- The Mission aims to find innovative solutions to civic issues through national engagement
Kolhapur/Kanpuri, January 16, 2021: Hon’ble Minister of State for Home and IT, Govt of Maharashtra Shri Satej Patil, today, launched the Kolhapur Startup Mission in partnership with Kolhapur Incubation Center (KIC) and Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre, IIT Kanpur supported by DY Patil Education Group. The mission is expected to empower 50 start-ups through the Kolhapur Incubation Centre and encourage self-employment among youth.
KSM is the first-of-its-kind initiative to invite startups & innovators for solving the civic issues in Kolhapur city & to ignite the spark of innovation & entrepreneurship among the youth of Kolhapur. The initiative was inaugurated on a virtual platform by an august panel led by renowned scientist Padma Vibhushan Dr R.A Mashelkar, Hon’ble Shri Satej D. Patil, Minister of State (Home & IT), Government of Maharashtra, Smt. Dr Kadambari Balkawade, IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Kolhapur, and Shri Ruturaj Patil, MLA, Kolhapur South Assembly. The event was hosted by Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, PIC, Incubation and Innovation, IIT Kanpur.
Under Kolhapur Startup Mission, selected startups & innovators will be awarded upto INR 5.0 Lakhs for implementing their technology product and services in the district of Kolhapur through Kolhapur Incubation Center and co-incubation support from SIIC IIT Kanpur with Kolhapur Incubation Center.
In the current call for application, the focus areas are some of the most critical civic issues for the city of Kolhapur – Water Management, Waste Management, Air Quality Management, Education, Public Health, E-governance, Agriculture, and Mobility & Transportation. The call for application will be open from 15th Jan 2021 to 24th January 2021 where any Indian startup & innovator can apply.
Speaking on this, Hon’ble Minister Satej Patil said, “Kolhapur has historically been a very enterprising city. Through Kolhapur Startup Mission, we want to invite young startups from across the country to our city. It is a robust initiative to facilitate testing of ideas and bring in innovative solutions to civic problems of Kolhapur through national engagement. I am confident this initiative will make Kolhapur a new startup destination.”
Renowned scientist Padma Vibhushan Dr. RA Mashelkar, also expressed confidence in this initiative. He said, “Kolhapur Startup Mission is a great initiative as it encourages innovative solutions for real life issues. A combination of innovation, passion and compassion will be seen through this initiative.”
Kolhapur Startup Mission is being spearheaded by young Kolhapur MLA Ruturaj Patil with the support of MoS Home & IT Satej Patil. While speaking at the event, he said, “Kolhapur is the land of innovation and as a representative of the youth here, I ensure my complete support to this initiative.”