Trivandrum: Unlike many other States, which developed their startup ecosystem by attracting talents from other geographies, Kerala has built a model that identifies, nurtures and promotes talented innovations within the State, Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan said here today while inaugurating the Huddle Kerala, a startup ecosystem congregation, at Kovalam.
The two-day event has been organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in association with Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IAMAI Startup Foundation.
“Kerala became the first State to come out with a start-up policy. In 2017, we issued the second policy document, which specifically identifies the interventions required to successfully develop new ventures in the State. Currently, there are more than 1,000 startups registered under the KSUM, and we have more than two lakh sq ft of incubation space available for startups,” he added.
Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Digital Transformation Higher Committee, chief guest at the event, lauded the educational progress of Kerala in building up a strong startup ecosystem.
Paul Antony IAS, Chief Secretary; Harish Krishnan, MD, Cisco India; Subho Ray, President, IAMAI; Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM, and M Sivasankar, IT Secretary; were present for the inaugural session.
As many as 1,350 delegates and 600 startups participated in the deliberations on the opening day of Huddle Kerala. About 40 startups from outside Kerala and 12 investors turned up for the conclave on the first day. The number of mentors was 120. In the beachside huddle, there were 10 founder talks and 20 tech talks, while 150 one-on-one networking with investors and mentors were held. Besides, 50 startups pitched their products.
‘Huddle Kerala’ offers a platform for startups to showcase their products and interact with a wide array of technology and industry leaders from around the world. The conclave offers a platform for startups to showcase their products and interact with a wide range of technology and industry leaders from around the world.
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