November 10th, 2014
Team @ Kerala IT

Kerala IT to Focus on More Investment Partnerships at CeBIT India

A high-level delegation representing Kerala’s IT sector will participate in CeBIT India 2014 that will be held in Bengaluru from November 12 to 14.

The visiting delegation, which includes Infopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair, Technopark CEO Girish Babu, Cyberpark CEO Ajithkumar, and Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL) Managing Director  S. Ramnath, will  aim to attract more IT investment to the state.

 “Kerala’s participation in the event is expected to give more impetus to the flourishing IT industry in the state. With Kerala now becoming a favourable destination for investments, we hope to draw more support from major investors to further develop the IT infrastructure in the state;” said Hrishikesh Nair.

At CeBIT, the delegation will make a detailed presentation on the major ongoing and envisaged projects of the three IT parks in Kerala. The team will also highlight the factors like cost effectiveness and the availability of large talent pool that give Kerala an edge over other states as an emerging IT hub in India.

The event will serve as a major platform for IT and telecom startups from the state to connect with venture capitalists, mentors and accelerators, who will help these firms to showcase their products and ideas before a large international audience.

CeBIT,  which has the central theme of ‘New Perspectives in IT Business,’ will put on display a range of innovative products, including the latest technologies developed in India that have a potential to make an impact in the international market.

November 10th, 2014

SCK to Offer Startup Environment to Budding Entrepreneurs

With entrepreneurship the new focus in the state, Smart City Kochi (SCK) has announced its plans to provide an end-to-end startup environment in its campus.

The facility is expected to be commissioned in three months and will offer facilities including incubation, accelerator, mentoring, and angel network.

SCK CEO Gigo Joseph said: “A comprehensive ecosystem should be developed for the Kerala-based Startups to grow. More facilities will also be required to nurture the fledgling startups at Smart City. We are finalising a blueprint for the project. Our initial focus is to develop buildings and other basic infrastructure facilities. Once the first building is ready we will provide incubation for startups in city too. Plans are afoot to open the facility in three months.”

Source: The New Indian Express

November 8th, 2014

PMI Kerala Chapter to Organize Free Training on Microsoft Project 2013

PMI Kerala Chapter will organize a free workshop on MS Project 2013 at Infopark Kochi on November 12, 2014.

To attend the session, please register here.

Source: Technopark Today

November 8th, 2014

TBI-Incubated Company Launches One-Minute Videos on Social Causes

A T-TBI incubated company, TBF Technology, has launched a ‘one-minute movie’ project that makes and promotes one-minute-long movies on social issues such as water conservation, drugs, and alcohol. These movies are promoted by the company’s website, besides other social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp.

Shaji A. John, CEO, TBF Technology, said that the aim of the company was to get the message to the viewer easy and crisp. He said: “These days, it is Whatsapp and Facebook that helps disseminate information. We wanted our movies to be viral and for that, it had to short and crisp. Nobody has the time to spend anything more than one or two minutes for this. The one-minute limit ensures that it is shared and goes viral more easily through all forms of online and mobile platforms.”

The company has brought out three movies so far.  The first movie was titled ‘Precious’ and it highlighted the water woes faced today. The movie was launched by noted director Kamal. The second was ‘Foodball’ that focused on the issue of food. The latest—‘Careful’—was launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Excise Minister K. Babu and addressed the problems of alcoholism.

The company will soon be launching similar movies against drug abuse and cigarette use.

Source: The New Indian Express

November 7th, 2014

SunTec Launches Seed Funding initiative for Student Entrepreneurs

Technopark-based SunTec Business Solutions has launched ‘Xelerator,’ a seed funding initiative to encourage entrepreneurship amongst college students in India. Through this program SunTec will provide young entrepreneurs advice, support and funding to help them convert their idea into a viable business. SunTec has announced an investment of USD One Million towards this initiative.

Nanda Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, SunTec Business Solutions, said: “SunTec has always believed in creativity and innovation right from its inception and is committed to build products that will have a social impact which makes life better. Xelerator initiative has been set up with the objective to create a culture of innovation and motivate young minds into entrepreneurship. We are on the lookout for extraordinary ideas that can be developed to interesting business opportunities and for this we will provide them with infrastructure, financial and mentoring support.”

SunTec aims at visiting 30 major engineering campuses across South India within six months, and the students can propose their ideas to the expert panel. The shortlisted candidates will then be offered to attend a workshop of entrepreneurs which will be conducted in Trivandrum, Kerala. At the workshop the selected teams will be given an opportunity to present their business ideas in detail to the expert panel (comprising of SunTec senior leadership and experts from the industry). The winning teams will be funded by SunTec to further develop the idea into a functional product in the market. SunTec would also be making some job offers to the participants.

“Budding entrepreneurs are one step closer to turning their big ideas into successful ventures .We are looking for young innovative entrepreneurs who have next generation ideas in software, apps, green technology, electronic hardware embedded systems, bio information, bio medical devices or bio technology. We want to enable such young leaders and introduce their unique idea as a finished product in the market;” said G. Vijayaraghavan, Member-Board of Directors, SunTec Business Solutions.

Source: Technopark Today