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Catalyzing Civic Tech in India

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What does it take to define a new sector in a national economy?

Civic tech is a new and emerging sector in India, driven by more than 400 startups that are using technology to address civic issues. But much of the support for these startups has still been largely philanthropic. The civic tech sector won’t become self-sustaining in India – as it has in the United States – until venture investors understand that civic tech startups have scalable, sustainable business models, and ultimately provide the capital that the sector needs.

This panel will build on findings from a recent report by Village Capital, CIIE.Co and Omidyar Network, Catalyzing Civic Tech in India. Panelists will discuss the emerging definition of the civic tech sector, which has come to include startups that streamline government services and improve civic engagement. They will also discuss emerging revenue models in the sector, from SaaS to syndicated data; and how government, philanthropy and investors can work together to build out the sector and its impact.

Confirmed Panelists

Deepak Menon, Chief Program Officer, EMEAA, Village Capital

Bharath Vishwesvariah, Director, Investments, Omidyar Network

Snehil Basoya, Associate Vice President, CIIE.CO

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