Will Take 100 Kerala Startups To Silicon Valley, Said Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton

Indian startups seem to be literally going places. According to Catherine Carlton, Mayor, Menlo Park, at least 100 startups from India’s Kerala stand a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Silicon Valley in the United States and learn the nitty-gritty’s of building a successful tech company from the experts themselves.

Carlton is currently leading a three member delegation to India. She even paid a visit to Startup Village in Kerala yesterday and interacted with young entrepreneurs and officials present there.

"We are extremely impressed by the talent of the youngsters here as well as by the kind of support that the government is extending. We will be very pleased to welcome selected start-ups, possibly 100 companies this year, to Silicon Valley and provide them an opportunity to expand and grow their business there," said Carlton in a statement to PTI.

According to Carlton, the entrepreneurs will also be helped in identifying potential markets in the United States for their businesses.

The three member team headed by Carlton is on a six day tour to Kerala before the signing of a twin city agreement between Menlo Park, a city in California and India’s Kerala. Menlo Park houses a number of companies including networking giant, Facebook.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed between Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany and Carlton in Thiruvananthapuram today. The sister-city agreement will be the first such agreement between Menlo Park and an Indian city. The signing of the MoU would initiate new partnerships in cultural, social, economic and educational sectors between the two cities.

The twin city agreement aims to promote sharing of talent and ideas in the technology sector and boost employment opportunities in both the countries.

“Through this collaboration, Kochi will be able to get the global stage and emerge as a key player in the telecom-technology sector. We aim to boost Landing Pad, a project supported by the Kerala Government at the Silicon Valley, through this new tie-up," said Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman, Startup Village in a statement to PTI.
Started in 2012, Startup Village is India’s first Public Private Partnership technology business incubator which is jointly promoted by the Government of India, MobME Wireless, Department of Science and technology and Technopark.

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