Bhubaneswar:

Former Director General of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Dr Omkar Rai took over as the Executive Chairman ​of​ Startup Odisha on April 25. On the occasion, he interacted with startups, incubators, industry, academia and other stakeholders.

Startup Odisha ​is the state agency of MSME Odisha that stresses on development of startup ecosystem in the state. ​Since 2016, ​Startup Odisha has been pivotal in nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship​ by recognizing more than 1200​ ​startups​, ​21 incubators, 75 entrepreneurship cells​ ​under its ​​initiative.

Recently, Startup Odisha has come up with a world-class incubation centre (​O-Hub​) which comprises state-of-the art, plug-n-play infrastructure to incubate, accelerate startups and support startup activities within Odisha​​.​

Dr Omkar Rai was previously appointed as Director General, STPI ​​under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. ​During his previous stint, he has led the IT Industry towards growth, worked for the dispersal of IT Industry beyond metros.
Under his leadership, the IT/ITES/ESDM industry witnessed massive growth​in the country. He played a seminal role in dispersing the IT/ITeS industry to Tier-2/3 cities in India and revolutionizing the technology startup ecosystem in India.

He has been a protagonist of the software product nation and spearheaded the establishment of 20 Centres of ​Excellence (CoE) in emerging technologies like AI, IoT, AR/VR, ACES, BlockChain, FinTech, Medical Electronics, Gaming & Animation, Cyber Security, Chip Designing, ESDM etc. Dr. Rai has played a pivotal role in the formulation and rolling out of National Policy on Software Products​ (​​NPSP​)​ 2019 in close association with all stakeholders, including IT/ITeS Industry.​

Welcoming his joining as Executive Chairman of O-Hub in Startup Odisha, noted entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and Chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority, Sri Subroto Bagchi tweeted “His name is Dr Omkar Rai. You have probably known him as Director General, Software Technology Parks of India until a few weeks ago. Today, Dr Rai took charge as Chairman, O-Hub of Odisha. This opens the globe for start-ups of Odisha. We welcome Dr Rai to the land of the possible”.

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