Five student entrepreneurs, incubating their companies at Startup Village here, will leave for Silicon Valley on a Kerala government sponsored trip for a two-week stay to get a first hand experience of the place, also known as the cradle of global technology revolution.
Arvind Sanjeev, Jibin Jose, Vijith Padmanabhan, Akash Mathew and Nithin George Charuvila, all aged 22 years, are the first winners of the annual SVSquare--an initiative to send 5 members student team from Startup Village to Silicon Valley, officially rolled out by Startup Village on January 30 this year. The five were selected from nearly 1,270 applicants. They will leave for Silicon valley in the first half of November.
The objective of the initiative is to provide the five students exposure of the renowned entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley and eventually enable them replicate the successes back home, Startup Village CEO Sijo Kuruvilla told reporters today.
Besides the Kerala government, SVSquare is supported by Asha Jadeja, a Silicon Valley 'super angel'. Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, Technopark, Vodafone, Intel and Amazon Web Services are partners of the project.
In the second week, the entrepreneurs will get one-to-one time with at least five select mentors in their field of activity, including venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, who had also started young, and would help them to take their companies global.
The Startup Village is India's first Public Private Partnership (PPP) telecom business incubator.