Freeman Murray, legendary entrepreneur and mentor from the US, will set up a startup school here for young entrepreneurs in collaboration with Startup Village.

Murray’s Startup School will be set up in partnership with the Startup Village and, a hub of digital creativity in Bangalore supporting designers, startups, and digital freelancers of all types.

The school will enrol 100 students initially for a six-month course, of which four months would be for residential class at the Startup Village campus, he told reporters here.

Students with better ideas and entrepreneurship skills will be selected for the final two-month course, he said.

“It is a great time to start a technology company. Internet has made it possible for smart people everywhere to create products and earn money online,” Murray, who has been working with technology startups for the past 15 years in India and the US and is an angel investor, said.

“I am setting up this programme in Kerala to help young people who are interested in technology and entrepreneurship to start technology companies,” he added.

In India, Murray had earlier run an incubation programme at IIM-Ahmedabad. He has also set up a large art and technology space in Bangalore called Since 2000, he has been an active angel investor for over 20 companies in the US and India.

Sijo Kuruvilla, CEO, Startup Village, said that engineering colleges in the State are showing interest in the government’s new entrepreneurship policy, extending various concessions to students with entrepreneurship skills to encourage them to set up their own ventures.

Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairperson of Governing Board of Startup Village, said that Murray’s decision to launch a startup school for young entrepreneurs is going to be a momentous event in Kerala. It has also to be viewed as the next logical step to the landmark Student Entrepreneur Policy, which has been promised by the state government, he said.