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Mumbai, Bangalore and London Named among World’s top Startup Hubs

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  • Mumbai maintains its top spot in ‘Top 100 Emerging Ecosystems‘ list as Indian startups raise $12.1bn in first half of 2021
  • London and New York are top cities globally to build a successful tech company outside of Silicon Valley
  • Bangalore-Karnataka ranks 23rd globally while Delhi comes in at 36th in the top list
  • London ranks highly for funding, talent, and connectedness in latest Global Startup Rankings by Startup Genome
  • London tech firms raise record levels of investment in 2021, already more than the whole of last year

 

London, Mumbai and Bangalore have featured among the world’s top startup hubs, according to a comprehensive ranking of international startup hubs compiled by Startup Genome for its annual Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021. Despite Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, London maintained its second-place ranking tied with New York for the second year in a row. Bangalore also ranked in the top 30 global tech hubs (#23 globally) and Delhi made it into the top 40 list, coming in at 36th. Mumbai maintained its first position in the Emerging Ecosystems ranking (ecosystems in earlier stages of growth that have high potential to be global performers in the future), outperforming other fast-growing ecosystems in areas of funding, performance, market research and talent.

Released to coincide with London Tech Week, the largest tech event in Europe, the report ranks the leading 140 startup ecosystems based on seven success factors including Performance, Talent and Connectedness. The findings revealed that London is the most attractive destination to set up a tech startup outside of Silicon Valley, with an overall ecosystem value of $142.7bn. London has risen up the league table in the last few years, climbing from number eight in 2012 when the first rankings were released to number two in 2020. Silicon Valley held onto the top spot this year while Beijing and Boston came in fourth and fifth respectively.

The research shows that Indian startups raised $12.1 billion in the first half of this year, demonstrating the rapid growth of India as a global hub for tech and innovation. As of August 2021, India has produced 24 unicorns in 2021, including 6 in just 4 days in April. The city of Bengaluru and the surrounding state of Karnataka is also the world’s 4th largest technology and innovation cluster and home to more than 400+ global R&D centres. Alongside Mumbai, a number of other Indian hubs made it into the ‘Top 100 Emerging Ecosystems‘ list, including Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad.

The findings also revealed London is one of the best cities in the world for access to funding and quality and activity in the investment ecosystem (referring to the number of local investors, investor experience and their level of activity). London has already seen record levels of VC tech investment this year, with the UK capital’s tech startups receiving $13.3bn in the first seven months (January to July), more than the $10.9bn raised in the whole of 2020. London’s impressive start to 2021 has been boosted by major funding rounds for Revolut ($800m), Checkout.com ($450m) and Hopin ($400m). Bangalore’s ranking was also boosted by healthy access to growth capital, demonstrated by recent large funding rounds from food delivery platform Swiggy ($1.3bn), social media company ShareChat ($502m) and edtech firm Byju ($460m).

Compared with other international tech hubs, the research found that startups in London have access to deeper pools of capital, with an average seed round of $653k, ahead of the global average of $494k. London is currently home to over 1,370 VC firms – more than any other European city, providing access to a vast network of investors and a depth of capital in the ecosystem. A number of global investment firms have also increased their presence in London recently, with Index Ventures announcing a $3.1bn fund for European start-ups in July and the news that Silicon Valley based VC Sequoia Capital had expanded its footprint in the UK capital.

London is also recognised for its world class talent pool, with the city ranking highly across the board for quality and access to Tech and Life Sciences talent. With four of the world’s top ten universities located in or close to London, the city is home to 484k software developers as well as a high number of Life Sciences-focused universities and degree programmes.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “London is a fantastic place to grow and scale a global tech business. We celebrate the diverse, international nature of our tech ecosystem and it is great to see our thriving start-up community being recognised in this report.

London’s tech sector has a pivotal role to play as we rebuild from the pandemic, and I am excited to be part of London Tech Week to discuss how our tech community can work with other start-up hubs to solve global challenges. In the face of Brexit and the global pandemic, London has demonstrated its resilience and proven itself once again to be one of the best places globally for tech innovations and start-ups.”

Janet Coyle, Managing Director Business Growth, London & Partners said, “India and London have shared strengths in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and today’s report findings demonstrate the abundance of opportunities for Indian tech companies looking to London for international expansion. For startups and high growth companies considering global expansion, London has access to high levels of funding, talent and customers all in one city. As one of the world’s leading hub for innovation, there is huge opportunity for London to collaborate with other fast-growing startup hubs like Bangalore and Mumbai.”

