Srinivas Kollipara says that incubators should have a ‘pave forward’ culture.

Startup ecosystems should be community driven for them to scale T-Hub CEO
Atom Startups Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 16:23

“My personal philosophy is that if we do a good job in ecosystems out, we can take ourselves out of the picture and still the activity will be going on,” Srinivas Kollipara, CEO of T-Hub says.

Talking about how to build a culture and ecosystem that can enable successful incubators, Srinivas said that when it comes to culture, it has to be a ‘pave forward’ culture. “You have to start that piece. Help people for no reason other than helping people, thinking that at some point it’s going to come back to you as well,” he said.

Srinivas believes that for an ecosystem to be scalable, it has to be community driven and not driven just by the incubator. Only when that happens, will the ecosystem be long lasting and self-sustaining, and incubators will just be the centre of something that should scale on its own.

“That's what I said to IT minister KT Rama Rao (Telangana) when he came to me with the idea. If we do our jobs right, in 10 years, T-hub is not needed. Because if you look at Silicon Valley today, there is no institution that if you stopped it, Silicon Valley would collapse. It doesnt need something like that. Even Bengaluru is the same. It’s not about one incubator or institution,” Srinivas says.

Srinivas says that an ecosystem like that should be built. “Because then automatically all the ingredients will exist and help your incubator to succeed,” he added.

T-Hub was founded nearly three years ago under a unique public and private partnership with IIIT-H, ISB and NALSAR and key private sector leaders. The 70,000 square-foot building currently houses over 200 startups. After the success it saw, a second phase is being built spread over 3,50,000 square feet, which will be opened in about a year.

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