APIS (Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society) is according to high priority to the promotion of entrepreneurship to transform the State into an innovation valley, its new Chief Executive Officer Winny Patro has told.
“Students will be inspire to become entrepreneurs by inculcating the habit of innovative thinking and yielding out-of-the box ideas in them,” expressed Mr. Patro.
In the guidelines of IT Minister N. Lokesh, he expressed a Centre of Exchange (CoE) on the Internet of Things, in partnership with the NASSCOM would be set up in Visakhapatnam. Another national CoE in IoT will come up in Tirupati. Three CoEs in robotics will be launch in Vijayawada, Tirupati and Vishakapatnam.
Stating that they would hold a series of boot-camps and run incubation centres in colleges to encourage
entrepreneurship, Mr. Patro expressed to strengthen the ecosystem they had already tied up with 200 domain experts to act as mentors. “Students will be encouraged to take part in many challenges to articulate innovative solutions to various problems. They will be provided with incentives,” he expressed.
An MBA from IIM-Kolkata, Mr. Patro had pursued entrepreneurship and teaching before he was employed
as the Director of the Andhra Pradesh IT Academy. He also had earlier worked as the Additional CEO of APITA and APIS. He was instrumental in launching of LEAP (Look for Employees in AP) programme by holding a series of job melas and tying up with several big companies and taking up skill development programmes for professionally qualified candidates.
Giving details about the programmes in the pipeline, Mr. Patro expressed TV shows would also be organised for engaging students to pitch ideas and convert them into commercial ventures by floating startups.
Besides offering them extra marks, attendance exemption to some extent and financial incentives, they would be supported to take part in hackathons.
The APIS would also launch a gaming hackathon on September 10 followed by Fintech hackathon on September 17, smart city hackathon, a partnership with Fluentgrid, in the first week of October. Students of AP will be encouraged to offer solutions to problems faced in Israel in November, this is the first time. A number of hackathons in cybersecurity, agriculture and drones will follow.