US-based investor plans start-up school in Kochi

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 07, 2012 21:42 hrs

Freeman Murray, an investor and mentor based in the US, would set up a start-up school for young entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Start-up Village, Kochi, India’s first telecom incubator.

The school will come up at the Start-up Village in partnership with, a hub of digital creativity in Bengaluru supporting designers, start-ups, and digital freelancers. has been set up by Murray.

Addressing a press conference here, Freeman said the school would enroll 100 students initially for a 6-month course of which 4 months would be devoted to residential classes. Brighter ones with better ideas and entrepreneurship skills would be selected for the final two-month course. Preference would be given to those with better communication skill.

The school would help young first time entrepreneurs to launch successful Internet companies.

Startup Village CEO, Sijo Kuruvilla said the engineering colleges in the state had started to encourage their students to set up their own ventures and the results were showing in the growing number of applications reaching the Startup Village. Around 20 students were applying every week, he added.

The Kerala government recently announced a policy to encourage student entrepreneurs. The policy ensures grace mark and relaxation in attendance for students who start new ventures.

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