Kochi: Infopark, Kochi’s incubation facility for IT entrepreneurs and MSMEs received a major fillip with the addition of a new 4,000 sq. ft. IT block with state-of-the-art facilities to its existing work space at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi.
Infopark took over the facility, earlier known as ITES Habitat, from Kerala State IT Mission last year, as directed by the State government. Infopark carried out renovation of the existing work space and added 4,000 sq. ft. built-up area, creating a futuristic infrastructure facility for the start-ups. This has created an additional 100 seats capacity for IT start-ups.
The new wing was inaugurated today by Hibi Eden, MLA in the presence of N Venugopal, Chairman, Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA); P H Kurian, Principal Secretary – Industries & IT; S Ramnath, MD, Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL); and Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Infoparks.
The Technology Business Centre (TBC) offers advanced infrastructure facilities at affordable rate to startup companies in the IT/ITES sector. The TBC shall also provide mentoring and marketing support for the companies to boost their business in the initial stages. The government is planning to procure technology-based products developed by these small companies and start-ups in order to enhance the government’s e-governance project.
“The centre will act as an accelerator for the fledgling IT companies. We have allocated space to small-medium sized companies (even on seat basis) to make it more affordable for young people looking to build their business,” said Hrishikesh.
The TBC offers plug-and-play facility for start-ups in the IT/ITES sector. Besides, Infopark will provide business consultancy, technology, prototype development support and research assistance.
The park authorities will also help the companies to secure adequate funding. Currently, the TBC houses 48 companies ranging from small to mid-segment. Out of the newly created space, 40 seat space is allocated to NRI-TBI, a not-for-profit society aimed at helping NRIs to establish product-based IT companies at nominal cost and without any hassles.
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