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A 30-something-year-old with kind eyes, quick wit, and wry humour. He stands out for his brilliant eloquence, easy charm, and commanding presence, and is a difficult man to reach at that. We previously tried connecting him with our Facebook Live audience thrice but all of them got unceremoniously cancelled due to technical issues and the paucity of time. Despite his busy schedule, however, he was kind enough to offer us a live session from our Delhi office, which is how we finally managed to sit down with him to chat about the potential of the Indian startup ecosystem and the impact government policies could have on its growth. The youngest face of the Karnataka government, the man in question is Priyank Kharge, the Minister of Information Technology, Biotechnology & Tourism.

As one of the major proponents of the Karnataka Startup Policy, Mr Kharge is dedicatedly working towards transforming the state into a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. He firmly believes in embracing the power of technology to uplift traditional sectors, such as agriculture, manufacturing and education.

Under Priyank’s leadership, the Karnataka government has launched multiple initiatives aimed at creating a complete support system for fledgeling startups. Take a gander at the list below to know more about some of these initiatives:

During our hour-long conversation, he spoke proudly about the changes that these policies and initiatives have brought in the state’s emerging startup ecosystem.

Read the key takeaways from Priyank Kharge’s AMA here →

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