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April 5th, 2014
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State Government Allocates Rs. 10 Crore to Startup Village

In what will definitely be a big boost to the development of the Startup Village in Kalamassery, the Government of Kerala has allotted Rs. 10 crore for the timely completion of the one lakh-sq ft built-up area in the campus. Earlier, the union government had also released Rs. 10 crore to the village.

The Village is India’s first telecom incubator and operates on a PPP model. Now into its third successful year of inception, it is experiencing space crunch. It has already generated about 2,000 jobs. The number of applications for incubation at the Village is also on a steep rise.

Many options are being pursued for resolving the space crunch at the Village. These include refurbishing the HMT building at Kalamassery. This building alone will provide 1.08 lakh sq ft. The 25,000 sq ft facility vacant at the Gem and Jewellery Park at Kalamassery is another choice.

At present, there are 574 startups, 207 student startups, and numerous virtually incubated companies at the Village.

Source: The New Indian Express

March 1st, 2014
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Toonz Introduces More Children to the World of Animation

The Kids Fest 2014 organised by Toonz Animation in February has introduced around 100 students, all children of Technopark employees, to the world of animation.

The fest was organised in association with Natana, the arts club of Technopark, and was a part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of Toonz.

The workshop session on animation techniques was handled by Prosenjit Ganguly, an alumnus and former faculty member of National Institute of Design, Pune. A second session on illusion and magic was by Raja Moorthy, Director, Academy of Magical Science, Kerala.

Source: The New Indian Express

February 13th, 2014
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Mobile App to Send Kisses, Hugs, and Bouquets on Valentine’s Day

Happy news just before Valentine’s Day!

Trivandrum Technopark-based Volmacht Business Solutions (VBS) has developed “KissMS,” a free mobile application that enables the users to send kisses, hugs, and even bouquets to their loved ones.

Badusha Gulam Khader, CEO, VBS, said that KissMS is “a messaging app that enables the user to place a ‘KISS’ at the centre of emotional messaging.”

A text message and/or a 10-second long voice message can also be attached along with the KissMS message. The voice message is limited to 10 seconds so that it gets carried across faster.

The registration for the app can be made using the e-mail id.

For more details, visit www.kissms.me.

Source: The New Indian Express

February 1st, 2014
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SmartCity Kochi Enters into Three New Partnerships

At its first road show held in Bangalore towards the end of January 2014, SmartCity Kochi entered into partnership with three companies for office spaces, residences, apartments, retail, and a centre for digital sciences.

Agreements were signed with Whitefield Estates, Bangalore-based Maratt Limited, and Kochi-based Elton Technologies.

Source: The Hindu

January 30th, 2014
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Infopark to Set Up Technology Business Centre

Following its takeover of the ITES Habitat from the Kerala State IT Mission at Kaloor, Infopark Kochi is all set to start a new Technology Business Centre (TBC) in the facility.

Infopark has created a plan to upgrade the existing facility, which hosts more than 50 small and medium IT enterprises currently. It is located inside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kaloor and is on a lease from GCDA.

Infopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair said that they were “working towards setting up a full-fledged Technology Business Incubation Centre” in the second phase of the park’s expansion.  At least 10,000 sq ft of IT space will be allocated to the centre.

Incubation facilities at the centre will be set up in association with the NRI-TBI. The centre will provide necessary infrastructure support, technology or prototype development support, research assistance, help in sourcing funding, business consulting assistance, and all necessary support to incubate and accelerate the business.

Source: The Hindu