16 October 2019 | News
To address critical gaps in farming and allied areas with potential implications in food security, nutrition and economy in both countries
The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), India’s premier bio-incubator and innovation hub has signed a MoU with StartLife, a major Dutch incubator of cutting-edge life sciences innovations focusing on food and agritech. The aim of the MoU is to initiate the Indo Dutch Life Sciences Sister Innovation Hub, a formal alliance to foster and promote deep science and deep tech innovations with societal impact, especially in food, agriculture, and agricultural practices in both India and Netherlands. As per the agreement, CCAMP together with StartLife will identify and nurture Agritech and Food related innovations from India and Netherlands to address critical gaps in farming and allied areas with potential implications in food security, nutrition and economy in both countries.
The LoI which was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing Indo Dutch Technology Summit in New Delhi in presence of Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag and Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Change, Mona Keijzer, marks the inking of the third such international Sister Innovation Hub by CCAMP in a move to leverage global ecosystems beyond India.
Agritech and food are a major focus area in the global entrepreneurship arena and this newly instituted hub is planned to enable the best innovations from both geographies to grow and mature into real life solutions. The new signing is envisioned to also augment C-CAMP’s current efforts in Agritech and Allied space under its recently launched Centre of Excellence in Agri Innovation.
On the occasion of the signing, StartLife stated - “With an aim of encouraging and promoting collaborations in Life Science and Agri-entrepreneurship, StartLife representing Agri-Food Cluster in the Netherlands intends to partner C-CAMP in creating this Indo-Dutch Life Science Sister innovation Hub. TheSister Hub will foster links between both hubs so as to enhance life science-based entrepreneurship, with focus on Agri Innovations and businesses.”