KSUM 2.0 (Startup Mission)

For years now, there has been migration of people from the State to different parts of the world. Believing that this has resulted in a significant ‘brain drain' which, in turn, has affected the knowledge economy of Kerala, the government of Kerala has created the Kerala Start-up Policy. It aims to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the State.
 
The Government of Kerala has identified Kerala Start-up Mission as the nodal agency (the Start-up Hub) for these activates. Kerala Start-up Mission which started as Technopark Business Incubation Center in Technopark in 2002 received the grant from Dept. of Science and Technology in the year 2006 and was recognized as Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI). Since 2006 T-TBI has been actively promoting the start-up and innovation activities in Kerala through various initiatives. 
 
In the year 2012 Technopark TBI was recognized as the nodal incubator in the state and in the year 2015 Technopark Technology Business Incubator was rebranded as Kerala Startup Mission. Throughout these years the efforts of Kerala Star-tup Mission and other technology incubators in the State has resulted in the growth of more than 500 start-ups. Presently, Kerala houses more than 300 start-ups. 
 
Government of Kerala has observed the new spur of youth for startups and has identified youth entrepreneurship development as key focus area for the State and has framed the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP) as outlined in the Start-up Policy. The programme caters in developing technology led innovation and entrepreneurship among schools, college students and aspiring entrepreneurs. The programme includes training programme for Start-up CEOs and also covers international exchange programmes. All the schemes are made available to all the DST approved incubators in the state through the incubation network created by Kerala Start-up Mission.
 
In order to strengthen the roots of the YEDP, KSUM has made strong partnership and linkages with Center for Bits and Atoms, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (setting up Fablabs& mini fablabs), Kerala Technological University  (For Bootcamp activities & mini Fablabs), Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT) (TBI support) and IT@School (For Raspberry Pi Programme and Electronics@School). Kerala Start-up Mission has successfully implemented the Innovation Entrepreneurship Development Center and has established Bootcamps in 180 colleges in the State,including engineering colleges which are affiliated to Kerala Technological University,  polytechnic colleges,arts, science and B-schools .
 
The Start-up ecosystem is also linked to schools through the Raspberry Pi Distribution Programme and Electronics @ School implemented by Kerala Start-up Mission with the support of IT@School. Under this scheme KSUM was able to reach out to more than 30000 students belonging to more than 2500 schools. 
 
Government of Kerala has setup a dedicated space for bringing up multiple sector incubators under one umbrella named as Kerala Technology Innovation Zone (in 13.2 acre land) at Kalamassery, Kochi, which is entrusted with Kerala Start-up Mission. Presently KTIZ comprises BioNest (Biotech incubator), Start-up village, electronics incubator and extended incubation facility of Kerala Start-up Mission. 
 
In order to overview this strong network of aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups , mentors and boot camps Kerala Start-up Mission has created an online platform as the single gateway to the Kerala Ecosystem.
 
 
Trivandrum – 15000 sq. ft , KEY Accelerator – 2000 sq. ft
 
Ernakulum- Kerala Technology Innovation Zone ,13.2 acre campus exclusively for start-ups
 
Calicut – 5000sq. ft, Key Accelerator 2500 sq. ft
 
 
SCHOOL-LEVEL INITIATIVE
a. Raspberry Pi Programme "Learn to Code Programme (Target Audience – 8th std students)
Scheme - "Learn to Code" Raspberry Pi Programme 
Target Audience -8th STD Students
Quantity – 10000 Raspberry Pi Kits distributed
Coding language – Python 
Schools participated – 2500
Students trained directly – 30,000
Students trained indirectly – 100,000 
Faculties trained – 175
Projects developed – 100 
 
Raspberry Pi is an electronic device which more of like function as a mini computer wherein students can code and create projects which will enthuse them. The coding will be done in Python Language. Start-up Mission have distributed around 10000 Raspberry Pi to 2500 government schools and trained 175 faculties and 30000 students directly. Apart from this around 100000 students are given training indirectly.
 
This initiative has created a momentum among the school children to test and learn and adopt new technology which has been familiarised by the learn to code programme. Kerala Start up Mission after the initial phase of distribution have conducted a project competition of which 100 projects where submitted by the students across the state of which prize distribution worth Rs 3 Lakh where distributed to the students. This created in depth Interest to the students to have a culture of DIY (Do it yourself)
 
Following the success Kerala Start up Mission have initiated the next phase distribution of Raspi which covers another 10000 kits which will cover approximately another 40000 students. As it is a cyclic process these kits have trained around students up to 1 lakh an year.
 
b. Electronic Kits distribution (Target Audience – 9th and 10th std Students)
Scheme – Electronics at School
Target Audience –School students from 9th and 10th classes 
Schools participated – 2500
Students trained – 25000
Faculties trained – 175
Electronic Kit Components – Sensors, plug and play boards etc.
 
Kerala Start-Up Mission has distributed 4000 Electronic Kits to students from 8-10 wherein the students can plug and play with these kits, which inspires the students to have more learning in the technology part. These electronic kits are small devices like sensors, plug and play devices etc. These kits are given to the students and they find them very interesting in tinkering as well as coming up with interesting projects.
 
c. Intel Tech Challenge ( Target Audience –12th std) 
Students who have come through Learn to code programme and Electronics at school programme)
Students participated- 80
 
COLLEGE LEVEL INITIATIVES
Innovation Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) (Target Audience – Engineering, Polytechnic,arts and science colleges)
Scheme – Innovation Entrepreneurship Development Centre 
Target Audience – College students from the age of 18.
Programmes Conducted- Start-upi3, FABXL, Ideathons, Hackathons, Makerthons, Entrepreneurship development awareness programmes etc.
 
