After the plan to be the first solar city by 2021, and beating the 14 cities at a national challenge in ‘Leadership in Energy and Environment Designs’ (LEED), Surat is planning next to be the emerging startup city. Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is preparing a vision document for a start-up and trade facilitation centre on 8,000 square meter land at Parvat Patiya near Amazia Fun Park. SMC has appointed a consultant to prepare the vision document. The project will be a game changer for the city in the coming decades according to Special Commissioner for Smart City project, M Nagrajan.
The centre will provide an eco-system for new startups to connect with the national and international business. It will provide support to startups with new innovators in diamond and textiles sectors. This centre would provide a working space to new start-ups with established ones along with incubation facility and help building advance technology and research infrastructure. Founder Gaurav Singhvi of Surat Angels that supports new startups said, "At present people don't believe that there can be startup industries in Surat by young people. This will create a right atmosphere or ecosystem for investment and show the world that there much more than just diamonds and textiles in Surat." SMC will work as facilitator by bringing in all the stake holders under one umbrella who will work together for its global success.
P M Shah, president of South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), one of the major stakeholders in the project said, "This would further propel growth of the rapidly developing city. With local governance endorsing the innovations and research on a world scale, it would have a tremendous effect. This is for future of the city."