After the checkout at 8:30 most of us drove to Nasscom who helps IT start-ups to develop and compete in the Indian market. There, the business model of the company and the potential, especially for IT companies, in India were explained to us. Next up were some presentations of exciting start-ups. Followed by that, we had the opportunity to talk to founders of these start-ups and ask them about their business ideas, their goals and the problems they are facing.
Meanwhile, a group of four people including Maya as a representative of the ZHAW visited the offshore location of the Swiss company Bühler in Bangalore. The three students are all working for Bühler Switzerland and were excited about this opportunity.The IT infrastructure was explained as well as a factory visit. We were very impressed by the high standards which are comparable to Switzerland. The visit ended with a vivid discussion on the Indian market, its challenges and chances.
The two groups met after lunch and traditional Indian coffee at the location of Swissnex. The company is a federal institution of the department of foreign affairs. They provide infrastructure, access to networks and know-how about the Indian market for Swiss start-ups who want to start business here. We also had the opportunity to present possible business ideas based on the experiences we have had on our study trip so far. The most discussed subjects were environmental issues and IT tools to simplify the daily life regarding mobility.
Then it was already time to head towards the airport to leave the city of Bangalore. At 21:25 the aircraft took off to Delhi, our final destination.