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2014-01-17

Set up start-up boot camps in colleges across Kerala: Oommen Chandy

As part of its initiative to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth, the State Govt would set up Start-up Boot Camps in all higher educational institutions.

As part of its initiative to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth in the state, the State Government would set up Start-up Boot Camps in all higher educational institutions across the state.

 

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced this during the launch of the Startup Boot Camp held at the Technopark Phase III. He interacted with around 2,500 students who participated from various institutions across the state via Skype.

 

“Within one month, I would like to see all colleges in Kerala formally setting up Start-up Boot Camps and starting a new chapter in the history of your colleges,” Chandy said.

 

He added that it was time to change the old system and embrace the new, to partner with students and to enable them to follow a path of their own choice.

 

“It was with this intention that we came up with the country’s first Student Entrepreneurship Policy which allows one to spent 20 per cent of time on what one really likes and convert imaginative ideas into enterprises, which would result in generating employment for our people, generation of wealth and knowledge in our society,” the Chief Minister said.

 

Chandy opined that today Kerala was witnessing a startup revolution where every month over one hundred groups were applying to start a company, both in Technopark and in the Startup Village.

 

“I am also fully aware that today, we don’t have the world’s best startup ecosystem and there are many issues at the ground-level. To understand these issues at the ground-level and solve them pro-actively, we are setting up Startup Boot Camps in all colleges in the state,” he said.

 

The Chief Minister said that he would regularly meet one group from a college and take feedback on how to create a world-class ecosystem at home.

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