The G20 countries have realized that:
- Innovation is the engine of growth in their economies, and
- Startup Enterprises are the main source of innovative ideas that seed new businesses.
The members adopted this logo, promoting Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Collaboration across all G20 member countries.
Concurrently, they released a Startup20 Communiqué with recommendations and policy directives for tracking progress across all G20 member countries. Current metrics by country across the globe are at this interactive link.
India held the Presidency and wss the host country for all G20 events until Sep 2023. The country’s flagship initiative to create and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). Current resources by state across India are at this interactive link.
Impact G20X was a Showcase Event in Delhi, India featuring a curated selection of innovative Startup Enterprises across Climate, Global Health, Supply Chain and Transformative Technology. AIM and the G20 committee retained Equal Innovation, with offices in Boston and Bangalore, to select startups and organize the event on Sep 9 & 10 2023.
The EKTA Foundation partnered with Equal Innovation as a Gold Sponsor of Impact G20X. EKTA’s India Outreach Team assessed the 40 participating startups from 12 countries to consider how the Foundation might engage with them to grow their enterprises.
EKTA’s India Outreach Team, Arnav Mahbubani & Shivang Singh at G20X
G20 India Sep 9 & 10 2023
We’re excited to see the G20 recognizing the importance of Innovative Startups. Their initiatives are gathering momentum and EKTA looks forward to the opportunity of supporting similar events in Brazil (2024) and South Africa (2025).
In 2018, 2019 and 2021, startup teams selected through regional competitions, gathered in person for the world’s largest early-stage Startup Accelerator of its kind, in the UK. The venue was an Executive Management Training School at Ashridge House in the UK.
Amrita and her sister, Kikky were engaged in conducting Team Health sessions and offering Social and Emotional support, as needed. Ashok worked with Teams on their business plans, financial models and supply chain strategies. As each Accelerator came to an end, Ashok guided an interactive session called “The Path Forward” to prepare teams to “embrace their humanity” and adapt to any outcome.
With the guidance of qualified, volunteer Coaches and Experts, the startups learned how to transform their ideas into impact-centered, market-driven, and profit-minded enterprises. They refined their product & service concepts, business plans & projections and pitch presentations, to compete for six spots at the Finals later in the year.
The pandemic was widely disruptive, but the 2020 competition went forward on schedule in virtual environments across the globe. In 2021, our final year of engagement, we went back to an in-person environment and seven teams were chosen to share the seed capital award.
We’re proud of the work that all of us at The EKTA Foundation have done with young people from around the world, over the years, in fulfilling their highest aspirations. We’re committed to continuing this work, encouraging, and supporting young minds to always find the best within themselves and use it, for beneficial, lasting impact.