October 19th, 2014
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TIZ Inauguration Schedule Announced

Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the first phase of the Technology Innovation Zone (TIZ), an ambitious project under Technopark -Technology Business Incubator (TBI), at Kinfra Hi-Tech Park, Kalamassery on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Kerala Minister for Public works Shri V. K. Ebrahim Kunju will preside over the function.

 Please click the link below to view the schedule for the programme.

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE- TIZ

October 18th, 2014
Team @ Kerala IT

Chief Minister to Inaugurate Phase I of Technology Innovation Zone

Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy will inaugurate Phase 1 of the Technology Innovation Zone (TIZ) at the Kinfra Hi-Tech Park in Kalamassery near Kochi on Monday, October 20, 2014.  Minister for Public works Shri V. K. Ebrahim Kunju will preside over the function.

The TIZ is an ambitious project under the Technopark -Technology Business Incubator (TBI). Through this 150-crore-rupee project, the government will offer incubation facilities for start-ups in various sectors including telecom and IT, agriculture, tourism, electronics and biotechnology.  The facility will also support aspiring entrepreneurs in networking with potential angel investors.

The new 10,000 sq ft space will house around 40 startup firms. The operations at the zone will be under Startup Village, while the implementing authority of the project is the Technopark-TBI based in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The project is spread across 13.2 acres of land at the Kinfra Park. The work on the remaining buildings is progressing and will be completed by the end of 2016.

Once fully operational, TIZ will have a total built-up area of  over 3,00,000 sq ft. It will also boast of   the amenities of a futuristic business incubator, including fabrication labs (fab-labs) and a data centre, not to mention a convention centre, food courts, and an exhibition lounge.

Infopark and T-TBI CEO Shri Hirishikesh Nair said that the TIZ will “operate with an eye on the future and with the objective of sustaining the current entrepreneurship boom in the state.”

Principal Secretary, IT & Industries Shri P. H. Kurian; Kalamaserry Municipality Chairman  Shri Jamal Manakkadan; Ernakulam District Collector Shri M. G. Rajamanickam; Kalamaserry Municipality Councilor Smt Naseema Majid; Kinfra Managing Director  Dr G. C. Gopala Pillai; Startup Village Chairman Shri Sanjay Vijayakumar, and Startup Village CEO Shri Pranav Kumar Suresh will also be present at the inaugural ceremony.

October 15th, 2014
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New Beginning to Infopark’s Technology Business Incubator

Infopark’s incubation facility for IT entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) received a major boost with the addition of a new 4,000 sq ft IT block with world-class facilities to its existing work space at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kaloor.

The facility was previously known as ITES Habitat and was owned by the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM). Last year, Infopark Kochi took over this facility from KSITM as directed by the Government of Kerala, following which it carried out renovation of the existing work space. The result was an added 4,000 sq ft built-up area with futuristic facilities for start-ups.

MLA Hibi Eden inaugurated the new facility on Tuesday, October 14. Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) Chairman N. Venugopal presided over the function. Principal Secretary (Industries and IT) P. H. Kurian, IAS; Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL) Managing Director S. Ramnath; and Infopark Chief Executive Officer Hrishikesh Nair also graced the function.

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“The TBC offers advanced infrastructure facilities at affordable rate to start-up companies in the IT/ITES sector. It shall also provide mentoring and marketing support for the companies to boost their business in the initial stages;” said Mr. Kurian. He also noted that the government is planning to procure technology-based products developed by these small companies and startups in order to enhance the government’s e-governance project.

 “The center will act as an accelerator for the fledgling IT companies. We have allocated space to small-medium sized companies (even on seat basis) to make it more affordable for young people looking to build their business,” Mr. Hrishikesh Nair said.

The TBC offers plug-and-play facility for start-ups in the IT/ITES sector. Besides, Infopark will provide business consultancy, technology, and prototype development support, in addition to research assistance.

The park authorities will also help the companies secure adequate funding. Currently, the TBC houses 48 companies. In the newly created space, 40 seat spaces are allocated to NRI-TBI, a not-for-profit society aimed at helping NRIs to establish product-based IT companies at nominal cost and without any hassles.

October 14th, 2014
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Infopark Kochi Expands its Technology Business Centre

Infopark Kochi is expanding its Technology Business Center (TBC), an incubation facility for IT entrepreneurs situated at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kaloor.

Benny Behanan, MLA, will inaugurate the new wing of the TBC at 03:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14. Hibi Eden, MLA, and N. Venugopal, Chairman, GCDA, will preside over the function.

P. H. Kurian, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries and IT, will brief the media on the TBC and its future development plans on the occasion.

October 13th, 2014
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Congizant Acquires Cadient Group

IT major Cognizant Technology Solutions has announced its acquisition of US-based Cadient Group, a full-service digital marketing agency that serves life sciences companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer health, and medical device industries.

The deal is expected to help Cognizant strengthen and expand its digital marketing capabilities.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Source: Infopark on Facebook