Startup Village Enters Its 3rd year Of New Business Mentoring Program.
Startup Village, which has recently completed two successful year as of this month, will be bolstering its incubation support system with an industry-startup connects leadership program that will provide business mentoring for upcoming entrepreneurs.
Some of the world’s leading technology companies are expected to come on board the mentoring program, which will be lead by Infosys Executive Vice Chairman and Startup Village Chief Mentor Kris Gopalakrishnan. The plans for the new project will be announced during the technology business incubator’s second anniversary celebration to be inaugrated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Shri Oommen Chandy during 4 pm on a Saturday.
Minister for Industries and IT Shri P K Kunhalikutty and Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan will also address young entrepreneurs at Startup Village on the occasion.
“It has been a wonderful two years for the incubator. We started with just two companies and are today supporting around 600,” said Sijo Kuruvilla George, the CEO of Startup Village. “Our goal is to make Kerala one of the top five startup destinations in the world and to that end we are constantly looking to improve the ecosystem here.”“Having identified a gap in business mentoring, we are now trying to get the most successful global technology companies to advice entrepreneurs here on strategy and leadership,” he said.
The Startup Village was originally launched during April 15, 2014 as India’s first business incubator that focused on mobile-internet technology and funded jointly by both public and private sector. Within those two years along, it has received more that 2,200 applications and more than 200 of the 600 companies it supports currently are students startups.
“Student entrepreneurship, backed by Kerala government’s policies and incentives, has been the biggest driver of social and cultural change in recent times,” said Sanjay Vijayakumar, the Chairman of Startup Village. “The wave of entrepreneurship and the demand for incubation support is so strong, we are planning to expand beyond our core area of mobile and internet technology into allied sectors such as electronics and hardware.”
Some of the major initiatives of Startup Village for entrepreneurs included SV Sqaure, a government-backed programe that gives students the chance to go to Silicon Valley and experience the atmosphere first hand: Develooop Programme to create a community of 1000+mobile application developers spreading across engineering colleges. Startup Villages also became home to the very first BlackBerry Innovation Zone to be set within the Asia Pacific Region.