Kochi: In a huge endorsement of Startup Village’s ambitious plan to become the world’s largest telecom incubator, the National Innovation Council (NInC) has decided to include this as its officially backed showcase project, a move that would prompt other State governments to replicate this model. The endorsement came at a full sitting of NInC here on January 22, 2013.
The Startup Village team and Shaffi Mather, Economic Advisor to Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy, made an elaborate presentation on the project, which seeks to create 1,000 student start-ups in ten years in the telecom sector. Headed by Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations (PIII), NInC is the official think-tank to discuss, analyse and help implement strategies for innovation in India and suggest measures for innovation during 2010-2020.
At the meeting, Pitroda suggested bringing out a white paper on Startup Village to scale the model by other State governments. The meeting was held as a follow up to the visit by the NInC Chairman to Startup Village in Kochi earlier this month. The meeting also appreciated the Kerala government’s support to the Startup Village through its landmark student entrepreneurship policy, which provides 20% attendance and 4% grace marks to students who pursue innovation on the campus.
“The momentum that Startup Village has had over the last eight months will now get a huge impetus with the endorsement from National Innovation Council. We are elated over the NInC’s decision to include telecom incubation as its officially recognized project. This is a huge affirmation and recognition of our efforts to turn Kerala into India’s Silicon Coast by creating entrepreneurs out of campus students,” said Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman of Board of Governors of Startup Village.
The endorsement for Startup Village’s telecom incubation project has also come from a clutch of management experts and top corporate bodies. IIM Ahmadabad Prof. Anil Gupta and Kiran Karnik, former president of NASSCOM, have agreed to visit Startup Village in a month’s time. Similarly, Arun Maira, a Member of the Planning Commission, has promised to visit after the presentation of the Union Budget 2013-14.
Kerala IT News