Trivandrum: A one day workshop on the theme ‘Innovation-led and Technology-intensive Entrepreneurship: The Way Ahead for Kerala’, organised by Kerala Financial Corporation today in Thiruvananthapuram as a part of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations, has deliberated on innovations and technologies that drive modern day entrepreneurs, and how the new generation start ups function.
Inaugurating the workshop, Prof. Anil K Gupta, Member of National Innovation Council, emphasized the need to create an innovation relay in the country and to move from the incubation model of supporting entrepreneurs to the sanctuary model. “There was a need to create common working spaces for entrepreneurs, and also micro venture finance and innovation venture fund to promote new enterprises. Conditions in Kerala are conducive for innovation growth and entrepreneurs should focus not just on technology innovation but also social and cultural innovation”, he added.
In his presidential address, Jose Cyriac, Chairman of Kerala State Innovation Council said that innovation is the key to growth and it should lead entrepreneurship but it need not be technology intensive. He called upon the entrepreneurs to focus on innovation in traditional industries and service delivery.
In his keynote address, P H Kurien IAS, Principal Secretary – IT & Industries, explained the State’s initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and encourage entrepreneurs and said that a lot of innovation can happen in Kerala.
Earlier, P Joy Oommen , Chairman & Managing Director of KFC welcomed the delegates and introduced the theme of the workshop. There were three sessions on ‘Issues in Innovations, Technology and Entrepreneurship’; ‘Innovations and Technologies for Social Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Understanding the world of Startups’. About 450 professional college students, prospective entrepreneurs, eminent practitioners, academicians and experts from across Kerala were present during the workshop.
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