t.alex, everything can be possible with transparent and seamless government support. Semiconductor Startup Company may need $50m – $60m as initial investment. Lacks in advanced angel investor culture, which focuses on funding and advising hi-technology startup companies, could be the main reason.
Most startups require funding, after they exhaust the initial capital. But at this very early stage, typically no venture capitalists will invest less than $1m and in such situation, angel investors can typically fill the gap for funding. It is estimated that in US, 300K to 600K angels, invest $40B in over 5000 companies per year. However, the risk associated with an angel round is very high and they lose the money outright in many cases. In order to normalize this, they look for investing in companies that have the potential to offer 10X returns on investments. Sadly, India does not have a culture of angel investments yet, maybe because the hi-tech industry is immature and not too many successful hi-tech entrepreneurs. A few networks exist, but their exposure to hi-tech is very limited.
t.alex, yes now a day’s government is focusing much in electronic sector, including semiconductor electronics. This is mainly because of the huge requirement from internal market and possibility of Chinese spy ware through imported semiconductor chips and equipments. We can expect a fab unit very soon either in Hyderabad or Chennai. Background processes (paperwork and single window system) are happening and due to elections in some part of India, the respective governments are slow down the process. Probably there is a chance to draft the investment policy during ELITES-2011 which is going to be, happens in April 4th and 5th.
Backorder, Freescale have a plan for setting up a fab unit in Chennai near to Nokia plant. The main aim behind this movement is to tap the requirement from local markets like Nokia, Alcatel, visionics etc. Officially still they had not announced anything because of the state election, going to happens in April. Last February top officials from Freescale had a discussion with IT secretary to Tamilnadu government, for seeking permission and the infrastructure for setting up the unit. Once it’s officially announced, I can update you with details.
Maou_villaflore, the problems are not with foreign investments or labour codes or policies. India has everything like necessary infrastructure, skilled manpower, connectivity, good foreign investment policy etc. All such things are in force and other sectors including IT/BPO, Automobiles industries are making use of that. Even India had more than 10 automobile plants including BMW, Ford and Hyundai. The main factor is India didn’t prioritize semiconductor growth still 2007. Now government is very keen for promoting semiconductor and telecom industry. As the part of this ongoing policy DIT had started feasible study for Indian version of microprocessor and hope it will be in a fruitful way, within a couple of years.
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