IBM and Startup Village in pact to address customer issues in Smarter Planet industries

Infotech Lead India: IBM and telecom incubator Startup Village will help engineering students and young professionals them build business solutions to address issues of enterprise customers of the Smarter Planet industries.

IBM will help students at Startup Village to gain industry-ready skills through its Career Education and Academic Initiative program. Career Education courses are designed to develop the right skills and nurture basic competencies that are demanded by the industry.

The courses offered include skills on Information Management using IBM DB2, Software Quality management, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Mobile Application Development using IBM Worklight, Embedded Systems development using IBM Rational Rhapsody and more.

Students will undergo experiential learning programs through Career Education Projects and take part in The Great Mind Challenge (TGMC) contest, the largest technological contest certified by the Limca Book of Records.

With this collaboration IBM, by its Academic Initiative program, will provide relevant IBM Software free of cost that will be used for training & enablement purposes for students & faculty members of various Engineering colleges in Kerala.

Karthik Padmanabhan, country manager – ISV & Developer Relations, IBM India

“We are pleased to partner with Startup Village in Kerala, under IBM’s Career Education, Academic Initiative and GEP Program. The aim is to provide for life-long learning, skills development, career and workforce training concurrently enabling young generations to create world-class products for the enterprise businesses,” said Karthik Padmanabhan, country manager – ISV & Developer Relations, IBM India.

“We have found that there are lots of talented youngsters in our engineering colleges, but are left handicapped without the latest technology solutions. The IBM support will definitely ignite their innovative talent and thereby enhance the human capital which a prime mover in any eco-system. We are sure this would lead to a whole new culture of product-based thinking and catalyse innovations of the future,” said Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO, Startup Village.

With the Global Entrepreneur Program (GEP) of IBM, the startup companies, hosted at the Kochin campus of Startup village will be able to access – IBM Software at No charge, Exclusive local networking and mentorship events. The collaboration will also provide Technical enablement support to help them develop products and get to market faster.

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