By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala has the best startup ecosystem in the country, said Industry Minister P Rajeeve. He was speaking at the launch of the first VendnGo outlet, a virtual food court promoted by Versicles Technologies, on Saturday.

“Startups born in the country will find the state as the most conducive place to enter and flourish. Kerala facilitates hassle-free entry for startups, which is underlined by the large presence of large IT companies world,” he said.

Rajeeve said an interaction with the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) during the recent Defense Expo revealed that Kerala is the only place companies can come with their products immediately, while a formal submission from brochures and posters is initially required in other states.
VendnGo is a pioneering micro-commerce platform that allows customers to order their food from multiple restaurants in a single order and have it delivered to a kiosk pick-up point or to their doorstep.

The startup begins operations with the launch of its first outlet at the Mall of Travancore. Noting that a whirlwind of change is happening in Kerala’s IT sector, Rajeeve said Cognizance Technologies has opened its 1.5 lakh sq/ft factory in Kochi, Tata Elxsi has 50% workforce in Kerala and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is setting up a 36-acre campus near Infopark in Kakkanad.

“The government is pushing the idea of ​​’Work Kerala’ because the state has a conducive environment for the IT industry and other sectors. We have limitations in terms of land, so we need to focus on startups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which have immense possibilities,” he said.

Rajeeve said this exercise is considered “the year of entrepreneurship” with the goal of creating 1,00,000 MSMEs across the state. “In the first seven months themselves, we passed 80,000 MSMEs when normally the annual average is 10,000,” he said. The minister added that MSME clinics have been set up in each district to provide consultation to young people, who come up with new ideas.

In his address, CEO of Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), Anoop Ambika, said that VendnGo kiosks have possibilities far beyond ordering multiple things and can become a centralized shopping mall. VendnGo co-founder Kiran Karunakaran said the company was born out of the motivation that something should be returned to the state. “We wanted to have a mechanism to deliver a societal good. In each VendnGo location, we can create at least five direct jobs and 10 indirect jobs. We also plan to set up outlets out of state,” he said.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala has the best startup ecosystem in the country, said Industry Minister P Rajeeve. He was speaking at the launch of the first VendnGo outlet, a virtual food court promoted by Versicles Technologies, on Saturday. “Startups born in the country will find the state as the most conducive place to enter and flourish. Kerala facilitates hassle-free entry for startups, which is underlined by the large presence of large IT companies world,” he said. Rajeeve said an interaction with the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) at the recent Defense Expo revealed that Kerala is the only place companies can come with their products immediately, whereas a formal submission of brochures and posters is initially required in other states.VendnGo is a pioneering micro-commerce platform that allows customers to order their food from multiple restaurants in a single order and have it delivered to a newsstand pick-up point or to their doorstep.The startup begins operations with the launch of its first outlet at the Mall of Travancore.Noting that a whirlwind of cha ngements is happening in Kerala’s IT sector, Rajeeve said Cognizance Technologies has opened its 1.5 lakh sq/ft factory in Kochi, Tata Elxsi has 50% workforce in Kerala and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS ) is setting up a 36-acre campus near Infopark in Kakkanad. “The government is pushing the idea of ​​’Work Kerala’ because the state has a conducive environment for the IT industry and other sectors. We have limitations in terms of land, so we need to focus on startups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which have immense possibilities,” he said. Rajeeve said this exercise is considered “the year of entrepreneurship” with the goal of creating 1,00,000 MSMEs across the state. “In the first seven months themselves, we passed 80,000 MSMEs when normally the annual average is 10,000,” he said. The minister added that MSME clinics have been set up in each district to provide consultation to young people, who come up with new ideas. In his keynote address, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) CEO Anoop Ambika said that VendnGo kiosks have possibilities far beyond ordering multiple things and can become a centralized shopping mall. VendnGo co-founder Kiran Karunakaran said the company was born out of the motivation that something should be returned to the state. “We wanted to have a mechanism to deliver a societal good. In each VendnGo location, we can create at least five direct jobs and 10 indirect jobs. We also plan to set up outlets out of state,” he said.