Technopark rolls out ‘Open i Space’ for young IT entrepreneurs


Trivandrum: The Trivandrum Technopark based Technology Business Incubator (TBI) has launched the much awaited Open Innovation Space initiative called ‘Open i Space’ to promote young entrepreneurs across Kerala.

The ‘Open i Space’ was inaugurated by Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy on the sidelines of a function that marked the formal announcement of Young Entrepreneurs Summit (YES) at Thiruvananthapuram on June 17, 2014.

In his inaugural address, the IT Minister said, “With the launch of the ‘Open i Space’ project, Kerala is ushering in a change and a movement by youngsters. The government has taken various steps to promote young entrepreneurs. The main objective of the initiative is to create an entrepreneurship culture among youth in Kerala.” He added that the project would provide employment to large number of professionals in the State.

The Open Innovation Space is a joint initiative of Technopark-TBI and RIW Consultancy Services (Rajdhani Technologies – Istrian Technologies – Waybeo Ventures). The ‘Open i Space’ huts, set up in the Technopark campus, offer 50 free email IDs, software licenses, virtual work spaces, servers, cloud infrastructure and other hardware requirements for start-ups at a minimum monthly cost. Concepts like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Platform As A Service (PAAS) and Software As A Service (SAAS) will also be promoted.

In addition to this, the park will provide Data Farm, which provides data storage facility to companies operating in the campus at a much lower cost with the support of HP Cloud services and IBM BlueMix for which the T-TBI has already signed MoUs.

Aruna Sundararajan IAS, ACS & MD of Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC); P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary – IT; K G Girish Babu, CEO of Technopark; Hrishikesh Nair, CEO of Infoparks & Technopark-TBI; Dr. K C Chandrasekharan Nair, MD of TBI, and Dr. Biju Ramesh, Chairman of RIW Consultancy Services were present on the occasion.

The YES will be held in Kochi on September 12. The Summit is being organised by KSIDC in association with Kerala IT, Technopark, Technopark TBI, Infopark, KINFRA, Startup Village, TiE and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

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