Startup Mission Opens Incubation Centre in Kasargod

Startup Mission

Kasargod: Taking its promotional push to the extreme northern part of the State, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) the other day opened its Incubation Centre in Kasargod and launched Future Spark, the unique platform to help school students learn basics of future technologies. Both projects were inaugurated by E Chandrasekharan, State Revenue Minister, marking the finale of the four-day conclave of KSUM which started in Kozhikode on February 5.

Under the ‘Future Spark’ initiative, a series of workshops and hands on sessions on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics and other technologies will be organised for students from 5thstandard to Plus-two level.
The KSUM will implement both the projects in Kasargod in association with the District Panchayat. The project will be implemented in other districts as well, initially targeting 10,000 students.

In his inaugural address, Chandrasekharan said that the Startup Incubation Centre and the Future Spark will help bring out the talents in the district. “Unlike in the past, the government has chosen to start its new project from this northern-most district and then gradually take it to the South. This will end the feeling that Kasargod is being sidelined in government activities,” he said.

On the occasion, Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM, said that the agency has plans to nurture innovation culture from school-college levels. Future Spark is a first-of-its-kind initiative starting in schools.“We want to introduce new technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to the new generation. We start from Kasargod and then we will spread it all over Kerala,” Dr. Saji Gopinath said.

N A Nellikunnu, MLA of Kasargod, presided over the function. Robin Tomy, Head, TCS Innovation Hub, presented a session for the students showcasing some of the innovative changes in the sphere of technology. Around 200-odd school students attended the workshops.

Starting on February 5 on the IIM Kozhikode campus with the 9th Idea Day programme, the conclave in Malabar region was meant to support young entrepreneurial aspirants. The event brought together investors, venture capital providers, technical experts and policy planners.