Dr. Shashi Tharoor inaugurates the ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ – Campaign

IMG_5318Union Minister for State External Affairs, Govt of India Dr.Shashi Tharoor flagged off the ‘I am an Entrepreneur Campaign’ from Technopark on August 21, 2009.  Ms. Sheela Thomas IAS, Principal Secretary, Kerala State presided over the official inaugural session. Prof. Jyothi John, Hon Chief Editor, TechnoFIRST and Mr.Haroon, Business Head- AIRCEL, Mr. Sanjay Vijayakumar, CEO , MobME were present for the function.  Technopark CEO- Mr. Mervin Alexander welcomed the Chief guest and Mr.KCC Nair, CFO and Programme Co-ordinator New Initiatives Technopark gave away the vote of thanks.

The campaign, initiated by Technopark-TBI/TUC, in association with Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR),  executed by TechnoFIRST Magazine and sponsored by AIRCEL  will be visiting all the engineering colleges and selected arts and science colleges across Kerala. The campaign has its sole intention as to identify and promote entrepreneurial talents in the state, especially from student level.

Dr.Shashi Tharoor after lighting the lamp pointed out the fact that Non Resident Malayalis has shown extraordinary success as businessmen. He urged that more and more Keralites to emulate this and stand up and say that ‘I am an Entrepreneur’. He pointed out that failure as an entrepreneur is not something unacceptable, but it’s only a learning phase for budding entrepreneurship. He lauded the efforts of Technopark TBI for creating a fertile eco-system for budding entrepreneurship in the state.

Ms. Sheela Thomas presided over the function and also read the wishes from Chief Minister Sri. V S Achudanandan that the Govt is very happy with the ‘I am an Entrepreneur Campaign’ because of the fact that the Campaign is addressing the Arts and Science Colleges and Rural Innovators along with the Engineering Colleges and Polytechniques and she offered to extend all possible support for the success of the campaign.

“To encourage budding entrepreneurship we provide a fantastic system called Technopark TBI. The Campaign will be give the required motivation for the students to take up the entrepreneurial route” says Mr.Mervin Alexander, CEO-Technopark

www.iamanentrepreneur.in a website solely dedicated to this campaign will
Dr.Tharoor releasing the 'I am an Entrepreneur' video CD
Dr.Tharoor releasing the ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ video CD

bring the latest updates about the campaign and tips and advices from the market leaders and business gurus and an interaction forums to be aware about what others think.

The objective of this campaign is to ignite the young minds in the Engineering colleges and Business Schools, changing the Entrepreneurship climate of the state and get more innovators and find out more students start ups right from college campuses. This campaign is carried in a motivational video which shares the experiences of some of the very successful entrepreneurs and visionaries in our state and which aspires to inspire the students to take up on new projects on their own. It will be an informative and inspiring video on Entrepreneurship and Incubation Awareness. The video contains inspirational talks from various personalities, including Mr.Kris Gopalakrishnan (CEO, Infosys), as a successful entrepreneur from Kerala, and Dr.Shashi Tharoor (Hon. Minister), as a well known visionary.

TechTop 2009 Prizes Given Away

Team AmrithaThe fourth edition of TechTop, showcased the ingenuity and enterprise of engineering students across the country. TechTop is an All India Engineering Students project competition jointly organized by Degree Controls and supported by Technopark TBI and IEEE and Executive Knowledge Lines for the prestigious Degree C award, the one which offers largest prize money in this class.

‘Chakshuyaan,’ a project sponsored by the Amritha Viswa Vidya Peetham, Kollam, bagged the first prize at the two- day event. The second prize went to the University Institute of Technology, West Bengal, for its project on ‘automation and enhancement of tea manufacturing by controlled environment fermentation.’

Students from the R.C. Patel Institute of Technology, Maharashtra, won the third prize for their project on a surveillance robot for detection of bombs.

A. Jayakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kerala, presented the awards at the valedictory function. Technopark CEO Mervin Alexander and Chief Financial Officer Chandrasekharan Nair were also present.

The first prize winning project, ‘Chakshuyaan,’ was aimed at developing a state-of-the-art unmanned, radio controlled aircraft using Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology, GPS navigation facilities and an onboard high resolution camera with reconnaissance features for better safety.

The project team comprised four students from the Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics departments — Shreyas Narsipur, Shibesh Dutta, Raghu Menon and Vandana Vikram. The project seeks to equip the aircraft with microcontrollers that would facilitate its safe return to command site even if it has veered off its range. According to the students, such an accomplishment would find applications in search-and-rescue operations with further research. The team has selected the design of the aircraft and completed a detailed study of the control aspects. The students have developed a rudimentary speed controller for the DC motors on the aircraft. The engine has also completed its test run.

The controlled environment fermentation process for automation and enhancement of tea manufacturing developed by the second prize winners from the University Institute of Technology, West Bengal, seeks to improve the quality of tea. The student team, including Raka Chowdhury, Sankha Subhra Mukherjee, Aveek Dasmalakar, Debangan Roy and Koushik Chakraborty, developed a system using digital image processing technology to optimise environmental parameters and detect the end point of the fermentation process.

The students from the R.C. Patel institute of Technology, Maharashtra, won the third prize for their project on remote-controlled surveillance for detection of bombs. The team comprising Pardeshi Bhimashankar, Pardeshi Nilesh, Marwadi Mangesh, Orha Ashish and Patil Tushar presented the use of Radio Frequency (RF) mode for operation of a surveillance robot. The proposed system provides remote controlled operation up to a range of 150 metres. The surveillance robot can move in all four directions and features a foldable arm with three joints.

The winners were selected from 27 teams.

Telecom Innovation Hub – Technology Business Incubator under PPP Model at Koratty granted

Sanjay & KCC during NAC meeting

Sanjay & KCC Nair presenting TIH-TBI before the NAC Members

A new TBI for incubating Telecom based companies was granted for the joint proposal submitted by Technopark TBI & MobME. The National Advisory Committee (NAC) on Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Parks/ Technology Business Incubators (STEP/TBI) meeting chaired by Prof S K Joshi recommended setting up of a TBI under PPP model between Technopark TBI and MobME at Korraty, Kerala focusing on application of Telecommunication Technologies services and products.  The Committee in its meeting held on Aug 5, 2009 at Coimbatore recommended DST funding of Rs.250 Lakhs for the new project after listening to the presentations made by Mr. Sanjay Vijayakumar, CEO MobME and Mr. KCC Nair, Secretary cum Registrar, T-TBI.

I am an Entrepreneur Campaign –Flag off on Aug 21 , 2.30pm at Park Centre

The official inauguration of the ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ campaign is scheduled at 2pm August 21, 2009 at the Travancore Hall, Park Centre, Technopark, Trivandrum. Technopark TBI/TUC aims to receive innovative technology ideas from students across Engineering Colleges, Technical Schools and from Rural Innovators. During the campaign T-shirts bearing the punch line ‘I am an Entrepreneur’, campaign brochures/fliers, Survey sheets, Brochures will be distributed. Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps will be organized at strategic locations and rural areas as part of the road show.

The objective of this campaign is to ignite the young minds in the Engineering colleges and Business Schools, changing the Entrepreneurship climate of the state and get more innovators and find out more students start ups right from college campuses. This campaign is carried in a motivational video which shares the experiences of some of the very successful entrepreneurs and visionaries in our state and which aspires to inspire the students to take up on new projects on their own. It will be an informative and inspiring video on Entrepreneurship and Incubation Awareness. The video contains inspirational talks from various personalities, including Mr.Kris Gopalakrishnan (CEO, Infosys), as a successful entrepreneur from Kerala, and Dr.Shashi Tharoor (Hon. Minister), as a well known visionary.

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