Sam Pitroda pats Startup Village for helping create new Kerala


Kochi: Lauding Startup Village for laying out a good eco-system to innovate ideas, Sam Pitroda, who is regarded as the father of telecom revolution in India, felt that the telecom incubator did help in creating a ‘new Kerala’. He was addressing the entrepreneurs during his first ever visit to Startup Village, which is emerging as one of the largest telecom incubators in the world and changing the technology landscape of India. He was in Kochi for the Pravasi Bharat Diwas programme.

The young entrepreneurs in Startup Village were fortunate to be in good eco-system where they can innovate new ideas that would bring out new products beneficial to the society. “This is the new Kerala where the young minds are able to plant new seeds of growth to bring out new ideas. Lots of young minds coming together and experimenting on new ideas can produce wonders,” he said.

Sam, currently Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information, Infrastructure & Innovations, exhorted the youngsters to contribute their mite in developing new ideas that could turn into new ventures in the technology sector. Reminding that India has an estimated 550 million young minds and creation of jobs for them was a big challenge, he explained that jobs for these youngsters should come from young entrepreneurs within the country as it is tough to start a company.

Answering a question on how he was going to help the entrepreneurs, he said “we don’t distribute money. The entrepreneurs should be able demonstrate their skills which itself would find new buyers”. Later he asked the entrepreneurs to give a presentation at the National Innovation Council, which was scheduled to meet in New Delhi, on January 21.

P H Kurien IAS, Principal Secretary – IT, Kerala; Shafi Mather, Economic Advisor to the Kerala Chief Minister; Samir Mitra, Advisor to the PM on Public Information, Infrastructure & Innovations; Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman, Startup Village and Sijo Kuruvila, were present on the occasion.

Kerala IT News


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