‘Startup India-Odisha Yatra’ to boost Startup eco-system

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to scout innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday launched the ‘Startup India-Odisha  Yatra’ at the State  Secretariat here.

The yatra van will travel 60 educational   institutions   across the 16 districts – in Khorda, Cuttack,  Bhadrak,  Balasore, Mayurbhanj,  Keonjhar, Sundergarh,   Jharsuguda,   Sambalpur,   Sonepur,   Bolangir,  Kalahandi,  Koraput,   Rayagada  and Ganjam – of the state.

The Chief Minister said that  selected ideas will be put to three day intensive acceleration  programme  and the best 50 innovators  will be provided  incubation  and mentorship support  to  convert  their  ideas into  startups.

On the occasion, the CM informed that in last eight months as many as 175 startups  had been registered  with  the Startup  Odisha initiative. He said the Government was fast  moving  towards  our mission of 1000-Startups  by 2020.

Besides, 10 Boot camps will be organized during this period at Fakir Mohan University, Balasore,   VSSUT,  Burla,   Govt.   Engineering   College,   Keonjhar,   KIlT,    Bhubaneswar,    NIT,- Rourkela, Vikram  Dev College, Jeypore,  Govt.  Engineering College, Kalahandi,  NIST, Berhampur and  BPFTIO,  Cuttack.   Boot  Camps,  ideation   workshops   and  idea  pitching   sessions  will  be organized for the benefit  of innovators  and budding/aspiring   entrepreneurs.

“Winners  of the boot carnos will get cash prizes, legal consultation,  advisory services and mentorship  support,” added Patnaik.

Later,   talking   to the   media   persons,   MSME Minister Prafulla  Samal said that the  main  objective  of the  yatra  is to  create  awareness  about  the  startup  eco-system  in tier  2/3  towns  and encourage  the  aspiring  entrepreneurs  and youth  to  set up their ventures in the state.  He added that  the yatra  will be of one month  duration  and conclude with a grand finale at Bhubaneswar.

Additional   Chief Secretary (MSME) LNGupta  informed   that   during   the   period Startup Clubs will also be formed  at each of the  educational/host   institution  falling  on the yatra route. “These clubs will function under the supervision of a Professor in-charge  and with  at least 3-4 volunteers.  During the yatra  500 innovative  ideas are likely to be pitched,  of which the  best 50 ideas will be picked up for mentoring  support  and conversion to Startups,” said Gupta.

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