The visit of H.E. David Puig, the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in India, and Ms. Bianca Baez, First Secretary, to the ASPIRE incubation centres at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) marks a significant moment of international collaboration and knowledge exchange. On this occasion, the Ambassador and Ms. Baez engaged in a productive interaction with the ASPIRE team, as well as with some of the promising start-ups currently incubating at the centre.

The event was graced by the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, Prof. B J Rao; key members of the ASPIRE management team, and CEOs of ASPIRE-BioNEST and ASPIRE-TBI, who actively participated in the interactive meeting. During this session, the university’s leadership and ASPIRE’s management shared insights into the ambitious initiatives that have been undertaken to foster a dynamic innovation ecosystem within the academic institution.

Ambassador Puig, in his address to the ASPIRE members, provided valuable insights into the diverse programs and opportunities for collaboration that exist between the Dominican Republic and India. His keen interest in exploring avenues for strengthening bilateral relations and forging partnerships between educational institutions and entrepreneurial ecosystems in both nations was evident. The Ambassador particularly commended ASPIRE for its dedication to nurturing an entrepreneurial culture and supporting start-ups in the development of science-based products with profound societal impact.

The discussions between the visiting delegation and the ASPIRE team culminated in a consensus to explore potential joint programs focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship in the near future. This commitment to collaboration signifies the intent to create synergies that transcend geographical boundaries, with the aim of fostering innovation, supporting start-up ventures, and propelling knowledge exchange between the Dominican Republic and India.

The visit of H.E. David Puig and Ms. Bianca Baez to the ASPIRE incubation centres at the University of Hyderabad serves as a testament to the global recognition of ASPIRE’s efforts in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. It underscores the importance of international partnerships in advancing the frontiers of science and technology for the betterment of society. This visit not only strengthens the ties between the Dominican Republic and India but also enriches the entrepreneurial landscape at the University of Hyderabad, reinforcing its position as a hub for innovation and creative problem-solving.