Online taxi aggregator Uber has signed a pact with technology startup incubator T-Hub for UberExchange program. The startup incubator T-Hub was set up by Telangana government. As part of the deal, T-Hub will be leveraging its expertise in short listing 20 startups through existing network of both the organizations, according to Eric Alexander, Head of Business, Uber Asia. T-Hub will invite startups to apply for the UberExchange program through an online application process and encourage participation and representation from startups across the country, Alexander said. Also Read - BYJU's Early Learn app takes kindergarten classes online using Disney characters and computer-vision frameworkAlso Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelines
One of the most important things for entrepreneurs is to surround themselves with experienced mentors who understand what they are going through and who can provide the right guidance and support, he said. Of the 20 startups selected initially, 10 will be taken to Silicon Valley for further mentoring and introduce them to the world class startup ecosystem, T-Hub CEO Jay Krishnan said. On surge pricing, Alexander said they are in touch with state governments and other agencies on regulatory issues. Uber has also planned to hire over 150 people over the next few months to ramp up its customer support operations in India as part of its efforts to enhance driver and rider experience on its platform.
Uber, which counts India as its third-largest market in terms of number of trips after the US and China currently has about 350 people at its Hyderabad facility handling rider and driver support. At present, Uber employs more than 600 people in India across operations including sales and marketing.