The Algorand Foundation, AlgoBharat initiative has recently formed new alliances in India, establishing partnerships with NASSCOM, TiE Bangalore, and the Mann Deshi Foundation.

This expansion involves collaborative efforts with key organizations in the tech industry, entrepreneurship support, and women’s empowerment.

Earlier this year, Algorand ventured into the Indian landscape with AlgoBharat, a strategic initiative denoted by the term “Bharat,” symbolizing the nation of India.

In its initial foray, Algorand collaborated with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) to empower women-led enterprises in developing blockchain solutions. Additionally, partnerships were established with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and the Indian School of Business for the initiation of faculty development programs.

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The recent expansion involves the enhancement of Web3 capabilities among the youth through NASSCOM’s FutureSkills Prime skilling hub. Furthermore, Algorand aims to create a blockchain-based credit scorecard and identity system for women entrepreneurs associated with the Mann Deshi Foundation.

During an interview with CoinDesk, Staci Warden, CEO of the Algorand Foundation, and Anil Kakani, India Country Head, disclosed that these collaborations have played a pivotal role. They emphasized how these initiatives are pioneering financial inclusion within underserved communities in India.

The partnerships also extend to TiE Bangalore, a global venture supporting entrepreneurs, with a focus on providing educational initiatives to bolster the Indian Web3 ecosystem.

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Anil Kakani emphasized that Algorand is actively involved in two types of partnerships. Firstly, they focus on organizational collaborations to bolster India’s Web3 foundation. This involves expanding the developer base. Secondly, they pursue partnerships specifically designed for developing practical use cases.

Kakani emphasized their approach, which involves refraining from presenting recommendations to regulators. Instead, they express interest in exploring opportunities, particularly once India’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) is introduced. The primary focus remains on real-world utility for the blockchain protocol.

Building on its previous collaboration with T-Hub to support startups, Algorand has expanded its involvement by introducing “Startup Labs.” This program is designed to offer mentorship to 20 Web3 startups. T-Hub, a tech incubator led by the Telangana government in south India, is a key partner in this endeavor.

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In collaboration with SEWA, Algorand has initiated a pilot program to assist women in earning high-value carbon credits. This involves the collection of data through a blockchain-based solution, showcasing the protocol’s commitment to impactful and innovative solutions.

Over the past year, Algorand has formed strategic alliances and introduced innovative blockchain solutions in India. These initiatives have resulted in substantial progress towards advancing financial inclusion.

The impact of these efforts has the potential to bring positive change to the lives of millions in underserved communities.

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