Mason Enterprise Center to Host Indian Technology Companies

Posted: June 17, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm

On June 8, the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) and several other organizations welcomed five technology companies to Fairfax as part of the Virginia-India partnership.

MEC will provide a shared office space and marketing personnel to the companies for three years.

D.K. Sareen, the Executive Director of  the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council of India, the client who brought in the 5 new companies from India, Dale Lestina, Chairman of the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority (sponsor of the MEC incubator program) and Keith Segerson, Managing Director of the Mason Enterprise Center.

From left, D.K. Sareen, executive director of the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council of India; Dale Lestina, chairman of the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority; and Keith Segerson, managing director of the Mason Enterprise Center, at the June 8 reception.

Representatives from the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), an Indian government-sponsored association of information technology exporters; the Northern Virginia Technology Council; and the Crowell & Moring law firm participated in the reception at MEC’s offices.

Gov. Timothy Kaine announced the partnership last October during the Virginia Conference on World Trade.

“As one of Virginia’s strongest trade allies in the technology industry, India holds a key place in efforts to develop and strengthen our economy,” Kaine said. “Partnerships with trade organizations like ESC will create an important network of resources for our state’s more than 10,900 high-tech firms.”

The Indian companies provide call-center services, SAP development expertise, web portal development, open-source software development, infrastructure management, business software applications development, hardware/software testing and Microsoft development technologies, among other services.

The five companies are expected to create 60 high-paying jobs within three years.

“Virginia companies will be in a position to directly take advantage of the unique technologies offered by the Indian firms and also explore the prospects for exporting their products and services to the large Indian marketplace,” said Marshall Ferrin, MEC director of international business development.

The companies are CCS Technologies, Vishnu Solutions, 01 Synergy, Zansys Technologies and Symbiosys Technologies.

Write to gazette at gazette@gmu.edu