Oct 30: The startup scenario in Kerala is booming like never before and in an effort to offer a helping hand to aspiring entrepreneurs in the state’s tier 2 and 3 cities, the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) has lined up a state-wide ‘Startup Yatra’ in November. The ‘Startup Yatra’ will traverse a distance of over 1000 km across the state.
The march to be flagged off from the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s official residence in Thiruvananthapuram, on November 1, will proceed to Kasargod, covering multiple educational institutions on its way. The yatra will culminate at the state capital’s Park Center on November 27.
Being organized in collaboration with Startup India, the Central government’s flagship initiative to empower startups through innovation and design, the Startup Yatra will have as its primary objective identifying promising entrepreneurs from the state’s smaller cities, offer them support in terms of incubation and mentorship from renowned institutions and also help them tide over the lack of resources.
The yatra’s highlight will be the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) Summit at Amal Jyothi College, Kottayam, on November 3. One of Asia’s biggest gathering of start up aspirants, the Summit will be a one-of-its-kind platform to facilitate the transformation of entrepreneurship-related ideas into market-fit products. The yatra will reach TiEcon Kerala 2018, south India’s largest convention of entrepreneurs. The theme of the event, to be held on November 16-17 at Le Meridien, Kochi, is ‘Rebuild Kerala’.
As part of the yatra, eight boot camps and 14 van stops are planned across the state’s 14 districts. The boot camps, to be held at colleges and universities, will hold ideation workshops and idea-pitching sessions for students. Aspiring entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to a panel and the winners will get an opportunity to participate in a two-day acceleration programme with a leading incubator. At the end of the programme, the shortlisted candidates will be able to pitch for offers by incubators as well as incentives by the state government.
The boot camp venues are Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; TKM College of Engineering, Kollam; St. Joseph’sCollege of Engineering and Technology, Palai; St Teresa’s College, Ernakulam; Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology, Thrissur; National Institute of Technology, Calicut; Government Polytechnic College, Meenangadi,Wayanad; and LBS College, Kasaragod.