Andhra Pradesh to replicate Kerala's Startup Village model

Andhra Pradesh is contemplating on cloning Kerala's much famous Startup Village. The village is credited with being the country’s first telecom business incubator where hundreds and technology enthusiasts and students head to with their bag of innovative and fresh ideas.

A team of officials headed by J Satyanarayana, the information and technology advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government made a visit to the Silicon Valley styled village in the previous week in order to get firsthand knowledge and understanding about the functioning of the exclusive zone of innovators.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is planning on setting up the startup zone in the city of Vishakhapatnam. He is also thinking of forming an innovation fund in order to create an innovative ecosystem.

The government aims at achieving IT investments worth $2 billion in the time period of three years and electronics investments worth $5 billion. It even has plans of offering gigabit broadband connectivity to every village by 2020. The government further has goals of setting up IT parks in Vijayawada, Kakinada, Chittoor and Anantapur.

Meanwhile, people at Startup Village are proud and happy that the country’s first public-private technology business incubator is gaining popularity and encouraging other states to have such an ecosystem for themselves too.

The team from Andhra had a detailed discussion with the Startup Village’s chief executive officer Pranav Kumar Suresh and Hrishikesh Nair, head at Infopark, which is a state run IT industry destination in the city. In the meeting, the team from Andhra asked for their help and support for setting up a similar facility in Andhra Pradesh.

According to J Satyanarayana, the Andhra government is thoroughly impressed by the Kerala Startup Village and aims at setting up an incubation facility of similar kind. The government is in touch with the team from Startup village for the same.  This step taken by the government is a part of the process of gearing up its IT policy in order to attract more entrepreneurs, investors and startups.

Ajay Sawhney, principal secretary to the chief minister; Sanjay Jaju, the information technology and communications secretary and experts from the consultancy firm Ernst & Young ,were also the part of the Andhra Pradesh delegation that visited Kerala.

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