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Aug 03
Karnataka amends AVGC Policy to boost the sector   

  • Karnataka Government targets to create up to 15000 new jobs in the Animation Visual effects, Comics and Gaming Industry
  • The Policy will facilitate skill development through more than 120 training institutes spread across the state
  • Aims to foster a vibrant, stimulated and well informed community of AVGC sector professionals in the State


Department of IT, BT, ST Government of Karnataka


Bangalore, 20th July, 2017: Government of Karnataka has announced the Karnataka Animation, Visual Effects, Comics and Gaming (AVGCPolicy 2017 to boost the animation and gaming industry. 

With its aim to create a vibrant community of animation, visual effects and gaming professionals in the State and make Karnataka a global leaders in AVGC industry, the State Information Technology, Bio-Technology and Science & Technology Department  has launched the amended policy

The AVGC Policy 2017 will primarily focus on boosting growth of 100 Karnataka-based AVGC companies on the global map, creating up to 15000 new jobs in the AVGC industry, facilitating skill development through more than 120 training institutes spread across the state.

Through this policy, the Government of Karnataka promises to maintain the share of exports to more than 75 per cent of total revenue from the AVGC sector. With the  availability of right talent and right infrastructure, Karnataka has the true potential to become make AVGC a mainstream industry like many other parts of the world.  

While the State has been a pioneer in the AVGC sector and the first to announce a separate AVGC policy in 2012 with all the right strategies for growth, the growth of AVGC sector in Bengaluru and Karnataka has been the most prolific compared to any other state in India due to the thriving ecosystem driven by the Government with facilities such as strategic offerings to collaborate and build world class infrastructure, drive talent and mentoring in skill acquisitions. 

The policy will ensure adequate financial aid through production-linked grant for game development and other key areas. Incentivizing original content production through internationally bench-marked production grants for encouraging innovation and domestic projects. These production grants include major incentives for creation of content in the field of animation films, and episode series, VFX projects and gaming.

State IT, BT Minister, Priyank Kharge, said: “We are committed to boost the AVGC sector significantly. The Government will set up a centre of excellence for animation in Bengaluru, which will be the first of its kind in the country. We expected to generate 15000 jobs. The policy will also attract overseas production houses to set up their Indian Centres in the State by taking advantage of the production-linked incentives and the skilled talent pool that is available. Thepolicy will make Karnataka as a truly global leader in AVGCindustry.”

The earlier AVGC policy has been immensely successful in many aspects such as train-the-trainer programmes in Bengaluru, establishment of 7 Digital Art Centres in Bengaluru and tier-II cities, successful year-on-year Bengaluru GAFX Event, International exposure through delegation sponsorships by the Government of Karnataka; and Digital Art Symposium for leaders of the Fine Arts Colleges from all over the State.

Initiatives of Karnataka AVGC Policy 2017 at a glance:

1.       Skill Development

·         Setting up of an AVGC finishing school to provide the right skills and absorb the talent in the industry.

·         Extending the Digital Art Centre programme to 50 more fine art schools across Karnataka.


2.       Enabling Infrastructure

·         Creating a digital post-production lab with common infrastructure facilities to be available on pay-per-use basis at a reasonable price. This facility will also house an AVGC incubator and co-working space to support startups working in animation and game development sector.

·         Establishing a Digital Media City in association with industry partners.


3.       Encourage Start-ups and MSMEs

·         Creating an AVGC Venture Fund to fund startups and local MSMEs for facilitating their growth.

.        Rs 20 crore AVGC venture fund will be initiated by the Government

4.       Market & Ecosystem Development

·         Organizing high-profile conferences, exhibitions, festivals and markets in Karnataka.


5.       Financial Support  

·         Promoting expansion and growth of AVGCindustry through strategic provision of incentives and concessions, benchmarked against globalpolicies, such as production grants for game development, VFX projects and animated films & episodes along with other incentives for patents and IPR, international marketing etc.​

Aug 03
‘BENGALURUITE.BIZ 2017’ and ‘BENGALURU INDIA BIO 2017’ to be held on Novemeber 16TH,2017

City's Premier IT event turns 20 this year

Bengaluru - July 24th 2017: Karnataka's two flagship events, and Bengaluru INDIA BIO for 2017 will be co-located at a single venue in India's IT Capital of Bengaluru with the focal theme 'Ideate, Innovate and Invent'. This year also marks 20 years of India's premier event dedicated to Information Technology and related sectors.

TheDepartment of Information Technology, Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka today announced that Karnataka's two flagship events, the 20th edition of 2017, and the 17th edition of Bengaluru INDIA BIO 2017, will be held from November 16 to November 18, 2017 at the Bengaluru Palace, Bengaluru.

Shri PriyankKharge, Minister of State for IT, BT and Tourism, Government of Karnataka, who announced the events here in Bengaluru, said, "Karnataka has emerged as the leading tech-hub in the country. The focus last year was 'define next', and we were successful in driving engagement with various technology companies across domains. Discussions with various participants last year helped us understand that companies are looking to emerging technologies to drive innovation. We take our event a step further this year, with focus on "Ideate, Innovate, Invent". Our vision is to drive Karnataka as a thought leader in emerging technologies across verticals - from agriculture to aerospace and more."

