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STPI-Bengaluru, one of the ten STPI jurisdictions, is based out at Bengaluru, Karnataka and has four sub-centres located at Mysuru, Mangaluru, Manipal and Hubballi. Housed in the Electronic City, a major IT cluster in Bengaluru with presence of 200-plus IT/ITeS/ESDM companies, STPI-Bengaluru has been the backbone for the growth of software and hardware industry in Karnataka since last three decades and has enabled Bengaluru to emerge as one of the largest IT clusters across the globe, coined as Silicon Valley of India.
STPI-Bengaluru has warranted the growth of software exports from the Karnataka region and generated employment and entrepreneurial opportunities by buoying the economic progress of the nation. In FY 2020-21, STPI-registered units under STPI-Bengaluru jurisdiction contributed Rs. 2.14 lakh crore IT/ITeS/ESDM exports.
In 1990, Bengaluru was the first Software Technology Park (STP) of India that was set up along with STPs at Pune and Bhubaneswar, which later merged in June 1991 into a single autonomous society called Software Technology Parks of India. Envisioning the role of High Speed Data Communication services in bolstering software exports, STPI launched satellite-based Datacom services from Bengaluru centre in 1992. During 1993-94, the first video conferencing facility between Washington, DC and Bengaluru was established to support the IT industry. In 1994, the first P2P HSDC link between Bengaluru & USA was set up.
Since 1996, the State Government has started taking a very proactive role in promoting the IT industry. After the Govt. of Karnataka came out with the first IT policy, many of the State Government's followed suit. The success of STPI was not limited to the capital cities alone with STPI spreading its wings to secondary cities like Mysore, Hubballi, Mangaluru, and Manipal, in Karnataka.
The Role of STPI in the growth of the IT industry has been tremendous, especially in the case of start-up SMEs. STP scheme the catalyst: The STP scheme is a 100 percent export oriented scheme for the development and export of computer software, including export of professional services using communication links or physical media. This scheme is unique in its nature as it focuses on one product/sector, i.e. computer software. The scheme integrates the government concept of 100 percent Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and the concept of Science Parks/Technology Parks, as operating elsewhere in the world. To empower the industry and enable them to start their operations immediately, STPI-Bengaluru developed 4,500 sq. m. space by 1993 and 12 STPI-registered units were operating from the centre. The total exports from the STP units under STPI-Bengaluru has gone from Rs. 39 crore in 1993 to Rs. 2.14 lakh crore in FY 2020-21.
STPI has setup a CoE IoT OpenLab at Bengaluru in collaboration with Arrow Electronics, supported by MeitY, Govt of India, with an objective of creating a technological platform that will enable innovative start-ups to develop disruptive IoT-based applications, products & solutions across all the sectors. The IoT Lab is spread over an area of 4200 sq. ft. and shall benefit an estimated 500 startups over a period of 5 years. 26 startups have already been selected and 10 startups has already on boarded.
AIC STPI Bengaluru
AIC STPI Bengaluru is spread over 10,000 sq. ft. of area and has been equipped with state-of-the art physical infrastructure, lab with Healthcare equipment such as Vital Sign Monitor, ECG Simulator, Neuro Stimulator & 3D Printer, and other common office facilities with a target to incubate about 65 innovative and disruptive technology start-ups over a period of 5 years.
Efficiency Augmentation CoE
A Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) on Efficiency Augmentation is being setup up by STPI in collaboration with Government of Karnataka. This CoE shall be of international standard to bring together the international community, industry to debate, deliberate, act and innovate in both the industry (infrastructure & business transformation) and people development, to address technology’s impact on industry.
STPI in collaboration with Govt. of Karnataka has set up a Semiconductor Measurement Analysis & Reliability Test (SMART) Lab at Bengaluru in December 2017 to enable startups and semiconductor companies to test their chip designs locally and reduce product design cycle and operation costs. SMART Lab is equipped with the latest high-end Semiconductor Test, Measurement and Reliability Test equipment and is aimed at supporting the growth of Electronic and Semiconductor Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) companies in India. The SMART Lab being used by 37 ESDM companies since inception.
STPI has expanded its presence pan-India since its inception in 1991 with 3 centres to disperse tech-driven entrepreneurship to Tier-II/III cities. Today, STPI has 62 centres of which 54 centres are in Tier-II/III cities. These centres have been playing a pivotal role in boosting IT/ITeS/ESDM exports from the respective region, generating employment, and fostering startups to develop software products.
Below timeline represents STPI-Bengaluru's Sub-centres along with their year of establishment