Google, Facebook, Others Visit Startup Village
On Nov 21, 2014
|Kochi: Top officials of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) visited Startup Village. The delegation was there to learn about the technology business incubator and explore avenues to support young entrepreneurs.
Google India Managing Director Rajan Anandan, Facebook Country Head Kirthiga Reddy, LinkedIn Country Head Nishant Rao, Microsoft Consumer Channel Group Head G Chakrapani, IAMAI President Subho Ray and Manorama Online Chief Operating Officer Mariam Mathew were part of the delegation. They interacted with the firms to learn more about the startup ecosystem at the Village.
“This is an amazing place and we really need to appreciate the effort that has gone into creating such an incubation facility. The talent, ambition and confidence of these youngsters are impressive,” said Google’s Rajan Anandan.
Google currently provides services worth $25,000 per startup as support and the same will be made available to firms at Startup village. There are plans to offer more in the coming days, he added.
Startup Village Chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar said that it was a major recognition for Startup Village that IT majors were coming forward to interact with young entrepreneurs. In fact 15 startups have been invited by the delegation for an interaction and pitch.