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Ericsson and F.I.R.S.T at IIT Kanpur form strategic partnership for driving next-gen financial solutions innovations

  • Ericsson India and the Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (F.I.R.S.T) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur announce a strategic partnership to drive innovation in Mobile Financial Services (MFS) and Fintech solutions.
  • Collaboration aims to leverage Ericsson's global expertise and F.I.R.S.T’s innovation ecosystem to create groundbreaking solutions.
  • Partnership signifies Ericsson’s strengthened leadership in the rapidly evolving financial technology sector.
Press release
Apr 24, 2024
Ericsson and IIT Kanpur partner for Financial Innovation in India

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and the Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (F.I.R.S.T) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur have announced a two-year strategic partnership to drive innovation in Mobile Financial Services (MFS) and Fintech solutions. The partnership will identify emerging technologies, trends, and market insights to address real customer needs. This collaboration comes at a pivotal moment as the digital wallet market is predicted to surpass $16 trillion in transactions by 2028.

Ericsson's Wallet Platform supports over 400 million registered mobile wallets, processing 2.8 billion transactions valued at over $40 billion monthly. This collaboration represents a significant stride for Ericsson in affirming its leadership in technology and innovation within the Financial Services space. Teaming up with F.I.R.S.T at IIT Kanpur, renowned for fostering technological innovation, this partnership leverages Ericsson’s global experience to drive meaningful advancements in the financial technology sector.

Michael Wallis-Brown, Global Head of Ericsson Mobile Financial Services, highlights, "This collaboration reinforces Ericsson's dedication to innovation and meeting evolving market demands in Financial Services, Payments, and Mobile Money. We're excited about the possibilities this partnership unlocks for our customers and the broader Fintech ecosystem."

Nitin Bansal, Managing Director at Ericsson India, emphasized, "Our collaboration with F.I.R.S.T at IIT Kanpur represents a significant milestone in Ericsson's commitment to fostering local talent and driving impactful solutions. By combining global expertise with local insights, we aim to lead the way in Mobile Money solutions, contributing to technological excellence and inclusive growth in India."

Prof. Ankush Sharma, Professor-in-Charge, SIIC, IIT Kanpur, remarked, “We are thrilled to embark on this transformative journey alongside Ericsson, leveraging our combined expertise to drive innovation in Mobile Financial Services.” He also stated, “This collaboration not only exemplifies our commitment to fostering technological advancements but also underscores our dedication to empowering communities through inclusive solutions.”

Through this partnership, both Ericsson and F.I.R.S.T at IIT Kanpur are poised to make meaningful contributions to the rapidly evolving financial technology landscape, driving economic growth and digital inclusion globally


Related links

Ericsson Wallet Platform 

FIRST - Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology at IIT Kanpur


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About F.I.R.S.T, IIT Kanpur:

The Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) at IIT Kanpur has established itself as a leading force in fostering technological innovation. Founded in 2000, SIIC has cultivated a robust ecosystem that supports the entire lifecycle of groundbreaking ideas. In 2018, SIIC further solidified its commitment to translating research into real-world impact by establishing the Foundation for Innovation and Research in Science and Technology (FIRST).  A not-for-profit Section 8 company, FIRST serves as IIT Kanpur's technology business incubator, providing critical resources and mentorship to budding entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. FIRST demonstrably contributes to societal progress and technological breakthroughs through its comprehensive services, including support for patenting and commercialization.