‘K-Tech Innovation Hub’ (K-TI Hub), which happens to be Karnataka’s first, was inaugurated in Belagavi by K J George, Karnataka Minister for IT/BT & ST, Large and Medium Scale Industries at Hanuman Nagar Belagavi.
The Govt. of Karnataka has identified five industry clusters at Belagavi, Jalahalli (Bengaluru industrial suburb), Mangaluru, Mysuru and Shivamogga to establish K-Tech Innovation Hubs. Each innovation hub is a Product Startup Incubator-cum-Common Instrumentation Facility. K-Tech Innovation Hubs are powered by IKP Knowledge Park, India’s premier Science Park and Incubator. These Hubs will operate in a networked mode and will be linked to IKP’s Hardware Product Incubator, IKP EDEN, in Bengaluru.
The K-Tech Innovation Hub will bring innovation ecosystem to Belagavi, backed by providing space and infrastructure, instrumentation, prototyping facilities, business set-up support, and a world-class innovation network and connections under one roof.
Unlike an IT Park, the K-Tech Innovation hub leverages the globally connected ecosystem and brings infrastructure similar to the MIT Fab Lab to Belagavi. The K-Tech Innovation Hub is a ‘Product Startup Incubator-cum-Common Instrumentation Facility’ located in an 8,000 sq ft building.
The government has decided to establish these facilities in tier-II cities in order to leverage the existing manufacturing clusters and the local human resources available in the academic and industrial bodies. The intent is to engage with all the key stakeholders in the local ecosystem for the sustainability of these facilities. The five K-TI Hubs will encourage innovation, stimulate entrepreneurship, create technology-based start-ups, catalyze success, provide employment and opportunities for re-skilling and fuel economic growth.
Havannavar Building, Plot No.11, Hanuman Nagar, Opposite Hanuman Temple.