Kochi: Startup Village, which completes two successful years this month, is bolstering its incubation support system with an industry-startup connect leadership programme that will provide mentoring for entrepreneurs.
Some of the world's leading technology companies are expected to come on board the mentoring programme which will be guided by Infosys Executive Vice Chairman and Startup Village's Chief Mentor Kris Gopalakrishnan.
The roadmap for the new project will be announced at the technology business incubator's second anniversary celebrations to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday.
Industries and IT Minister P K Kunhalikutty and Kris Gopalakrishnan will also address young entrepreneurs at Startup Village on the occasion.
"It has been a wonderful two years for the incubator. We started with just two companies and are today supporting around 600," said SijoKuruvilla George,CEO of Startup Village.
"Our goal is to make Kerala one of the top five startup destinations in the world and to that end we are constantly looking to improve the ecosystem here."
"Having identified a gap in business mentoring, we are now trying to get the most successful global technology companies to advise entrepreneurs here on strategy and leadership," he said.
Startup Village was set up on April 15, 2012 as India's first business incubator, focusing on mobile-internet technology and funded jointly by the public and private sector. In two years, it has received more than 2,200 applications; and more than 200 of the 600 companies it supports currently are student start-ups.
"Student entrepreneurship, backed by Kerala government's policies and incentives, has been the biggest driver of social and cultural change in recent times," said Sanjay Vijayakumar, the Chairman of Startup Village.
"The wave of entrepreneurship and the demand for incubation support is so strong, we are planning to expand beyond our core area of mobile and internet technology into allied sectors such as electronics and hardware," he said.