Trivandrum: The Technopark campus today played host to ‘Technopreneur 14’, a workshop organised by DSIR TePP Outreach cum Cluster Innovation Centre (TOCIC), Technopark in association with the Union Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Kerala IT, Technopark-TBI and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), meant for prospective innovators, student innovators, startup companies and MSME clusters.
Inaugurating the workshop, Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty said the Kerala Government has initiated a number of programmes to promote young entrepreneurs as the State’s hopes and expectations are pinned on its younger generation. The main objective of the initiative was to develop an entrepreneurial mindset among youth in Kerala.
The Minister also launched the official website of ‘Young Entrepreneurs Summit’ (YES), a key initiative by the Kerala Government to promote young entrepreneurs in the State. The summit, to be held in Kochi in September this year, will be organized by KSIDC along with Technopark, Infopark, KINFRA, Technopark- TBI, Startup Village, TiE and CII.
Aruna Sundararajan, IAS, ACS & MD of KSIDC said, “Within two years, Technopark would become a premium technological hub. The workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to evolve a road map whereby they can establish their own enterprises. Summits and workshops will help the government to encourage more youngsters to take up entrepreneurship.”
Hrishikesh Nair, CEO of Technopark TBI said, “The workshop is designed to give clarity on how to transform ideas into reality and become successful ‘Technopreneurs’. It is a platform for technology entrepreneurs in the state to know more about business opportunities”.
The workshop helped the innovators understand how to transform their crazy ideas or technology innovations into technical prototypes and later into market value prototypes through utilizing the PRISM (Promoting Innovations in Individuals, Startups and MSMEs) funding mechanism of DSIR, Govt of India. Sessions on PRISM, Patenting of Innovations, R & D Scenario and Innovations in MSMEs were also held. Successful entrepreneurs from the state shared their experience with the youngsters.
K G Girish Babu, CEO of Technopark; Philip John, President – Software, Accel Frontline and Chairman PIE, IEEE Kerala; and Dr K C Chandrasekharan, Secretary Registrar, T-TBI and TOCIC Coordinator also spoke.
Kerala IT News