The Times of India | Laxmi Prasanna | TNN | Aug 21, 2016 |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Aligning with the Central government Start-up India mission to set up Atal Innovation Centres (AIC), Start-up Village Digital incubator SV.Co is set to mentor engineering college students to set up AIC which will be developed as Start-up Centres of Excellence. “Start-up India has invited applications from colleges to set up incubators as Atal Innovation Centers. Having a robust management support and students start-ups in campus are crucial for getting selected to these national programmes,” said Start-up Village Chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar. SV.CO, pegged as the world’s first digital incubator for students, will develop incubators as AICs which will then be upgraded as Start-up Centres of Excellence (CoE). It will be developed at the 147 colleges across the state where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre of the Kerala Start-up Mission is functioning.
SV.CO and its industry partners will provide direct support and specific training on best practices to both faculty and students of selected colleges, he added. Internet Giant Facebook has recently signed an agreement with Start-up Village for industry-academia collaboration. Vijayakumar will announce the Start-up CoE programme during a presentation at the all-Kerala IEDC meet, being organised by KSUM on Tuesday. The CoE programme is a bid to create a robust and conducive ecosystem for harnessing the innovation potential of students in an academic set up, he said. Earlier, SV.CO, a digital makeover of Start-up Village at Kochi has launched #StartInCollege programme to select 50 student teams from across the country to build products and launch to early customers in six months. “The #StartInCollege programme has received an overwhelming support from students and faculty across the state. Faculty and management of many colleges have requested support from SV.CO to build a start-up culture amongst their students,” Vijayakumar said. All college managements can nominate up to 10 teams from amongst their students across branches for #StartInCollege programme at http://www.sv.co. If at least three teams from a college get selected, that college will become eligible for the Start-up CoE programme by SV.CO. “The selected students will be fully supported to become successful and turn into role models to inspire other students within the college and community,” Vijayakumar said, adding that the “The best faculty will also be taken to Silicon Valley for global exposure.” – Courtesy / https://www.sv.co/ / https://www.sv.co/sixways