Bangalore– The city that has seen it all, been there, done that. If we look closely we will be able to view Bengaluru (aka Bangalore) as the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state. The centre of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its green spaces and nightlife. Not only this, in the recent time it has managed to add another feather to its cap by becoming the Startup Capital of the country. This city has become a beautiful fusion point of the laid back nightlife brightened by the presence of Pubs in almost every other street on one hand and the hustle bustle of the ever growing IT industry on the other. Amidst all this we are able to see the new entrant emerging which we profoundly know as the Startup ecosystem, and the city has whole heartedly welcomed this new beginning.
We tried to understand this new Startup culture that has gripped the city and bring to you what we could gather from it.
If we observe thoroughly, every month, nearly 10 new start-up companies are set up, and projections indicate that, Bangalore truly deserves the position of being the technology start-up capital of the country. As of today, Bangalore contributes to 28% of the start-up ecosystem in India. The focus of newer companies has quickly shifted from service based to product based – a sector that is fast evolving. Most of the Startups that came up are majorly working in the information technology, e-commerce and gaming sectors. Start-ups in Bengaluru do very well because of various favourable conditions. Bengaluru has a mixed populace which helps ensure that even the most niche start-up can easily find a target audience here. The diversity and a growing migrant population is the most attractive factor in Bengaluru. The government of Karnataka’s Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, (IT, BT and S&T) has also shown keen interest in the growing startup ecosystem and has offered tremendous support with its numerous initiatives. Examples of these are the 10,000 Start-up Initiative — which aimed at having 10,000 startups by 2023 and the New Age Incubators to promote student startups.
Another factor that gives the city its advantage is its huge skill base with the maximum number of Engineers and MBA graduates choosing the city as their launch pad due to abundance of opportunities available here. Bengaluru is the Silicon Valley of the country. Engineers combine technical knowledge with their creative side to come up with some unique and experimental ideas for start-ups. Around 36 per cent founders of start-ups in Bengaluru are engineers and around 62 percent of startup founders in Bengaluru have a prior technical background.
Not only this, Bengaluru has managed to put itself on the forefront and is attracting investments from many countries including Japan and China. Also, most major software companies have research centres here. The MNCs either help in accelerating the startup through mentorship or funding the entrepreneurs.
The global research firm Startup Genome last year placed it among top 20 influential startup ecosystems around the world, a list that was led by the Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles; the list had only one other Asian country , Singapore. Startup Genome Project report, offers some fascinating findings about Bangalore:
- Bangalore startups are 24 percent more likely to monetize directly than Silicon Valley startups.
- There is similar motivation in Bangalore to Silicon Valley: 56 percent of entrepreneurs in Bangalore are motivated by building a great product, and 30 percent are motivated by trying to change the world. In Bangalore, entrepreneurs do not seek to change or clone already proven business models.
- There is an overall funding gap, with 74 percent less funding raised in Bangalore compared to Silicon Valley.
- Bangalore startups are 67 percent more likely to tackle smaller markets than their peers in Silicon Valley. They are 10 percent less likely to tackle markets sized $1 to $10 billion, and 51 percent less likely to tackle markets greater than $10 billion.
- Bangalore has a low rate of technology adoption: Bangalore engineers heavily rely on PHP and Java, and much less on Ruby and Python compared to their peers in Silicon Valley.
Most startups in Bengaluru are in the field of e-commerce, big data and analytics, enterprise resource planning and productivity and collaboration. 13% of the start-ups have been founded by people below the age of 36 years. 13% of the founders are those who have absolutely no prior work experience.
Bangalore, and India in general, heading towards becoming the next big hub of technological innovation, and investors should take note of this at the earliest. In a country that’s home to more than a billion people, with a veritable abundance of technical talent, it’s hardly surprising that we’re seeing such a startup movement. All this is just the beginning and we sure are headed towards a brighter future ahead.