KOCHI: There is nothing powerful than an idea whose time has come. The Startup Village at Kalamasserry has long been known for the house of such strong, life-altering ideas.
Taking the legacy a step ahead, the Startup Village has launched a mobile application to connect all the entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs in the state and beyond. The soft launch of the mobile app, which is built in-house, happened two weeks ago and is successfully running. The official inauguration of the SV app will take place in the beginning of October. The SV app provides a common platform for the entrepreneurs, who are associated and wanted to be associated with the Startup Village. The app can be downloaded easily and is designed in such a way that hassle-free use is guaranteed.
The SV app pushes up the concept of virtual incubation further. (Virtual Incubation allows a company to garner the advice of an incubator without actually being located at the incubator site.
This new model suits those entrepreneurs who need the advice an incubator offers but still wants to maintain their own offices and warehouses). “We want to take the entrepreneurial culture to a new stage with the launch of SV app. As everyone in the entrepreneurial network in the state is connected with this mobile application it is easy to disseminate information.
In spite of that, details about various programmes conducted by the state government and Startup Village can be shared fast and with ease. We expect that the SV app will be another space to share ideas and will help create a more vibrant entrepreneurial society in the state,” said Pranav Kumar Suresh, Chief Executive officer, Startup Village.
He added that the enthusiasm among youngsters in the state has prompted them to create such an app as the number of applications to start new companies are piling up day by day with the Startup Village. “Though there are many incubators in the country, such a mobile app was not developed in any of them as they fail to attract such a huge crowd like in Kerala. This is for the first time that an incubator has developed an app in the country,” he claimed.
As of now 57 regular incubatees are operating with Startup Village. The village supports 679 startups including 249 student firms. There are 3,175 applications pending with the Startup Village.