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Karnataka government launches programme for student entrepreneurs

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BENGALURU: The Karnataka government’s Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science &Technology has launched a programme to empower student startups in the state towards entrepreneurship.

The programme is part of Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS) and is called E-Step.

The programme focuses on boot camps, mentoring and specific training programs which cover various aspects of entrepreneurship. It is a specially crafted program for students/ startups/entrepreneurs to understand the basics of entrepreneurship from experienced trainers, the state government said in a statement.

The first phase of E-Step will be to organize day long boot camps across all New Age Incubation Networks (NAIN) across the state.

Bootcamps are being held at 30 colleges between 12th August to 14th September this year in Mandya, Chikkaballapura ,Tumakuru, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Mangaluru,, Shivamogga, Davanagere, Ballari, Dharwad, Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura , Kalaburagi and Bidar.

“The Government of Karnataka is keen to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship and E-Step is one such initiative where we identify and groom young talent. We have received an overwhelming response to bootcamps across the state with over 400 registrations per day,” said Dr. E. V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka.

E-Step helps in lateral and inclusive growth and further enhances our outreach to Tier II and Tier III cities. Our aim is to leverage the talent pool in the state to augment Karnataka’s position as the Startup Capital of India, he added.

Up to now, 2499 students between the age group of 18 to 26 have registered with almost 50% being female participants.

“The bootcamp gives participants an overview of the current startup system. It also acts as a platform for ideation where teams will work on various ideas based on problems, solutions, competitors and customer,” the statement said.

Students will work on product design and marketing and have a session on product development, sales and customer engagement, business model and creation of a pitch deck. The bootcamp also includes a mock pitch session and a mentor talk.