JF Gauthier, Founder & CEO of Startup Genome said, “Entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community leaders in Asia have been working hard to build inclusive innovation ecosystems that are engines of economic growth and job creation for all. The Global Startup Ecosystem Report is the foundation of knowledge where we, as a global network, come together to identify what policies actually produce economic impact and in what context.”

While the US and China have long been considered the global superpowers for startups and tech, the pandemic has accelerated the democratisation of startups, and Europe is quickly cementing its position on the global stage. The report shows Europe accounts for 17% of the top 30 ecosystems this year, with London the only European city to make the top 10 list. Asian ecosystems also continue to rise in the rankings, with Tokyo (from #15 to #9), Seoul (#20 to #16), Shenzhen (#22 to #19), Bengaluru (#26 to #23), and Hangzhou (#28 to #25) moving ahead.

Poppy Gustafsson, Founder and CEO at Darktrace, said, “At Darktrace, we are proud to be building on the UK’s rich heritage in tech and innovation. Being part of the UK’s tech ecosystem affords us access to a vast network of investors, researchers and talent and has been instrumental in building a successful AI business and – in particular – advancing our leading position in Self-Learning AI. I’m thrilled to be an ambassador for London Tech Week, a fantastic opportunity not only to celebrate the UK’s achievements thus far, but to drive our industry forward.

The release of the latest Global Startup Ecosystem Report coincides with London Tech Week, bringing together the global tech community to address how tech can solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Key speakers throughout the week include Hilary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Co-founder & CEO at Klarna, Alex Mahon, CEO at Channel 4 and Maria Raga, Founder & CEO at Depop.

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Eco-friendly Housing Essentials that a Homebuyer Needs to Focus on

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As the world reels from the damaging effects of climate change, every bit done to minimise environmental degradation will go a long way in saving the planet. With consumers becoming more environmentally conscious, one’s home is the best place to begin making a difference.

Among the top requirements for a clean and green living space are green buildings, larger and well-ventilated living areas, efficient ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, renewable energy technologies, and provision for sewage disposal. Don’t forget to check if your developer has these features in the project with the home you’ve set your heart on.

There’s a growing demand for housing in major cities across India. Homebuyers are increasingly preferring homes in projects with a lot of green spaces within them. Communities built with a focus on energy savings, waste reduction, along with a abundant green landscaping, can address concerns of climate change, global warming, and the lack of green spaces in cities,” says Vikram Chari – CEO of SmartOwner and Prime One Corp, as he takes us through these five eco-friendly housing essentials that a homebuyer can focus on while deciding on his or her next home.

Green buildings – Globally, every sector is trying to incorporate more environment friendly methods and business practices and real estate players are not far behind. By designing projects that adhere to the highest carbon emission norms and providing more green spaces across the property, some new-age developers are setting a high benchmark for others to follow. As per some estimates, green projects have better indoor air quality with a low concentration of pollutants. The project you are considering ideally needs to create a positive environmental impact and include sustainable practices at every stage of development – from ideation, planning, and right through to the completion of construction.

Large windows – Large windows, especially floor to lintel height ones are the most under-rated essentials when it comes to eco-friendly living. They not only ventilate the home but also light up your home reducing dependence on lights thereby reducing the usage of non-renewable energy.

Reducing waste – With global warming becoming a harsh reality, most companies are making a conscious effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste of all types. As a homeowner, you can look for developers who incorporate dedicated spaces in the projects for collection and segregation of dry and wet waste. Developers must also dispose of all construction waste such as concrete, rubble, metal, wood, plastics responsibly.

Solar living – Renewable energy technology such as solar panels and usage of thermal windows in projects can make homes energy efficient. Thermal windows ensure insulation from extreme weather conditions, thereby reducing the dependency on artificial heating and cooling. Studies show that homes with solar panels and thermal windows could reduce energy consumption by almost a third of those of homes without these features.

Sewage disposal – Efficient sewage treatment and disposal is a feature that most developers of large-sized projects have already incorporated in their projects. You should look for projects that not only have Sewage Treatment Plants (STP), but also with sufficient capacity to handle the quantum of waste generated by the community when fully occupied. Prime One Corp is among the developers who have ensured all their projects have more than sufficient capacities in their sewage treatment plants, along with other eco-friendly features listed above.

These environment-friendly features by developers in the ever-growing real estate sector will play a significant role in combating climate change.