Colleges having IEDC in the State- 180
Students Participated in the events - 50000
Start-ups Incubated - 200
Nodal officers for running IEDC in the colleges– 180
Fund distributed for the IEDC activities –4 crore.
Projects developed – 100 
 
These IEDC are small incubators located within the colleges whereby the students having an innovative idea along with their studies can pursue entrepreneurship. Start up Mission have given funds for each IEDC an amount of Rs 2 lakh. Wherein the students can do entrepreneurial activities which include ideathons, hackathons, business modelling sessions, meet the mentor sessions and so on.  To encourage youngsters KSUM also conducts ideathon wherein the best there ideas will be given cash prizes of which the students can have their initial financial support for their start-up journey.Adopted Student Entrepreneurship Policy
 
Selected Nodal Officer & Students for running the IEDC at respective colleges Developed as an incubator within the college, which help the students to realise their ideas into enterprises along with their carrier Developed 200 start-ups form IEDC and pooled out thousands of ideas.
 
START-UPS LEVELS SUPPORT
a. MIT Fab Labs (Developing Maker Culture)
A Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention which aims at providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship and serves as a platform for learning and innovation. It is a small scale workshop offering digital fabrication which empowers the users to create smart devices for themselves which can be tailored to local or personal needs. The FabLab also becomes a medium for connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers and innovators – essentially becoming a self-sustaining global knowledge sharing network.  
 
The FABLAB programme involves setting up state-of-the-art Fabrication laboratories in the state to encourage start-ups in printed electronics and other such fields. KSUM has associated with Centre for Bits and Atoms, MIT Fab Lab Foundation, USA for this. The FabLabs being established in Trivandrum and Ernakulam are identical and mainly comprises of the following inventories.
 
1. Laser Cutter
2. Large Scale CNC Mill: Shopbot
3. 3D printers: Dimension SST 3D printer and Ultimaker 2
4. High Resolution Mini NC Mill: Modela
5. Vinyl Plotter
6. Sand Blaster
7. Electronic Components and Tools
8. Molding and Casting
9. Electronics Test Equipments
10. Computers
 
Kerala Start-up Mission has associated with MIT for implementing the same. Now KSUM has trained 16 fab gurus who will be implementing the Mini FabLabs which are proposed in 20 engineering colleges across the state. A high technology shift to digital fabrication is being molded by the implementation of mini FabLabs. India's biggest Fablabs by MIT is located in Trivandrum and Cochin. These mini FabLabs will become a sub lab for students to play around to bring in their ideas into prototype along with their studies.
 
b.International Entrepreneurial Exchange & Training Programme 
The International Entrepreneurship Exchange Programme is a combination of programmes aimed at giving the students and young entrepreneurs of the state maximum exposure to the international start up ecosystems and also to foster cooperation between start up ecosystems across the world. 30 start-ups have been given the opportunity to travel abroad. Spain, USA, China, UAE.
 
c. Patent Support Scheme
There were 8 start -ups who get support from the schemes, A reimbursement of 2 lakh for Indian patent and 10 lakh for international patent is giving to the start -ups. The students as well as start -ups benefit from the programme this enable the ecosystem to get more patented products and gives a boost in the IP creation.
 
d. Start-up Box Campaign
The start-ups usually need high end systems for testing their software products Kerala Start up Mission have distributed the Start up Boxes comprising of Apple Mac book, Android devises, Testing Equipment's etc. 
 
e. Technology Innovation Fellowship Programmes
Technology Innovation Fellowship Programmes is a volunteer technology evangelizing programme, where a technology evangelist organises maker workshops, Ideathons, hackathons or other technology evangelizing workshops for start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. The fellows will be acting as a nucleus for a selected geographical location, where he can associate with neighbouring Start-up Boot Camps, R & D Centres, TBI's and tie up with technology partners like Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Intel, MIT FABLABs to run technical workshops as well as entrepreneurship development programmes. There are 25 fellows working for Kerala Start-Up Mission.
 
These fellows are either engineering college pass outs or professionals who take a break and work with the start up ecosystem. There are around 25 fellows on boarded with Kerala Start-Up Mission. Along with the Fellowship they are free to pursue their dreams and take an additional support of Kerala Start-Up Mission. Giving back to the community is also an interesting part of the fellowship programme.
 
f. Management Development Programme at IIM Calicut
The objective of the MDP is to equip the participants about notches behind the transformation of a start-up enterprise into a genuine scalable business model.  Further, this programme also strive towards addressing some of competency gaps that start-up entrepreneurs face during this transformation. The program fees was paid by KSUM and it covered program reading material, food and accommodation, and certificate of participation.60 start-ups have participated in the same.
 
Connecting all the incubators in the state. There are 15 Incubators in the state.
Start-ups Incubated/graduated at Kerala Start-Up Mission–200
Start-ups Incubated currently – 85
Community Partners – 14
 
 
The private funding as well as government funding for the start-ups in the year 2015-2016 is Rs 263 crore. More institutional funding's are expected in the coming years. Government Agencies like KSIDC,KFC plays a vital role in funding the start-ups in the state through their various schemes.
 
 

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