Innovation and entrepreneurship are the need of the hour as technology changes fast, says Hrishikesh Nair
Australia-based InQ Innovation, a global ecosystem for startups with co-working spaces, launched in Kochi
Kochi: Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark, said innovation and entrepreneurship are the need of the hour as technology is changing at a very fast pace. He was speaking after inaugurating the Kerala operations of InQ Innovation, a unique global venture providing co-working spaces, global launch pads, incubation for startups and early stage accelerators. Government is committed to support startup ecosystems like InQ Innovation. He also said Kerala is catching up with the changing faces of IT as Thirvunathapuram is focusing on fintech services including block-chain and bitcoin while Kochi is catching up with Internet of Things and Kozhikode on mobile applications.
In this context, startup ecosystems play a major role by attracting startups and innovations. We are targeting to be a 100% digital economy and while our workforces are technically educated, they lag behind in employability. The inaugural session held at Hotel Crowne Plaza was also addressed by T P Sreenivasan, Former Ambassador of India; A. V. Anoop, Global President, World Malayali Council; N. R. Panicker, Chairman, Accel group; Umesh Menon, Senior Faculty, Entrepreneurship Development Insitute of India. The daylong launch event also included sessions on various topics attended by a visiting delegation from Australia and professionals and business leaders from across the country.
The sessions included a Fireside Chat, Star Mentor Dating and an AR VR Session by Mr Scott O’Brien, Co-Founder of Humense, Australia. Other dignitaries attended the sessions include Annalie Kilian, Preethi Nambiar, Aparna Viswanath, Anil Chikkara, Anand Kumar, Nanjunda Prathap Palecanda, Vijetha Shastry and Robin Alex Panicker on topics ranging from global startup ecosystem attended by Er Ananda Mani, Vivek Govind and Rajesh Nair; Funding – Facts and Myths attended by Peter Helson on video from Sydney while Nebu Abraham, Anil Chikkara and Sri Shankar in person. Post lunch, on InQ Global Mentorship, Nanjunda Prathap Paleconda, Vijetha Shastry, Varadarajan Krish and Robin Alex Panicker led the session on InQ Global Mentorship while Scott O Brien and Irfan Malik led the session on AR-VR Immersive Activation session.
Mr. Irfan Malik, Managing Director, inQ Innovation, said for the first time a co-working space of global standards is being launched in the state. With offices in Australia and the Middle East, the co-working spaces in Kochi will have real global presence from day one, which will be a big boost to the startup environment in the state, the spokesperson said. “To be successful, startups need international scaling right from the start in the current globalized scenario and we have found many of the startups fail due to lack of it. It’s to fill this disparity, InQ innovation steps in,” Mr. Irfan Malik said.
InQ will focus on harnessing international collaboration across broad and vibrant sectors such as agrotech , biotech and clean energy, creative media and digital technology, education and skill-ready training, tourism and hospitality, healthcare and wellbeing and fintech. The eco-system will have the support and nurturing functions of seed and venture capital funds, legal, corporate, patent and trademarks, equity and listing, marketing and back-office support. This unique facility will host international startups from Australia and facilitate international partnership and investors for each of the startups and early stage ventures.