Over 3000 student-entrepreneurs from across Kerala will be participating in 'IEDC 2017' at Kochi on August19. Organised by Kerala Start up Mission (KSUM), the summit is said to be the largest summit of its kind in India and a platform for budding innovators to learn, share knowledge and network with eminent tech personalities and decision-makers, a press release said. Nearly 200 Innovation Entrepreneurship Development Centres (IEDCs) - small incubators set up at engineering, technical, management and arts and science colleges to help students pursue innovative ideas and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit-will be participating. Four precursor events conducted across the state on August 5 offered a preview of things to come with around 800 students from 13 districts participating in the sessions in B'Hub (business hub) - Mar Ivanios Vidya Nagar, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Adi Shankara College of Engineering and Government Polytechnic Kozhikode. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will be the chief guest at the event, the release said. IT Secretary M Sivasankar, Google India Vice-President and Managing Director Rajan Anandan, KSUM CEO Saji Gopinath, ICFOSS Director Dr Jayasankar Prasad and a host of tech luminaries, including prominent angel investor Nagaraja Prakasam are among those who will address the event, it said. KSUM supports 193 IEDCs across the state.
Each IEDC has hundreds of students with an idea and the drive to change the world, according to the release. "The IEDCs have helped create around 200 startups in Kerala by conducting technical, leadership and business modelling workshops that have enhanced student skills and changed mindsets within the state's campuses to create emerging entrepreneurial ventures. The summit serves to complement and boost these efforts," Gopinath said.
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