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Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited Announces Appointment of Five Independent Directors on Board

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Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has announced the appointment of Shri Pradeep Vishambhar Agrawal, Shri Ghanshyam Sher, Dr. (Smt) Aiswarya Biswal, Prof. Bhagwati Prasad Saraswat and Shri Gopal Krishna Agarwal, as Independent Directors on the Board for a period of three years from the date of notification of their appointment or until further orders. Accordingly, they are appointed as Directors on the Board w.e.f. 12.11.2021.

Newly Appointed Independent Directors on the Board of BPCL

Shri Pradeep Vishambhar Agrawal is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary. His fields of specialization are Finance, Business and Administration. He is a Managing Director in a pharmaceutical company and is in the Board of various other companies. He is also engaged in social activities and is a Director of two Section 8 (not for profit) companies. He also acts as a Trustee of the various Trusts.

Shri Ghanshyam Sher is M.Com, M.A. in Political Science, M.A. in Economics and L.L.B. He is an Advocate. He specializes in Legal advice and Social Service. He has gained administrative experience through various public associations. He has been honored with various awards by renowned personalities.

Dr. (Smt.) Aiswarya Biswal did her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Utkal University and masters in Management from University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She received honours in Strategic Management, which encouraged her to pursue her research in extraordinary leadership in University of Liverpool. As a Dentist, she took keen interest in organising various dental camps for the underprivileged and marginalised community both in urban and rural sector. She is a pioneer in awareness and prevention of Oral cancer and preventable dental diseases. Her special interest lies in eradicating of malnutrition and her articles on malnutrition were well received, simultaneously she has organised various awareness programs and seminars to curbs the debilitating effects of malnutrition. She is a well-known columnist and has been contributing her articles in various journals and newspapers internationally, nationally and regionally like Daily Pioneer, Outlook, & Sambad etc. She is a bilingual poet (English and Hindi) and has written two books. She was the Former Editor of Odisha Society of United Kingdom journal as well. She has been actively involved in many philanthropic work especially in Indian diaspora of U.K. and in India as well. She is also associated with various cultural, social and literary organisations worldwide.

Prof. (Dr.) Bhagwati Prasad Saraswat is M.Com, (Gold Medalist). He has done his Ph.D in Financial Evolution of Drugs & Pharmaceutical Companies in India. He was a Dean and Head of Faculty of Commerce/Department of Commerce, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer and has teaching experience of more than 38 years. He has held various academic and administrative responsibilities during his academic career such as Director of Center for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, Joint Conference Secretary, Controller of Examination organized by Indian Commerce Association, Coordinator of various exams, Registrar of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, and Member of Board of management and selection committees of various Universities He has published various books and papers, and has presented his papers in various prestigious conferences/seminars and attended various national/international conferences. He has also been editor of academic bodies of journals.

Shri Gopal Krishna Agarwal is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI). He has done his post graduate in MA economics and graduation in BCom (Hons). He is an Economic thinker and writes extensively for newspaper, financial journals and delivers lectures in seminars & conferences. He has co-authored a book ‘Water an Element of Life: Price Sensitivity and Consumption by the Marginalisedpublished by Bloomsbury India. He was a Member of Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), a think tank of GoI. He was a member of the Task Force on MSME of the Ministry of Finance and Former Director on the Board of Bank of Baroda (BOB) & North Eastern Electric Power Co. (NEEPCO). He was government nominee on the Central Council of The Institute of company secretaries of India (ICSI). He is an independent director on the board of ICSI (IIP). He is a trustee of India Policy Foundation and Dr. Mookherjee Smriti Nyas, (think tanks). He has initiated various public welfare projects like Jaladhikar Foundation, Nagrik Manch, Shree Jee Gausadan, Milk Cooperative Movement etc.

About Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL)

A Fortune Global 500 Company, Bharat Petroleum is the second largest Indian Oil Marketing Company and one of the premier integrated energy companies in India, engaged in refining of crude oil and marketing of petroleum products, with a significant presence in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. The company attained the coveted Maharatna status, joining the elite club of companies having greater operational & financial autonomy.

Bharat Petroleum’s Refineries at Mumbai & Kochi and subsidiary Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd., at Bina, Madhya Pradesh have a combined refining capacity of around 35.3 MMTPA. Its marketing infrastructure includes a network of installations, depots, retail outlets, aviation service stations and LPG distributors. Its distribution network comprises over 19,000 Retail Outlets, over 6,100 LPG distributorships, 733 Lubes distributorships, 123 POL storage locations, 53 LPG Bottling Plants, 60 Aviation Service Stations, 3 Lube blending plants and 4 cross-country pipelines.

