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India sets up seaside 'village' to nurture software start-ups

Published on Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM
 
Employees stand outside the Start-up Village in Kinfra High Tech Park in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Oct 13, 2012. Even three decades after Infosys, India's second-largest software service provider, was founded by middle-class engineers, the country has failed to create an enabling environment for first-generation entrepreneurs. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KOCHI, India (REUTERS) - Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Indian information technology giant Infosys , stares out from a wall-to-wall poster in a modern office building near Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala.

A caption reads: "We started Infosys in a room about this size; it's your turn now." His message is directed at aspiring entrepreneurs at Startup Village, a state-of-the-art glass and steel edifice tucked in a green corner of the port city, who dream of creating the next billion-dollar tech giant.

But even three decades after Infosys, India's second-largest software service provider, was founded by middle-class engineers, the country has failed to create an enabling environment for first-generation entrepreneurs.

Startup Village wants to break the logjam by helping engineers develop 1,000 Internet and mobile companies in the next 10 years. It provides its members with office space, guidance and a chance to hobnob with the stars of the tech industry, including Gopalakrishnan, the project's chief mentor.

 
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