Indian IT services firm Wipro has inaugurated an innovation center in the US city of Richmond, Virginia.
The move follows in the footsteps of its domestic peer Infosys, which hired more than 10,000 Americans in the past few years by launching similar engineering centers one after another.
The Bangalore-based company said it will share its expertise with local startups, in addition to training local students in new technologies.
This is the third center of this kind Wipro has launched in the United States this year after opening a software center of excellence in Dallas and a digital and technology center in Minneapolis.
The Richmond center will create around 200 jobs over the next two years. Wipro already employs over 500 professionals in Virginia, most of them working at its clients’ offices.
The 10,000 square-foot facility will focus on developing customer experience solutions and mentoring startups in cybersecurity, cloud, digital and DevOps. It will host workshops on design thinking, and work on technology development projects in collaboration with local industries.
As part of the inauguration, Wipro donated 2,500 books in the Hanover and Henrico County school districts in partnership with a nonprofit First Book.
“Business agility and innovation are critical to succeed in the Digital Age, and the investment in our new Engineering and Innovation Center brings these two elements closer to our clients,” Angan Guha, Senior Vice President & Global Head, BFSI, Wipro, said in a press release.
“This will enable us to scale our market-leading partnerships with start-up leaders and large enterprise customers whose innovations continue to transform their industries.”