Kochi: Startup Village Chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar, who played a key role in setting up India’s first technology business incubator on the PPP model in Kerala, has been appointed as one of the advisors to the Rajasthan government’s Startup Council to create a startup ecosystem in the western state.
The Startup Council, headed by the Rajasthan Chief Minister, comprises a Member Secretary, nine members and eleven eminent experts from the industry.
The 32-year-old Vijayakumar has been appointed in his capacity as an eminent expert of the Startup Council, whose mandate is to play “an advisory role and act as a think tank for strengthening the startup ecosystem” in the state.
The others in the panel include Kunal Bahl, co-founder and CEO of Snapdeal; Sharad Sharma, founder of iSPIRIT, a think tank for the Indian software products industry; T V Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education, Bengaluru; and. Viru Gupta, Founder and CEO, News Hunt.
“The decision of the Rajasthan government to create a startup ecosystem is a growing affirmation of the expanding footprints of startup culture in the country. It is also a validation of the pioneering role of Startup Village which is fast shaping up as a national player with a strong focus on student entrepreneurship and culture of innovation,” said Mr. Vijayakumar, who is Startup Advisor to the Kerala and Andhra Pradesh governments.
“Startup Village is a replicable model, and it needs to be scaled up across several states. For realising such a goal, it is imperative to go digital to reach every deserving student, no matter whether he or she is in a metro, a big city or a small village in the country,” he noted.