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.