Largest electronic incubator Maker Village to be launched in Kochi

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on January 10, 2019 Published on January 10, 2019

Billed as India’s largest electronic hardware incubator, Maker Village will be launched here in a scaled-up form on January 13 with a string of improved facilities that would facilitate the hardware startup community in the country in setting up their businesses, filing patents for their innovative designs and fashioning their ideas into market-ready products.

The ultra-modern facility, spread over an increased physical space of 60,000 sq ft, will be officially launched in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with the inauguration of the "Integrated Startup Complex" at Kalamassery near here on Sunday.

Maker Village, the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) facility and Hardware Incubator, is an innovative joint initiative of Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Kerala Government and IIITMK, Thiruvananthapuram. It has currently 65 hardware startup companies from across the country developing a range of products in cutting edge technologies,

A total of 25 (both national and international) patents have been filed by 14 companies and another eight companies are in the process of filing patents in the next two months. As many as 17 startups located here have been able to generate their first purchase orders and already started selling in the market.

The cumulative investment in startups during the last year is about Rs 16 crore and it will increase manifold with the new facilities, said Prasad Balakrishnan Nair, CEO, Maker Village. The startup companies here work in divergent areas such as automation, robotics, drones, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, bio-medical instrumentation, and energy Management while anchoring on cutting edge technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Augmented Reality /Virtual Reality.

In order to facilitate creating a robust and sustainable hardware ecosystem for prototyping, product design and development, it is in the process of creating a collaborative platform where sharing of talent, ideas, technology, equipments, services and exchange of best practices can be facilitated. As part of this initiative, Centers of Excellence (CoE) enabling hardware product development by top global technology solution providers are being instituted at Maker Village. The first such CoE by Altair, a globally renowned engineering solution provider, with key focus on engineering design through simulation driven innovation, will also be launched , he said.

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Published on January 10, 2019
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