Saturday, February 7, 2015

Starting on a startup?

STPI to host workshop series for aspiring entrepreneurs

TotalStart Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Developers along with Software Technology Parks of India [STPI] has announced plans to organize a series of workshops themed, ‘How to Start Up a Start Up’, starting with the first workshop scheduled for 05 March 2015 here in the capital. TotalStart Sikkim Innovation & Incubation Center will also be inaugurated at STPI Tadong on the day.
This was informed during a press briefing held on 28 January which was also attended by Sikkim Lok Sabha MP, PD Rai. During interactions with the MP, STPI shared its experience of the last two years and the overall vision and implementation plan for the next 2-5 years for nurturing a strong entrepreneurship development ecosystem in Sikkim.
“It has become very important to provide the youth of Sikkim an ecosystem to develop into entrepreneurs and leaders of the state and country,” said Dr. Ghosh of STPI and assured to reach out to young pupils of the state in the next two years. 
Mr. Rai assured the STPI officials of all possible help from his side and from the state government to encourage students and the young generation in the IT sector. He added that Sikkim could become the IT hub of the country if an “ecosystem of entrepreneurship” is developed in the state.
TotalStart proposes to create a “State Innovation and Incubation Unit (SIIU)” in Sikkim initially located only at STPI Gangtok with a seed investment from the State Government where they take on board 20 Sikkimese entrepreneurs every year, work with them hands-on for 2 years actively through TotalStart’s “Total Mentor Business Mentoring Program” costing Rs 5,00,000 for the 2-year program for each ‘startupreneur’ as a program fee and make them stand on their feet with 20 sustainable, revenue generating and most importantly profitable small enterprises employing local youth which are positively scalable in nature (where the market focus is not necessarily Sikkim for growth of the enterprise but national and global).
TotalStart will be using its national and global resource network to run this program on a continuous basis year long with adequate support from local state government organizations, lead nodal banks in the state and any other entrepreneurship development supportive local entities, it is informed.
Meanwhile, for the first Seminar/Workshop Series on “How to Start Up a Start Up’, there are 30 seats available and the fee for the workshop is Rs 2500.
TotalStart Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Developers a national/global organization and a Section 25 not-for-profit company registered with Registrar of Companies of India with the focus to develop entrepreneurship ecosystem in remote regions in India, it is informed.

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