Around 9 innovative ideas among over 26 pitched ideas at the eighth and last boot camp held at LBS College of Engineering, here on Friday, as part of the ongoing Startup Yatra of Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) to nurture aspiring entrepreneurs in Kerala’s tier 2 and 3 cities, have been selected for the grand finale of the boot camp.
Around 300 participants attended the boot camp. As part of the Yatra, eight boot camps and 14 van stops were completed across 14 districts. The boot camps, held at colleges and universities, conducted ideation workshops and idea-pitching sessions for students.
Aspiring entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a panel and the winners will get an opportunity to participate in a two-day acceleration programme with a leading incubator. The shortlisted candidates will be able to pitch for offers by incubators as well as incentives by the state government.
The Yatra will conclude in a grand finale at the Park Center, Thiruvananthapuram, on November 26-27. The winners will get prizes totalling Rs 10 lakh besides incubation support.
KSUM has organized the ‘Startup Yatra’ in collaboration with Startup India, the Central Government’s flagship initiative to empower startups through innovation and design. The primary objective of the march is to identify promising entrepreneurs from the state’s smaller cities, offer them support in terms of incubation and mentorship from renowned institutions and also help them tide over the lack of resources.