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Kochi: A group of young people starting their entrepreneurial journey at the Kochi-based startup village shared their ideas with some of the world's best entrepreneurs and mentors, including Freeman Murray and Daniel Epstein, as part of an ambitious transnational programme.

India's first telecom incubator, Startup Village hosted a team from 'Unreasonable at Sea', a unique seafaring group of select entrepreneurs, mentors, educators and students who are travelling the world. Their aim is to fast-track the development of technological solutions to modern-day challenges.

The group's stopover in Kerala comes midway through their journey route that covers 25,000 nautical miles to reach 14 countries in 100 days.

Yesterday, the seafaring group held a video conference with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who told them about his government's various initiatives to boost entrepreneurship.

Around 50 entrepreneurs selected by Startup Village interacted with the visiting team. Freeman Murray, a legendary entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor from the US, also joined the discussions.

Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman of Board of Governors of Startup Village, said the interaction was essentially a platform for entrepreneurs at the incubator to take their ideas global.

Daniel Epstein, founder of Unreasonable at Sea, said a number of US firms had shown interest in investing in the technology sector in India. The team would work to connect these potential investors to young people with innovative ideas and concepts, he added.

Unreasonable at Sea handpicked entrepreneurs from 11 companies around the world for a chance to sail, live, learn from, and be mentored by 20 of the world's most prominent innovators and entrepreneurs.

The sole Indian representation in the team is Deepak Ravindran, the CEO of Bangalore-based Innoz Technologies ltd, a company closely associated with Startup Village.

'Unreasonable At Sea' is an initiative of the US-based Unreasonable Institute in partnership with 'Semester at Sea'.

Launched in January this year, it is an international accelerator for tech entrepreneurs that will enable 'Semester at Sea' students to study entrepreneurship while learning to tackle pressing issues with experienced people.

PTI

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