20k new jobs to come up in startup sector this fiscal

Kerala Startup Mission Infinity Centre kicks off in Dubai; US, Australia, Europe next.

The ongoing fiscal will open up as many as 20,000 jobs in Kerala’s startup sector, with a first-ever Infinity Centre kick-starting in Dubai. The centre has come into being under the aegis of the Kerala administration. The state will bring in more such facilities, conceived as a one-stop destination, to strengthen the state’s ecosystem for nascent companies, in the US, Australia and Europe during the first phase.

According to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who inaugurated the Infinity Centre in the UAE city, the centre marks the start of a series of such launch-pads in association with Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM). With Startup Middle East selected as the Infinity Centre’s partner in the UAE, a pact to this effect was signed between the Dubai-headquartered platform’s founder Sibi Sudhakaran and KSUM Chief Executive Officer Anoop Ambika.

Noting that a ‘startup culture’ in Kerala is changing the attitude of the state’s youth from job-seekers to job-givers, the Chief Minister said the trend has been strengthening the ecosystem of up-and-coming firms. The government’s IT department is engaged in finding ways to make best use the changed attitude among the new generation.

Explore foreign markets for the state’s startups

The UAE provides ‘considerable’ support to Kerala’s efforts to link with other economies through the Infinity Centres that aim to explore foreign markets for the state’s startups by helping non-resident Indians become entrepreneurs through KSUM. Also, the presence of senior Malayalee executives in companies abroad has been boosting Kerala’s strides in the IT sector.

It is envisaged that the international laurels that Kerala has won in the startup sector can translate into cooperation from NRIs to further strengthen the state’s ecosystem. This will enable them to run companies through a plug-and-play collaboration with KSUM’s Infinity Centres. All the same, these launch-pads can enable the state’s startups to receive investments from abroad and widen their domain.

Simultaneously, Kerala is taking certain measures to improve the state’s IT sector. The government is in the process of setting up IT corridors in stretches such as Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam in the south, Alappuzha-Ernakulam and Ernakulam-Koratty in the centre, and Kozhikode-Kannur up north. Land acquisition is on for these projects. Besides IT, the sectors that can woo startups will be agriculture and culture, he added.

Chief Secretary V.P. Joy, chairing the ceremony, said Kerala was surging towards becoming a knowledge economy amid the government’s measures to make its offices paperless. “Startups have a key role in strengthening the state’s industry and economy,” he noted. “Our aim is to take the number of startups to 15,000 from the present 4,400 in the next three years.”

KSUM CEO Anoop Ambika said the new Infinity Centre will be a success if only the infrastructure is put to use. “We need have to have a meaningful intervention. In that, the role of the Indian Diaspora is very important,” he pointed out, while welcoming the gathering.

The proposal for Infinity Centres sprang up in the context of NRIs totalling 3.2 crore, topping India in the global list of hosting the largest number of migrant citizens. Adding about $78 billion in remittance to the Indian economy, they play a huge role in the development of India.

NRIs can engage, co-create and set up businesses

This launch-pad will act as a global desk in select countries where the NRI community can engage, co-create and set up businesses — either in their resident country or in India. The Infinity Centres will support to register their company in their resident country or in Kerala.

KSUM, in its bid to institutionalize the success of these foreign delegations, plans to start the Infinity centres in locations across the world as a pilot. They will subsequently be expanded to other locations based on the lessons from the initial engagement. They aim to be a one-stop destination for NRIs to get themselves into the entrepreneurship bandwagon through various collaboration opportunities with Kerala-based startups and KSUM.

These centres will be set up in association with a global partner who will be selected through a transparent process. The partner will be responsible for providing us with the necessary infrastructure and a 12-month engagement plan.

Sanjeev Ramachandran

A journalist with 23 years of experience, Sanjeev has worked with reputed media houses such as Business Standard, The Ne More »

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