Kerala IT firm selected for US programme

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:50 hrs

Kochi, Dec 31 (IANS) MindHelix Technosol made history by being the first IT startup from Kerala to get selected for the US-based Alchemist Accelerator Programme for enterprise product startups, a company official said here Monday.

Kris Gopalakrishnan, chief mentor of Startup Village here, said this is a proud moment for entrepreneurs from Kerala.

"MindHelix's achievement clearly shows that Indian startups are truly global and can compete with the ones in the US. Platforms like Startup Village can be a great launch pad for startups like MindHelix where they can grow and go global," said Infosys chief Gopalakrishnan.

The Accelerator programme based in Menlo Park, San Francisco, runs a programme for six months incubating 12 enterprise-centric startups and MindHelix is the only international startup in the group.

The programme allocates $30,000 in seed funding to each company and also provides these startups the opportunity to showcase their products to Fortune 100 companies in the US.

MindHelix has created the cloud computing-based customer interaction application, which was selected for the accelerator.

The Startup Village-based company began operations in 2010 and soon created the TukTuk Meter, a mobile application that went viral in 2011.

MindHelix then went on to build the customer interaction product based on cloud computing. The first implementation of the product was done for Delhi Police, named "Know Your Police Station", a public portal where citizens can connect with the police.

The MindHelix team will be moving to the US for the programme.

"The accelerator is a great launch pad for us in the US and the mentor list has the best people from the industry who will coach us to tweak our product for the US market and also get first few customers. This is a huge step for MindHelix," said Christin Emmanuel George, co-founder and CEO of MindHelix Technosol.

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