17 January 2017 10:23:29 IST

A platform to incubate start-ups in Kerala

IIM Kozhikode organised its first ‘Start-up Saturday’

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K), in association with Headstart Network Foundation, organised the first ‘Start-up Saturday’ at its campus. The theme of the inaugural edition was ‘Validating your start-up idea’.

The event was supported by IIM-K Laboratory for Innovation, Venturing and Entrepreneurship (IIM-K LIVE). IIM-K LIVE is a business incubator and entrepreneurship development centre.

Start-up Saturday was introduced to build a platform that brings aspiring and successful entrepreneurs together. Speaking at the event, Keyoor Purani, Professor at IIM Kozhikode and Executive Director of IIM-K LIVE said, “Northern Kerala is fast-changing in terms of its outlook to economic activities and this is the most appropriate moment to create a start-up ecosystem in the city. IIM-K LIVE is committed to promote entrepreneurship among the community on campus and the greater community, and would be open to associate with those committed to a similar mission.”

Meher Moosa, Centre Coordinator, Kerala Start-up Mission Kozhikode and Headstart Calicut Chapter, said, “With this event, Headstart’s Calicut chapter commences its activities towards building a start-up ecosystem in the city. Proof of its success is that it has received overwhelming response from the city with more than 300 registrations in less than a week’s time of its announcement.”

Sandith Thandasherry, CEO, NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats, and Ujjwal Trivedi, Senior Product Manager, CouponDunia.com, shared their experiences with the audience, while participants deliberated and discussed on how to validate a start-up idea.