Sanjay Vijayakumar , who is the Kochi startup village chairman, has been appointed an advisor to the Rajasthan government’s startup council to create a startup ecosystem in the western state of the country.  Sanjay has played a key role in setting up India’s first technology business incubator on the PPP model in the state of Kerala.

The Rajasthan startup council is headed by Rajasthan chief minister, and comprises a member secretary, nine members and eleven eminent experts from the industry. Apart from Vijayakumar the council has names like Kunal Bahl, co-founder and CEO of Snapdeal; Sharad Sharma, founder of iSPIRIT; Viru Gupta, founder and CEO, News Hunt, T V Mohandas Pai, chairman, Manipal Global Education, Bengaluru.

The 32-year-old Vijayakumar has been appointed in his capacity as an eminent expert of the startup council, whose mandate is to play “an advisory role and act as a think tank for strengthening the startup ecosystem” in the state. Sanjay, who is startup advisor to the Kerala and Andhra Pradesh governments as  well says-

“The decision of the Rajasthan government to create a startup ecosystem is a growing affirmation of the expanding footprints of startup culture in the country. It is also a validation of the pioneering role of Startup Village which is fast shaping up as a national player with a strong focus on student entrepreneurship and culture of innovation,”

Vijayakumar was earlier appointed by the Central government as a board member of Indo-US S&T Endowment Fund, which supports and fosters innovation and techno-entrepreneurship through application of science and technology. After the successful first phase of operations, as part of its second phase, the Kochi Startup Village will launch 10,000 campus startup teams across India in the next five years.

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