NALSAR) and key private sector leaders.

Speaking regarding the platform, Jay Krishnan CEO, T Hub says, “Since the launch of T-HUB last year, we’ve witnessed a threefold increase in startup activity in Hyderabad. The city is abuzz with over 30 incubators and co-working spaces. There is something happening in every corner. We’re committed to enabling and growing this community and to helping Indian entrepreneurs’ access global resources. T Bridge is one such initiative in that direction. We are proud to set up our first outpost in the heart of the startup activity – at Silicon Valley”.

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