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Five student entrepreneurs incubating their firms at the Startup Village in Kalamassery have been selected for a two-week tour of the Silicon Valley, where they will meet iconic entrepreneurs besides looking for prospective mentors who will fund them to grow.

The trip is sponsored by the State government.

Annual project

Arvind Sanjeev, Jibin Jose, Vijith Padmanabhan, Akash Mathew and Nithin George Charuvila, all aged 22, got handpicked for a tour of the cradle of global technology following their performance at the annual SVSquare project for student entrepreneurs rolled out by Startup Village early this year.

Mostly from a middleclass background, the entrepreneurs said they chose to walk less-travelled roads in pursuit of their dreams.

Akash Mathew, CEO and co-founder of CIED Technologies, made a successful Facebook app called Crush that enables people having a crush on each other to privately connect, without having to embarrass each other. The app has a user base across 121 nations.

He said he wanted to develop something like the Google Labs.

Arvind Sanjeev, founder of ARS Devices, is looking to patent RideSmart, an app for car owners that enables keyless entry and ignition of engine using a smartphone.

Jibin Jose, who set up .Retail, connecting retail shops and products, is the co-founder of QEdge Code Studios.

Vijith Padmanabhan, who co-founded Dolojo Labs, develops high-end websites that help people connect and interact online. The company’s first innovation is a solution for cloud bookmarking, whose maiden edition will come out shortly.

Nithin George Charuvila, CEO of QPlay Tech, has developed a mechanism to convert an ordinary television into a smart one at a cost-effective price.

Expansion plans

Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO of Startup Village, said efforts were being taken by the government to temporarily hire at least 10,000 sq .ft built-up space from the adjoining HMT Machine Tools in a bid to expand. “This will help us grow till the time our own space gets ready,” he said.

At present, 419 companies are incubated at the Startup ecosystem here, while some 1,115 applications are being processed.

Of the existing start-ups, 150 are by student entrepreneurs, predominantly from within the State.

At present, 419 companies are incubated at the Startup Village, while some 1,115 applications

are being processed. Of the existing start-ups,

150 are by student entrepreneurs.

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