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Kerala Chief Minister Flags Off Statewide ‘Startup Yatra’

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday flagged off the statewide ‘Startup Yatra’, being organised by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) with the aim of nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs in Kerala’s tier 2 and 3 cities and helping them realise their startup dreams. The first-of-its-kind roadshow will cover over 1,000 km around the State, with stopovers

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday flagged off the statewide ‘Startup Yatra’, being organised by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) with the aim of nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs in Kerala’s tier 2 and 3 cities and helping them realise their startup dreams.

The first-of-its-kind roadshow will cover over 1,000 km around the State, with stopovers at scores of educational institutions on the way. The campaign, which set out from the Chief Minister’s official residence Cliff House here, will travel up to the northernmost district Kasargod before concluding in a grand finale at the State capital’s Park Centre on November 26-27., and give away prizes totaling Rs 10 lakh and incubation support to the winners.

M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, IT and Electronics, Government of Kerala and Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM, were present on the occasion. “The main aim of ‘Startup Yatra’ is to trace aspiring entrepreneurs, encourage their ideas and provide them all support to nurture their unique ideas,” said Sivasankar speaking on the occasion.

The ‘Startup Yatra’ is being organised by KSUM in collaboration with Startup India, the Central Government’s flagship initiative to empower startups through innovation and design. The primary objective of the march is to identify promising entrepreneurs from the State’s smaller cities, offer them support in terms of incubation and mentorship from renowned institutions and also help them tide over the lack of resources.

The ‘Yatra’s highlight will be the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) Summit to be organised at Amal Jyothi College, Kottayam, on November 3. One of Asia’s biggest gatherings of startup aspirants, the Summit will be a platform to facilitate the transformation of entrepreneurship-related ideas into market-fit products.

The Yatra will reach TiEcon Kerala 2018, south India’s largest convention of entrepreneurs. The theme of the event, to be held on November 16-17 at Le Meridien, Kochi, is ‘Rebuild Kerala’.

As part of the Yatra, eight boot camps and 14 van stops have been planned across the State’s 14 districts. The boot camps, to be held at colleges and universities, will hold ideation workshops and idea-pitching sessions for students. Aspiring entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to a panel and the winners will get an opportunity to participate in a two-day acceleration programme with a leading incubator. At the end of the programme, the shortlisted candidates will be able to pitch for offers by incubators as well as incentives by the State Government.

The boot camp venues are Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; TKM College of Engineering, Kollam; St. Joseph’s College of Engineering and Technology, Palai; St Teresa’s College, Ernakulam; Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology, Thrissur; National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode; Government Polytechnic College, Meenangadi, Wayanad and LBS College, Kasargod.

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