Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) is the implementing agency of Government of Kerala for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in Kerala. KSUM was formerly the Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI), a society under the Travancore Cochin literary, Scientific and charitable Societies Registration Act XII of 1955 and started the incubation programme in the name of Technopark Business Incubation Centre (TBIC) in 2002. TBIC had been incubating IT &ITeS companies starting from 2 seaters. In 2005, Technopark set up Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI), with the support of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt.of India for incubating technology startups in various thrust areas like Electronics, ICT and Mobile Technologies. Kerala Start Up Mission is also operating as the TOCIC (TePP Outreach cum Cluster Innovation Centre) for the PRISM Programme of DSIR, Govt. of India and MSME TBI for supporting non-IT startups by leveraging government grants. In 2012, Kerala Start Up Mission was taken up by Govt. of Kerala and entrusted as the agency for implementing the entrepreneurship development programmes in the state. KSUM is building the Kerala Technology Innovation Zone at KINFRA HiTech Park, Kochi, which is a single roof infrastructure for multiple sector incubator. Since then, KSUM has been promoting entrepreneurship development programmes right from schools (Raspberry Pi Programmes), colleges (Boot Camps), Startups (Pre-incubation/ Incubation/ Accelerator Progarmme, Startup Box Campaign, Leadership Academy, International Exchange Programme etc). KSUM is also the implementing body for the Kerala Technology Startup Policy that supports startup ecosystem by means of 9 components such as Infrastructure, Incubators and Accelerators, Human Capital Development, Funding, State Support, Governance, Public Private Partnership, Scaling Existing and Establishing New Incubators and Startup-Bootup-Scale up model for moving fast from ideas to IPO. KSUM activities are spread across the state of Kerala
To strengthen the Startup Eco System to support Industrial growth of Kerala
T-TBI has won Golden Peacock national training award 2014
T-TBI has won National forum for People’s rights Appreciation award 2013
KSUM works to achieve the following objectives.
To undertake in a time bound and mission oriented basis; the planning, establishment and management of Technology Business Incubators in Kerala so as to promote technology based entrepreneurship activities and create the infrastructure and environment required for promoting high technology based business activities.
To encourage local entrepreneurship and attract Non Resident Indians & foreign national entrepreneurs and Companies to set up high technology based business activities in the region.
To undertake major initiatives to assist in innovation promotion in the region.
To accelerate the up-gradation of research and development facilities in Universities and other Institutions in the region to make them capable of carrying out leading edge research in high technology areas.
To encourage and support established technology business units to carry out innovation research for developing new products and services.
To build appropriate models for Entrepreneurship Development through research matching the socio-cultural environment of Kerala.
To organize and co-ordinate faculty development programs for the technical and management faculty in the colleges in the State, organize Technopreneurship development programs, Entrepreneurship development programmers etc.
To plan and implement industry institute linkages and create a Networking of all the Arts & Science Colleges, Polytechnics, Engineering colleges and management schools in the state for better knowledge sharing and up-gradation of the quality of the technical education in the state of Kerala.
To promote knowledge driven and technology based start up ventures by students, faculty personnel, other local entrepreneurs and employee turned entrepreneurs.
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