Australia India Institute

A very short policy brief

Fostering links and partnership opportunities in EdTech between Victoria and India

A very short policy brief

Haripriya Rangan, Karen Barker, David Linke
August 2019

India’s EdTech sector has grown rapidly within the past decade, with nearly 4000 startups attracting substantial investment from global and Indian investors. The Victorian EdTech sector is much smaller in scale, but is thriving and leading education innovation in online program management, assessment systems, and upskilling for new technology-driven work futures.

Victoria 2018 EdTech map, by size & segment

Melbourne EdTech Overview

India EdTech Overview

This policy brief focuses on the opportunities for establishing stronger links between Victorian and Indian EdTech companies in the context of the Victorian government’s India Strategy. One of the aims of the Strategy is to “Establish deeper partnerships with India’s innovation and technology sector, fostering links between Indian entrepreneurs, accelerators and incubators, and Victoria’s innovation community.” 

Based on desk research and discussions at the Victoria-India EdTech Workshop conducted on 27 June 2019 by the Australia India Institute in collaboration with the International Institute of Information Technology- Bangalore (IIIT-B), this policy brief offers the following recommendations:

  • Profile key geographical EdTech clusters and markets within India which offer the greatest potential for export opportunities for Victorian EdTech companies. 
  • Survey Victoria’s EdTech ecosystem to understand their current export activity, readiness and perception of the Indian market. 
  • Recruit Victorian EdTech companies to participate in the Victorian Government EdTech mission to India in September 2019 to showcase Victorian EdTech products to investors and build brand awareness in-market. 
  • Encourage Victorian EdTech companies to exhibit and provide thought leadership content at major Indian EdTech trade shows such as DIDAC (in Bengaluru) and EdTech Review (in Delhi and Mumbai), and other relevant exhibitions in the region including EXPO 2020 in Dubai. 
  • Support two-way exchange between Indian and Victorian EdTech companies. 
  • Facilitate connection between Indian businesses focussed on software development and systems integration and the Victorian EdTech ecosystem to establish software development relationships.

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