Startup Village to replicate Kerala story in Andhra Pradesh


Kochi: Moving beyond the Kerala shores, Startup Village made a triumphal march into Andhra Pradesh by bringing the unique technology incubator to the state and validating its mandate to foster entrepreneurship and the culture of innovation in the country.

The Andhra Pradesh government has inked an MoU with Startup Village at Visakhapatnam to create 1,000 startups over the next five years in the State. The MoU, initialled by Startup Village Chairman, Sanjay Vijayakumar and Sanjay Jaju, Secretary, Information Technology & Communication, Andhra Pradesh government, makes Andhra Pradesh the second state in the country to have a startup village for creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and a world class incubation facility at Visakhapatnam.

Startup Village will launch Rasberry Pie programme for school children and startup boot camps in engineering colleges towards creating a strong foundation to achieve the objective of creating 1,000 startups in Andhra Pradesh.

“It is a huge endorsement of Startup Village, India’s first telecom and Internet incubator which is making determined efforts to build a Silicon Coast in the country,” said Sanjay.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who inaugurated the startup project on the PPP model, known as Technology Research and Innovation Park (TRIP), praised the Startup Village at Kochi. TRIP is a world class facility spread over 17,000 sq ft at the IT layout, Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam.

“Startup Village is a nation-building activity to create a startup ecosystem so that the youth in the nation can create new opportunities brought by the Internet revolution. It has changed the mindset of Keralites from being job-seekers to job-creators and this mindset change is unbelievable” he said.

Conveying his deep appreciation for the Startup Village model, CM said he was convinced that the model would be replicated completely in the new State of Andhra Pradesh for creating an entrepreneurial culture.

Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder of Infosys & Chief Mentor of Startup Village who attended the event as Special Guest, recounted that Infosys was started in a rented flat when the founders were young as there was no risk. “The youth have to take advantage of new opportunities.”

Startup Village has the stated goal of finding a billion dollar campus startup from India within the next 10 years.

Kerala IT News


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