Kochi: Top officials of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) visited Startup Village, Kochi to learn more about the technology business incubator and explore avenues to support young entrepreneurs there.
Rajan Anandan, Managing Director of Google India; Kirthiga Reddy, Country Head of Facebook; Nishant Rao, Country Head of LinkedIn; G Chakrapani, Consumer Channel Group Head of Microsoft; Subho Ray, President of IAMAI and Mariam Mathew, COO of Manorama Online were part of the delegation that interacted with the firms to learn about the startup ecosystem at the Village, which has become a nurturing ground for young entrepreneurs in the country.
In his comments, Rajan said, “This is an amazing place and we really need to appreciate the effort that has gone into creating such an incubation facility. This model should be replicated in all other States. The talent, ambition and confidence of these youngsters are impressive.” He added that Google currently provides services worth $25,000 per startup as support and the same will be made available to firms at Startup village. “There are plans to offer more in the coming days.”
Subho said that they will extend all possible assistance to young entrepreneurs at the village. “We have formally initiated a discussion with the Startup Village team. We will finalise a support scheme in due course.”
Startup Village Chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar said that it was a major recognition for Startup Village that majors like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Microsoft were coming forward to interact with the young entrepreneurs and appreciating the start-up ecosystem which they have created.
Pranav Kumar Suresh, CEO, who presented Startup Village’s vision to the delegation, said the visitors were impressed by the innovative products and ideas of the youngsters. “Our effort has started to pay off. The youngsters are going to benefit through interactions with bigwigs like Google and Microsoft. We will be exploring ways in which we can work with these global organizations to bring value to startups and build the ecosystem. 15 startups have been invited by the delegation for an interaction and pitch.”
Kerala IT News