If technology is your forte and you have an innovative idea or a solution, this is the platform that can give you the much needed fillip. The Bengal Chamber (BCC&I) and West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (WEBEL) supported by Bandhan Bank and in association with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Crow's Nest, AWS, Google Cloud and DigitalOcean are organizing Ideathon 2 – a mega event to identify technological geniuses in West Bengal and develop their ideas into a viable solution that can help create a better society. This event aims at promoting innovation in the state and building an environment conducive to tech-based enterprises.
The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India’s oldest institution of its kind, traces its origins to 1833. The Chamber has played a pioneering role as a helmsman, steering the evolution of Commerce and Industry in India. The Chamber reviewed and commented upon some of the most critical legislations in the country.
The Bengal Chamber has managed to remain both young and relevant simply because it is quick to recognise and value the only constant in time – change.
The Chamber has a vibrant IT Committee comprising of the leading developers, consultants, corporates and academia. The Chamber’s annual Business IT Conclave brings together stakeholders of technology including the providers, users, academia, incubators and startups to network, interact, brainstorm and share best practices on the emerging technologies and their applications. There is always constant focus of connecting the stakeholders with larger markets through dedicated B2B and B2G Meetings in partnerships in Embassies and Consulates in India, bilateral Chambers of Commerce and other similar organizations.
Webel was incorporated on 4th. February, 1974 to shape the Electronics Industry in West Bengal. The past few years have witnessed a gradual acknowledgement of the strategic advantages of Bengal, a maturing socio-political attitude & an appreciation of the proactive efforts by the Government & other key stakeholders to further strengthen Bengal's value proposition & reinforce its position as a destination of corporate choice. With the introduction of the Information Technology Policy of Government of West Bengal in 2000, Webel fast adapted itself to the changing scenario to suit the requirements of the IT and ITeS industries and geared up to function as the nodal agency entrusted with the responsibility of bringing West Bengal to the forefront of the knowledge industry in India by way of taking a number of proactive initiatives along with facilitating Private Sector Participation in the sector.
Today Webel plays the role of the nodal agency for the state government, with two distinctive facets: The first, assisting the State Government in nurturing the Electronics & IT industry of the State, which has seen remarkable growth in the last four years. In this role Webel facilitates the growth of the industry by a host of measures, such as ensuring the availability of quality infrastructure in the form of land/buildings for the investors, ensuring last mile connectivity and also facilitating processes of clearances that are required to set up business in the knowledge based industry sector in the State. Thus Webel forms a single window to new investors as well as nurtures existing investors who are working in the State. In addition to the firm efforts that are more focused on the immediate business requirements, Webel is also driving a series of concentrated efforts to structurally address the talent concerns of the Electronics & IT/ITES industry , development of core competencies & initiating focused efforts to streamline the internal business margins, address a larger market base & enhance ethical practices. Such continued emphasis will contribute to long term payoffs & will structurally strengthen Webel into a profitable company.
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