Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a historic visit to Ireland, after 59 years of the previous visit by an Indian PM, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956. The visit was the first leg of his six day tour to Ireland and USA from 23-29 September 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of UN Security Council and international export control regimes including NSG during wide ranging talks with his Irish counterpart which also covered global challenges like terror and radicalisation. During his nearly five-hour stopover en-route to the US, Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Ireland in 59 years, held talks with his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny after which he hoped that Ireland’s visa policy will be sensitive to the requirements of India’s IT firms.
- The first MoU between Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences is to develop Indo-US Life Science Sister Innovation Hub so as to enhance science-based entrepreneurship, research, academia and businesses by leveraging each other’s ecosystems.
- Department of Biotechnology and Prakash Lab, Stanford University signed another MoU on Foldscope — a frugal science innovation that has emerged from a lab of an Indian with majority of Indians working in this laboratory. The lab will work with DBT to further develop and deploy the products they develop.
- National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and the Indus Entrepreneurs signed a MoU to collaborate in a mutually satisfactory form and manner to support the creation of a vibrant ecosystem to foster technology entrepreneurship in India and Silicon Valley.
- IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Haas Business School of the University of California, signed an MoU to collaborate on mutual incubation, and support each other’s activities of mutual interest.
- CIIE also signed an MoU with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to extend NGIN Membership benefits to CIIE. The CIIE /LACI NGIN Landing Pad Programme is a reciprocal initiative that enables entrepreneurs and innovators in the cleantech space to gain access to the California and Indian markets. The programme will assist early and growth stage cleantech companies with market expansion through partnerships and funding opportunities in California and India.
- IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE signed an MoU with Tata Trust for founding partner for the Bharat Fund, which will provide seed funding to Indian entrepreneurs
- CIIE also signed an MoU with Google to support technology and impact entrepreneurs through strategic support.