The list of participating leaders includes Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, Infosys Ltd. and Chairman, Vision Group on IT, Government of Karnataka, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon Limited and chairperson Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology, and Shri Krishna Kumar Natarajan, Chairma of MindTree,and Mr. Gaurav Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka.

Speaking at the inauguration, Shri Gaurav Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka said, "While celebrating 20 years of, we have many esteemed international leaders and global speakers gracing the event. The event offers wider opportunities to leverage and benefit from Information Technology and Biotechnology, display important linkages and synergies".

Mr. ShailenderTyagi Director, STPI speaking on this occasion, he said"STPI is the proud co-host of Bengaluru since its inception. STPI IT export awards and STPI MSME pavilion will certainly be major highlights of the events".

Ms.SalmaFahim, Director of IT & BT, said "Technology today is ever-evolving. Bengaluru, the IT capital of India is already home to the leaders in the technology industry. Bengaluru also boasts of incubating multiple start-ups addressing the needs of various verticals.

The objective of the joint event is to discover game-changing ideas and solutions in Information Technology and Biotechnology.The Curtain Raiser was attended by Industry Captains, Associations, Startups, Investors, Policy Makers, Academia, Research Institutes, MSMEs, Trade Commissioners and the Media.

The announcement included an overview of the activities being planned during the BengaluruITE.BIZ and Bengaluru INDIA BIO 2017 Conference & Exhibition.

This year the combined exhibition of BengaluruITE.BIZ and Bengaluru INDIA BIO 2017 will attract over 300 exhibitors showcasing products and technologies to over 10000 business visitors. The IT conference will cover topics like Cloud & Big Data, Aerospace & Defense, Telecom, Electronics, Cyber security, AVGC AR & VR, ESDM, GIS, Robotics & AI, Privacy & Piracy and newest fields like Blockchain and IoT and Bio tech conference on Oncology, Rare Diseases & Orphan Drugs; Proteomics; Big Data & Analytics and IoT.

Another highlight of the conference would be BIO-IT covering the spectrum of bio informatics genomics diagnostics and medical technologies and more.

The Bangalore Tech Exchange will witness India's leading research institutions like CSI ,ICMR,DBT, ICAR, DRDO, ISRO, DAE, IISC, JNCASRshowcasing their innovative technologies that can be commercialized. The finals of Rural IT quiz and Bio quiz will be held concurrently with the event.

Along with prestigious STPI IT Export awards and Bio excellence awards, a new category of Business awards is being introduced.Over 100 young researchers will present their ideas in Bio Tech poster sessions and YESS for start-up

Exhibitors will include corporate, STPI pavilion for MSMEs , Startup pavilion, NSIC and AssociationPavilions.

Aug 03
Government to identify 100 most innovative startups in the state through ELEVATE 2017


- State Government will identify 100 startups throughout the state with innovative ideas through ELEVATE 100

- Startups will have access to seed fund, VC, networking & mentors under one roof

- Registration to remain open till July 18th, 2017


Department of IT, BT, Government of Karnataka



Bengaluru, 4th July, 2017: Continuing its support for the Information Technology and Bio Technology sectors, the Government of Karnataka is taking a big step forward with a first of its kind initiative in India.

Government has launched the ELEVATE 100 program which aims to identify 100 of the most innovative startups in Karnataka to elevate to them to next level of success. The official website and logo for its flagship initiative, ELEVATE 2017 ( will be unveiled by State IT, BT Minister, Priyank Kharge.

ELEVATE is the brainchild of the Start-up Cell, Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS), Government of Karnataka which will enable startups across Karnataka to succeed in their tough entrepreneurial journey by providing them with access to mentors, networking opportunities, access to Rs 400 Cr funds, idea validation, incubation facilities & in depth sessions for startups on accounting, legal & emerging technologies.

For the first time, the State Government will be holding open houses to identify startups in Mangaluru, Kalaburgi, Mysuru and Hubli. Startups from these cities will get an opportunity to pitch their ideas to the ELEVATE team.

Registrations for ELEVATE begin on July 4 and will be on till 18th July for all participants from across Karnataka.

Commenting on ELEVATE 2017, Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, said: "The Government is happy to be inaugurating this program today. It is one of the highlights of the work that we are doing to boost trade and business in Karnataka.

"This great initiative is aimed to help entrepreneurs and startups grow successfully on their own. We aim to extend our holistic support to them by offering mentorship and funding. Benglauru has the most suitable environment for startups with innovative ideas and is considered one of the 'most dynamic cities in the world'. We will ultimately look for great ideas that use technology to solve bigger problems in our society."

State IT, BT Minister, Priyank Kharge, said: "The promise of making Karnataka the global hub for startups and a hotbed for innovation will continue. Till date, we have identified 46 startups and sanctioned Rs 15.68 crore in the field of biotechnology (26 startups, Rs 10.70 crore), tourism (8 startups, Rs 1.80 crore) and IT (12 startups, Rs 3.18 crore). Through ELEVATE, we will identify potential startups. We will not only help in funding but not all startups need funding. So, we will also provide technical and business support based on their need."

ELEVATE was launched by the Government of Karnataka in partnership with the Deshpande Foundation, The Indus Entrepreneurs and others to empower startups to scale operations. It aims to eventually identify and support as many startups from smaller cities and towns. ELEVATE will identify innovative companies in the state from various fields and industries, including IT, Electronic System Design Manufacturing, Animation Visual Gaming & Comics, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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