Startup Bootcamp Initiative
The Government of Kerala has taken pioneering effort to bring about a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation amoungst its youth. For the first time in the nation, the State announced the landmark “Student Entrepreneurship Policy” and kept aside 1% of the budget to promote young entrepreneurs. To promote Entrepreneurship and to create an enabling policy framework for the same, the state now plans to bring all such programs under one umbrella and is planning to introduce a “startup and innovation policy”.
In the view of above Technopark TBI has been elevated as the nodal agency for implementing the entrepreneurship and innovation related projects of the state government, one such program is the Startup Boot Camp. Startup Village will be the implementing the Startup Boot Camp across state.
The Government of Kerala has created the “Startup Bootcamp” Program wherein it is envisaged to create a startup ecosystem in each and every college campus through active involvement of students. Bootcamp is a student-focused program that will be completely run by students.
Why Bootcamp ?
Startup Bootcamp is a plan to nurture creativity, promote entrepreneurship and spread the word on how star1ng young is the first step to the startup of you! The Bootcamp will function as a mini incubator in the college catering to the nascent requirements of budding student entrepreneurs in the college. Though similar structures may have been present, Startup Bootcamps shall be managed entirely by the students, for the students of the respective college. The learning curve of all the change agents involved shall be steep having managed a mini incubator in their colleges, a startup in itself.
Promoting entrepreneurship shall be just one of the many focus areas of the Bootcamps. The Bootcamps will act as the platform for creativity with a range of programs to strike chord with creative interests of any nature ranging from robotics and space science to theatre and arts. The idea is to help the youth in becoming better at what they are already good at and finally make a product/profession/ startup out of it.
Each Bootcamp may take up a social cause in or around their campuses and come up with innovative solutions making them direct part of the nation building process. Being a part of Startup Village Bootcamp means being a member of a community of more than 50,000 college students, more than 500 startup ideas, hundreds of technical workshops and seminars and high impact social projects.
Be the Change !
Startup Bootcamp is not all about entrepreneurship, innovation, self realization and improvement. It is also about giving back to the society in whatever way you can. So if you have the appetite to get your hands dirty in some of the social issues in the community surrounding your college, please feel free to do so. As long as the issue is not communally or politically sensitive and the means are not illegal you can take charge.
Be it cleaning the street to lighting up an entire village using solar lamps you are the master of your own destiny and the decider of your own fate.
Social problems are everywhere around you. You just need to look at the right place. Startup Bootcamp is the opportunity to get your friends together and be reason for someone else’s happiness. As the saying goes “Opportunity dances with those already on the dance ﬂoor”.