Pala St Joseph’s Engineering College has emerged winner at the ‘Startup 20-20’ workshop organized jointly by Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM) and the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) to provide training to prospective entrepreneurs.
John Cox Memorial CSI Institute of Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, and Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mattoor, Kalady received the second and third prizes respectively for their start-up ideas at the three-day residential workshop, which concluded here today.
The workshop, which began on September 4, had brought in experienced brains to mentor 75 aspiring entrepreneurs from 40 Start-up Boot Camps across the state. At the workshop, students were asked to work in five-member groups and develop their start-up ideas.
The top three ideas presented by the colleges will now receive mentoring and support from NASSCOM and KSUM to develop as independent companies.
Principal Secretary for IT and Industries Shri P H Kurian, who presented awards to the winners at the valedictory function of the three-day workshop, said the state government was giving prime importance to startups in the state and the allocation of funds for startups in the state budget itself was an example for this.
Speaking on the occasion, KSUM CEO Dr Jayasankar Prasad said the aim of the workshop was to give guidance and mentoring to aspiring student entrepreneurs selected through the startup boot camps set up in colleges across the state. The worskhop provided training to the participants on how to build a successful startup by overcoming the obstacles. It taught them how to develop an idea into a business venture in just three days, Dr Prasad added.