August 21: Ncell along with GSM Association, a worldwide network of mobile operators, organised the ‘MNO Start-up Collaboration Workshop’ with the objective of reinforcing collaboration between mobile operators and start-up companies in Nepal.
According to Ncell, the MNO Start-up Collaboration Workshop was organised to share insights on how start-up companies can work together with mobile operators.
More than 50 representatives from over 30 start-ups took part and got to learn about innovation, trends and examples on how start-ups have collaborated with telecom companies, creating value for telcos, start-ups and customers across Africa and Asia Pacific, Ncell said in a statement issued on August 20.
“In the changing landscape of the tech industry, telecom companies need to be a major enabler for innovation and facilitate partnerships for a sustainable business environment. There are many opportunities for telecom companies and Ncell is very optimistic about partnering with start-ups,” said Irwin M Eusoff, chief strategy officer of Ncell.
During the workshop, Martin Karanja, market engagement director for the GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator programme, highlighted 10 major initiatives that the GSMA Mobile for Development teams will be focusing on including ClimateTech, AssistiveTech, Mobile for Development Utilities, Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation, Connected Society, Connected Women, Digital Identity, Ecosystem Accelerator and AgriTech.
The aim of these programmes is to reduce inequalities in the world through mobile technology, the statement added.
Emerging start-up companies like Karkhana, ICT for Agri Tech, eSewa, SochWare, Sarathi, Foodmario, Avyas, Khalti, Upaya, as well as other platforms like Hamrobazaar, Letz Go and Supply Box participated in the workshop.
Underlining the need for collaboration between telecom operators and start-up companies, Ravi Singhal, co-founder of Sarathi, a ride sharing platform, said that since his start-up is fully based on a mobile platform, the workshop has opened new doors for plausible collaborations with Ncell.
“We are looking into how we can go hand-in-hand with telecom operators creating value for both the parties, cab drivers and the users. We are happy that this kind of interaction is happening to energize start-ups like us,” he said.
During the workshop, the participating start-up companies got the opportunities to pitch their value proposition to GSMA and Ncell.
GSMA is a network of more than 750 operators worldwide with almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.