Student Entrepreneurship Summit proves a big draw
KSUM’s IEDC Summit calls upon student entrepreneurs to boldly experiment and research to find innovative solutions to unaddressed problems
Thrissur: A spiring entrepreneurs from the student community should have the courage to experiment, research and go ahead in their ventures without worrying about the outcome, exhorted the speakers at the fourth edition of the IEDC (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre) Summit.
The Summit billed as Asia’s largest student entrepreneurship conclave, heralding their active next level participation in the startup ecosystem of Kerala, witnessed the participation of as many as 4300 student entrepreneurs and 100 startup founders.
The field of business is riddled with problems, but it requires innovative skills to resolve them, speakers noted at the Summit held at Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology (SCET) in Thrissur. At the inaugural session, Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) noted that entrepreneurship itself is primarily driven by people’s knowledge and passion for innovation. “The major secret behind the success of entrepreneurships like Facebook and Amazon is that they addressed hidden problems that had been there for years,” he said while speaking on ‘Fuelling Innovation through IEDCs’ at the event.
Dr. Rajasree M S, Vice Chancellor, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Thiruvananthapuram, called for a revamp of the country’s higher education system taking into consideration the “disruptive changes” happening around the world. “Budding entrepreneurs should explore global opportunities and think about how their innovation can pay back to their State and country,” she said.
Fr. George Pareman, Executive Director, SCET welcomed the gathering. Dr. Elizabeth Elias, Director of SCET, was also present at the function. Dr. Nixon Kuruvila, Principal, SCET proposed the vote of thanks.
With ‘Accelerating Ideas for Industry 4.0’ as the theme, the 2019 Summit sought to give IEDCs a chance to play a significant role in exposing the student community to the needs and aspirations of society. With a separate session on ‘success stories’, the conclave featured 25 speakers apart from a string of technical workshops. There was overwhelming response to the exhibition where 20 startups and 30 student startups exhibited innovative products and technologies.
The event under KSUM gave student delegates from across Kerala an opportunity to express their entrepreneurial ideas and get in touch with the experts attending it from different parts of the world.
Union IT Ministry, Google tie-up gives fillip to KSUM
Thrissur: Ongoing efforts by KSUM to encourage production of socially beneficial products have got a fresh fillip and recognition with the Government of India joining hands with Google to mobilise engineering students for innovative solutions, informed an official from Google.
The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Google India have tied up under a six-month programme that features learning and mentorship activities.
The programme, christened as ‘Build for Digital India’, will see Google providing mentorship by its officials as well as other experts, said Siddhant Agarwal, Programme Coordinator, Google Developer Relations, at the KSUM-organised fourth edition of IEDC Summit
Agarwal noted that India has a good number of nascent firms that provide solutions for problems related to society at large. He particularly lauded startups such as GENROBOTICS that make the popular robotic waste scavenger, NIRAMAI which develops AI-powered breast cancer-screening device and AIR-INK that creates ink from gaseous effluents generated by air pollution due to incomplete combustion of fossil fuels.