Last week on Friday, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh inaugurated ’36Inc’ in Raipur, which is the first government-supported startup incubation centre in the state, and claims it to be second biggest centre in the entire country, after Hyderabad’s T-Hub.
Spread across 30,000 square feet and located at City Center Mall in Pondi Tola, 36 Inc is perhaps also India’s first startup incubator in a Mall. The centre has 200 workstations.
In the incubator centre, Start-Up entrepreneurs are provided with ultra-modern techniques and latest gadgets. The incubator consists of 3-D printers, laser cutter, electronic testing and multi-media construction facilities. 125 Start-Up industrialists started their works immediately after the launch of the kendra.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated five new products developed by the Start-Up entrepreneurs — Mediklik, a mobile app for healthcare in Hindi and Chhattisgarhi languages; career guidance solution myaglakadam.com in Chhattisgarhi language, GoVatsa Bioproducts for agricultural work; Divyaang, a tricycle service for the differently-abled, ScholarBuzz for the education sector, and online market guide raipurbazar.com.
Alex Paul Menon, Chief Executive Officer of CHiPS (Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society), said that this is the first ‘Incubation-cum-Accelerator’ Centre established by Chhattisgarh State Government. ’36 Inc’ institution will function as ‘ ‘Incubation-cum-Accelerator’ hub for the entire State. ’36 Inc’ Centre has Speed Prototyping Lab which is the latest in the country.
Additionally, the state government also plans to establish state-of-the-art innovation/research infrastructure at the universities and colleges in emerging fields such as biotechnology and Internet of Things (IoT), Agriculture and Food Processing so that innovators can build new products.
The above news was first reported in The Pioneer.
According to YourStory, a total of 43 startups are part of the first two-year-long cohort of 36 Inc and are working on a variety of sectors including edtech, drone technology, e-commerce and others. The incubator has several specialised labs for the startups, including the Fabled, which is part of the MIT Fablab network.
Many state government are coming up with startup incubators and accelerators to boost entrepreneurship in their states. To recall, few days back Haryana’s first startup incubation centre was launched in Panchkula, which will cater to the students of four government colleges of the district located in Panchkula, Barwala and Kalka.
In this same month, Tamil Nadu state government has also announced to soon launch a fintech startup incubator in Chennai supported by the state government.
Last December, Punjab had also announced that it will soon launch a startup incubator called as ‘Start-up Hub’. The incubator will be located in Mohali city.
Moreover, Delhi had also announced to launch startup incubator in lines of T-Hub, an India’s largest startup accelerator to date.