With a focus on sustainable solutions, the company is developing a vibrant ecosystem. Bharat Petroleum has been partnering communities by supporting innumerable initiatives connected primarily in the areas of education, water conservation, skill development, health, community development, capacity building and employee volunteering. With ‘Energising Lives‘ as its core purpose, Bharat Petroleum’s vision is to be the most admired global energy company leveraging talent, innovation & technology.

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Top Five Upcoming Developers Changing the Skyline of Delhi NCR

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MRG World (Gurugram), Whiteland Corporation (Gurugram), Maasters Infra (Noida), SKA Group (Noida), and Axon Developers emerged as the ‘Top Five Emerging Developers of NCR‘ in the list announced by a Delhi-based research firm.

Real estate survey declares top five developers

The survey was conducted by International Brand & Research Forum (IBRF) across the region with a special focus on projects launched, projects delivered, and progress of the projects as per RERA; IBRF researched the quality & feedback index on various parameters to come up with the result. The prime focus was on the developers operating in Noida and Gurugram market.

Maasters Infra Group, instituted by seasoned professionals and under the patronage of five-decade-old infra company K. R. A. Engineers & Contractors, announced their first commercial project Maasters Capitol Avenue spread over 5 acres in Sector 63, Noida. The project will have office space and retail; the projects total area would be 10,00,000 sq. ft. to be completed in 42 to 45 months. The company says that the total sales realization from the project is between Rs. 800 crore to Rs. 1,000 crore. The Group is also coming up with a residential project and one IT project.

Whiteland Corporation, a real estate development company founded by industry stalwart, Mr. Navdeep JP Sardana unveiled the first look of their maiden commercial project Urban Cubes 71 recently in Gurugram. Some of the brands signed, include Striker, Beer Cafe, Nostalgia, Houz cafe & bar. The project on Golf Course Road extension, Sector 71, Gurugram, is on a land parcel of about 3 acres acquired from DLF. Urban Cubes 71 is an approved SCO (Shop-cum-Office) development with a total of 34 state-of-art buildings with maximum development facing the main road making it highly attractive. The project is slated to be delivered by October 2022 with a total salable area of 4.5 lac sq. ft. and projected sales value of Rs. 500 crore.

Realty firm Axon Developers, which has been newly set up by promoters of brokerage firm 360 Realtors, has recently taken over two stressed real estate projects in Delhi-NCR and will invest over Rs. 300 crore to complete them. The company has entered into a development agreement to complete Keltech Kumar Imperial Green project, comprising 350 flats at Noida extension in Uttar Pradesh. It has fully acquired a retail project Manish Gallexie 91, having 3.5 lakh square feet saleable area, in Gurugram from Manish Buildwell. The company expects a sales realisation of around Rs. 650 crore from these two projects, of which Rs. 500 crore will come from retail project. Axon Developers is looking at acquiring more projects in Delhi, Noida, Gurugram and Lucknow, both through greenfield and brownfield routes.

SKA GROUP was formed with a view to construct group housing society in Greater Noida-West. SKA Group was started in the year 2012. Recently, the Group announced its luxury residential project, SKA Orion in Sector-143, Noida. Spread over 3.5 acres, the cost of the project is Rs. 400 crore out of which Rs. 300 crore is the cost of construction and Rs. 100 crore is the land cost. The Group is looking at total sales realisation of approximately Rs. 450 crore. To be developed in single phase, the project has 508 units of 3 BHK configuration; the company has launched 380 units of the total stock and will complete the project by 2026. The company has completed four projects in Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad. All projects are completed before time. Presently, five projects are in progress and all projects are ahead of their schedule.

Catering to the affordable housing segment, MRG World has ensured that they live up to the expectations of the middle class to move into their abodes as soon as possible. The directors – Rajat Goel & Vikas Garg – set up the company with a motive to cater to the segment that has the maximum demand. From the initial days, MRG World ensured that they deliver projects before the promised deadline. The company at the onset decided to stick to the policy of delivering the projects before time. MRG world has sold out three projects in Gurugram – Meridien (755), Ultimus (720), and Balcony (730). The company will deliver these projects ahead of the scheduled deadline in 2022 – Balcony by March 2022, Meridien and Ultimus by December 2022. The company has plans to come up with a project in 30-40 acre with around 6,000 flats in the affordable segment.

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