The social media giant is looking to woo more startups into their platform by setting up an SME council. The council will help small ventures from different industries to share feedback and discuss ideas around leveraging technology to grow their enterprise.
Facebook has been a preferred marketing, customer support & branding tool for several startups in India. Facebook claims to have over 2 million Indian small and medium businesses on its platform. Globally this number has crossed 45 million.
“Small businesses are the backbone of India’s economy. From kirana stores to restaurants and online clothing sites, these businesses drive economic growth, create new jobs and enrich the lives of people across the country,” Facebook India Managing Director Kirthiga Reddy told PTI.
Facebook Has Already ‘Identified’ Key Members For The Council
The Council will have members like Amruta Walvekar (Wrapistry), Anaka Narayanan (Brass Tacks), Anitha Nayak (Floured), Gautam Ivatury (MeraDoctor), Maya Chandrasekaran (Babajob.com), R Balakrishnan (GIO Adventures) and Vivek Iyer (English Dost).
Last month, Mark Zuckerberg, in a Facebook post announced that Internet.org will be accessible across the country, through its Free Basics app on the Reliance network. The service crossed 8 lakh users in February.[Source]