Co-founder of RedBus and serial entrepreneur Phanindra Sama has been appointed as Chief Innovation Officer for Telangana. Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao handed over the appointment letter to Sama at Secretariat recently, a release said. Sama is currently serving as a Patron in Kakatiya SandBox - an experimentation lab for people to work on solutions to local problems, it said. The Telangana State Innovation Cell has been set up with a vision to promote innovation at the grass root level i.e in schools and other education Institutions, in rural areas, and in the government. The Cell will also focus on bringing the startup ecosystem closer by promoting a "state as a whole approach" as opposed to concentrating startup activity in one location by enabling co-working spaces and incubators across the state to upgrade themselves, the release added.
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