Rajasthan’s Start-up to Silicon project

Jaipur, May 4: Rajasthan has launched a ‘Student Startup Exposure Program’ to encourage entrepreneurial skills amongst the youth.

Launched by the state’s Department of Information Technology and Communication, up to 100 students will be selected for a two-week residential program under which they will be taken to Silicon Valley, US.

There they will have direct interaction with experts. “The idea is to provide an exposure to various aspects related to building a technology-related product startup,” said an official from the department.

The participants will work on building their idea into prototype products and will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to prospective customers and investors in Silicon Valley for feedback.

Any college-going student across the state is eligible for the program. However, the Startup has to undergo a rigorous selection procedure to be among the lucky 100. This two-level selection procedure is based on the iStart guidelines, and a third party has been hired to execute it.

The students will first be judged based on their applications and ideas through a video interview, and the selected ones will be invited to Jaipur for a final interaction.

The program also involves a three month training course where the start up will be trained to build the product from scratch. Those not selected for the residential programme can also receive this online training.



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