Special Edition: The Global Startup Ecosystem with Prasad Joshi

06 Apr 2021

Prasad Joshi, Senior Vice President and Head of Infosys’ Center for Emerging Technology Solutions (iCETS), explains how the Infosys Innovation Network works with startups to harness creativity and accelerate digitalization.

Hosted by Jeff Kavanaugh, VP and Head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute.

“At the core of it is the drive that no matter how we or our client enterprises do their innovation, the speed, agility, the diversity of ideas that you would get from startup companies and that entire ecosystem of what they bring to the table in terms of new areas, new technologies, new disruptions, and ability to assimilate that in an enterprise context is key to driving the future proofing of the business.”

“That is what enterprises need to do, let these little companies that are called startups bring that innovation curiosity, ability to challenge the status quo and then make a change for us as well.”

- Prasad Joshi

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Show Notes

  • 00:17

    Jeff welcomes Prasad.

  • 00:31

    Prasad, you've been central to harness innovation and accelerate the digitalization of business and industry Tell us more about the Infosys Innovation Network and its role in this strategy.

  • 01:16

    What specifically does the Infosys Innovation Network provide your clients?

  • 02:38

    Could you give a real life example from both a startup as well as the client's perspective and how it all came together?

  • 04:49

    How do financials with the economics work between the startups and the clients?

  • 06:42

    How long does it take, typically from the time you start a discussion? Let's say you've vetted a startup and you could work with them from the time that a connection or an opportunity to surface to actually them delivering work or helping a client.

  • 08:14

    What advice would you have to a founder to maybe either get involved with this innovation network or something like it?

  • 09:26

    To go from strength to strength, what are you looking at now and where do you see the innovation network in the next couple of years?

  • 11:53

    What are some tips and guides for working with an orchestrator or a startup?

  • 14:17

    Prasad shares how to connect with the Infosys Innovation Network



About Prasad Joshi

Prasad Joshi

Prasad leads Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions (iCETS). iCETS is the key unit within Infosys, responsible for building expertise in emerging technologies and contextualizing them to create business solutions for Infosys clients. Prasad has been instrumental in building the strategic 'Living Labs' program at Infosys and through it has setup co-creation labs with key clients.

His portfolio focus includes AI and Cognitive Solutions, Blockchain, Design and Experience, AR-VR, and Cyber Security and Data Management. Under Prasad's leadership iCETS has created products for Live Enterprise Application Management (LEAP), Cyber Security (Cyber Next), Digital Customer Service (Infosys Cortex), Conversational Interfaces, data privacy, enterprise gamification, and location based solutions among other areas. As part of global charter, he leads the creation of startup ecosystems – Infosys Innovation Network (IIN) and academia relationships.

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