Young Kerala entrepreneurs make dream trip to Silicon Valley


Kochi: A peep into Silicon Valley, no matter for what brief a period, is a cherished dream of any IT whiz kid. No wonder the five student entrepreneurs incubating their companies at the Kochi Startup Village are still to come to grips with the excitement of spending a couple of weeks at the Valley.

For, never in his wildest of dreams did Aravind Sanjeev (ARS Devices) think that his dream company Scully Helmets would be operating out of one bench and four chairs at Silicon Valley in California. For friend and fellow entrepreneur Vijith Padmanabhan, the fact that the multi-billion mobile app company Evernote has expressed interest in associating with his modest Dolojo Labs is yet to sink in.

Fellow entrepreneurs Akash Mathew (CIED Technologies), Nithin George Charuvila (QPlay Tech), and Jibin Jose (QEdge Code Studios) still get goose-bumps on thinking of having met their icons and legendary Silicon Valley figures like Orkut Buyukkokten and Ron Conway.

They are the first five winners of the maiden annual SV Square project of the Kerala government which was officially rolled out by Startup Village on January 30, 2013. The objective of the initiative is to provide the brightest student entrepreneurs the exposure to the renowned entrepreneurial culture of the Silicon Valley and eventually enable them replicate the success back home.

These young entrepreneurs also had the rare chance of narrating their success stories and the Silicon Valley experience before the State Cabinet meeting held at Thiruvananthapuram yesterday. With Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy’s assurance that government would provide all help to start-up initiatives, more young entrepreneurs would soon fly to the Silicon Valley, thanks to the government’s decision to extend an all-expense paid trip to the Silicon Valley as part of the SV square initiative.

For these entrepreneurs, the two-week long dream trip to the Silicon Valley seems to have opened up a world of professional opportunities besides inculcating in them the belief that they could soon convert Kerala in to a cradle of global technology revolution along the lines of Silicon Valley.

Sijo Kuruvila George, CEO of Startup Village, who led the delegation to the Silicon Valley, said that the visit gifted the young entrepreneurs a diverse experience.

Kerala IT News