Facebook is hosting an event #StartInCollege program instituted by the Startup Village Collective (SV.CO) wherein thirty-one student startup founders from India are going to Silicon Valley.
The students from various engineering colleges, who have built their startup products while enrolled in SV.CO’s digital learning program, are on a week-long visit to showcase their prototypes, learn product development and skills, and get exposure to the world-class startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley.
Satyajeet Singh, Platform Partnerships, Facebook India, said: ” At Facebook, we believe the student community has a central role to play in helping build a world-class startup ecosystem in India. We are pleased to support the Start-in-college program that cultivates a sense of purpose amongst students and enables them to build meaningful projects from their college campus.”
SV.CO’s startup program, for first-time, is supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, the US Embassy in India along with Paytm and Freshworks which are also providing scholarships and mentorship to the students.
During their week-long stay until June 24, the students will visit other Valley landmarks including offices of Google, Intel, Silicon Valley Bank, Freshworks, Zendesk and Bootup Ventures; and attend startup workshops at the North Eastern University and Google Launchpad.
According to Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairman, Startup Village Collective, the Silicon Valley visit will give a world class global exposure to the students which will motivate them. “Our aim is to take 300 students next year so that more students from across the country get an opportunity to become job creators and contributors to the growth of the nation” he added.
Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) is sponsoring 19 of the students as part of its international program for startups. SV.CO’s next admission cycle is set to begin in July with a nationwide #StartinCollege campaign Season 2. Read more about Indian Startup Ecosystem.