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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Entrepreneurship Development Club (mi3)


marian inspiration, innovation, incubation

You need not have years of work experience, millions of high-profile friends or a fancy college degree to become a CEO. If you are a student in Kerala, you will soon have the opportunity to lead a company as a CEO or COO, while still in college. The Kerala government launched Startup Bootcamp in Technopark, Trivandrum on Jan 15th.  Under this initiative, all higher education institutes in the state will now create an Entrepreneurship Development Club (EDC). These clubs will be not-for-profit societies. They would be run entirely by college students who would hold positions such as chief executive office (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), chief technology officer (CTO) or chief financial officer (CFO). The aim of launching such an initiative is to give students a taste of entrepreneurship and familiarise them with the process of running a company.  We hope that after such an experience more students will learn to lead and think out of the box. We want the youth of Kerala to become job providers instead of being job seekers, said Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy via Skype to an audience of more than 1500 students and teachers at Technopark. “Kerala is witnessing a startup revolution where every month over one hundred groups are applying to start a company, both at Technopark and at Startup Village,” said Chandy, who was unable to attend the launch because he recently underwent a surgery. “Today, we inaugurate Startup Bootcamps to enable young students to take part in giving shapes to their dreams.” Other prominent ministers of state were also present at the event and they reiterated their aim to make Kerala the hub of  innovation in India. “We need product companies to come from our colleges. This is our dream, “ said P. K. Kunhalikutty, Minister for Industries and Information Technology, Government of Kerala. “Bring an idea and the rest will be taken care of by the government.” The Minister of Education, P. K. Abdu Rabb said the EDCs would also provide management and financial training to students. International exposure to top universities and leading startup destinations of the world such as Silicon Valley would be weaved into the initiative. The government is still in the process of working out the details of Startup Bootcamp. “We need your inputs on how to structure Entrepreneurship Development Clubs,” said P H Kurian, Principal Secretary (IT) to students and teachers in the audience. ‘We are formulating a strategy for entrepreneurship and innovation in Kerala.” - 

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