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Startup Dreams, a Government of Kerala initiative for SC Entrepreneurs


Government of Kerala has taken many prominent steps for the upliftment of backward classes and bring in an equity in the society. The Scheduled castes and scheduled tribes are given lot many importance for uplifting them, in the sectors like education, health etc.

A study was conducted, supported by Planning Commission, Government of India on ‘Entrepreneurship Challenges for SC person in India’. The report says that the major economic constraints of the SC entrepreneurs are the lack of support for the startup initiatives, while the majority (86.40%) believe that they have been successful in their business. Major challenges faced by SC entrepreneurs are Competition, Lack of access to the market, Lack of access to raw material , Lack of capital or finance, Lack of marketing knowledge, Lack of production/ storage space, Poor infrastructure, Inadequate power supply, Lack of business training and Lack of social acceptability .

Startup Dreams is an initiative to address the above major economic constrain for the SC entrepreneurs, and it provide a congenial ecosystem for the SC entrepreneurs to kick start their entrepreneurship in a safe mode. Startup Dreams is an attempt by SC Development Department, Government of Kerala to create an ecosystem which supports entrepreneurship among the SC/ST persons in an inclusive manner. The department is cognisant of the fact that the startups cannot be developed in a secluded environment and there needs to be a market acceptance for them to become sustainable and independent.


Kerala Startup Mission with the support ofGovernment of Kerala, Scheduled Caste Development Department (SCDD),

is setting up an incubation centre, under name “Startup Dreams” in Thiruvananthapuram, with the objective of encouraging the startup ventures and entrepreneurial insights of SC, ST and OBC persons in multiple sectors,. The facility is set up in the Ambedkar Bhavan, Mannanthala, Thiruvananthapuram and it offers incubation support for these persons with a new range of entrepreneurship development training programmes, leadership programmes and other capacity building programmes.

Incubation Centre

The existing facility at Mannanthala shall have office spaces for Startup area with workstations, computers and servers, break out space, maker space and demo rooms.

Infrastructure

The office spaces shall be set up with 1 Mbps internet connectivity and common amenities such as air conditioners, lighting and electric power.

Other Facilities

Common facilities such as reception, library / reading spaces, discussion rooms, conference rooms shall also be provided.

Project Stages

Initial Mentorship Programme (3 months)

Initial mentorship programme is offered to those who is an aspirant or one who is toying with the idea of entrepreneurship. Any candidate can submit an application which will be evaluated. If the idea/intrest is found to be genuine, the centre will do counselling for the applicant to become an entrepreneur.

Pre-incubation stage (3-6 months)

Pre-incubation stage mainly focuses on ideation, where a person having a potential innovative idea can be provided with a co-working space. During this period, the entrepreneur takes up the role of a ‘techno-evangelist’ who develops the idea to into a Proof of Concept and prepares him for understanding the technical feasibility of the idea proposed.

Incubation Stage (12-18 months)

Applicants who have successfully` complete the second stage of pre-incubation stated above and are found suitable, and shortlisted for moving to the next third stage of ‘Incubation’ will be enrolled for this stage. Incubation stage will be 6-12 months where startup companies graft product development and prepare themselves for marketing.

Acceleration Stage (6-12 months)

Applicants who have successfully complete the second stage of pre-incubation stated above and are found suitable, and shortlisted for moving to the next third stage of ‘Incubation’ will be enrolled for this stage. Incubation stage will be 6-12 months where startup companies graft product development and prepare themselves for marketing.

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