Deskera, on a mission to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) unlock their true value, is entering into a partnership with the IIT Kanpur, one of India’s premier higher education institutions, to provide SMEs of Southeast Asia and India access to world-class commercial and technical research opportunities.
As part of this partnership, over 100,000 SMEs associated with Deskera will be able to benefit from modern and futuristic facilities offered by IIT Kanpur for high-level study on mission critical industries such as manufacturing, aviation, logistics, and supply chain. Established in 1959, the Institute holds a strong track record in conducting original research of the highest standard. Additionally, this globally acclaimed Institute aims to provide meaningful education and leadership in technological innovation.
“IIT Kanpur as a host to one of the largest innovation ecosystems in an academic setting and cutting edge state-of-the-art research in all disciplines of science, engineering and management is poised to provide both technology and product intervention support to SMEs across India and Asia region making them globally competitive. As a knowledge partner we will be able to fill in the gap in Deskera’s SME engagement in providing state-of-the-art technology and innovation support in empowering SMEs inherent strength, thereby improving the quality of life and economic prosperity in the region,” said Professor Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur.
According to a World Bank study, there are 365-445 million formal and informal MSMEs in emerging markets of which the former contributes up to 60% of total employment and 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies.
Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera, also an IIT Kanpur alumni said, “SMEs in the emerging countries are going through a transformative phase. They need access to world-class research and analysis.” He further added, “Since the beginning of Deskera’s entrepreneurial journey, the company has been committed to empowering SMEs to become future-ready by the use of technology and supporting research. Our partnership with IIT Kanpur will help bridge that gap by providing the best facilities and minds along with vital data points for critical decision-making.”
Relevant statistics such as key trends, predictions, and case studies play an essential role in deciding overall market strategy, and can significantly impact SMEs’ business decisions. IIT Kanpur is well-equipped with cutting-edge capabilities and will provide an additional layer of research to help enterprises in improved decision-making.
“With excellent track-record in academic research, IIT Kanpur over the last one decade partnered with several industries to develop technological solutions to challenging problems. With a robust ecosystem for multidisciplinary research, IIT Kanpur is poised to make significant contributions in emerging fields, and the IIT Kanpur-Deskera partnership would leverage the R&D effort of MSMEs and help them to grow faster in this competitive world,” said Professor S. Ganesh, Dean, Research & Development, IIT Kanpur.
SMEs are at a threshold of scaling to the next level, and these are exciting times for them. The Governments of various nations especially India and Southeast Asia are encouraging the growth of SMEs by introducing several initiatives and policies. Deskera is committed to shaping the landscape of small and medium businesses worldwide and works closely with various SME bodies. Through this association, Deskera endeavors to bring the best-in-class research facilities and infrastructure for members of the SME associations.