Kakinada,June 26, 2018: Deputy Chief Minister of AP Nimmakayala Chinarajappa inaugurates Social Impact Initiative to create entrepreneurial force in youth in tier-II and III cities in several district of Andhra Pradesh here at Surampalem near Kakinada today.
Part of the initiative, a Pilot Workshop “Learn to Innovate” began today at Aditya Group of Institutions, Surampalem, near Kakinada in East Godavari District of AP. Murali Mohan, Member of Parliament; Sesha Reddy, Chairman of Aditya Group; Srinivas Reddy, Director of Aditya Group; Seema Anil Kumar, Senior Advisor, Innovivi Centre of Excellence; Sri Divya, Founder of Innovivi Centre of excellence graced the inaugural function.
Addressing the gathering, Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakalaya Chinarajappa said the Chief Minister of the State Chandrababu Naidu continually strives hard to make Andhra Pradesh an innovation hub. It is his wish to see that that state turns as an Innovation Valley. He wants to see AP as Innovation Society. Towards that direction, there is much importance given to skill development, while pursuing studies. So that when you graduate you will be job ready, he said.
The government was successful in bringing top ten colleges to the Capital of Andhra Pradesh. Even the colleges which are already existing in the state raised their standards so much to compete with these top ten colleges which set up shops at the Capital. Learn to Innovate is an excellent program. I understand that 3000 youth have applied for the same and only a few were selected to go through the same. The AP Government has set up incubation centers to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurship. So you need not just depend on the jobs, they can be on their own and start their enterprises, Deputy Chief Minister told them.
Concluding his address, Chinarajappa advised youth, technology is a doubled edged weapon. It is both good and bad. You must use it for good. Also, he advised them to travel safely by wearing helmets to back and forth to home and college as life is more precious than anything he told them.
Addressing the gathering Murali Mohan, MP quoting a well-known saying said, “If you want money power go to America. If you want manpower go to China/Japan. If you want brain power go to India”. It is a matter of great pride that we are known as brainy people. This brain can ignite an idea. Unfortunately nor more than 350 Engineering Colleges located in AP have good standards. The world is in your hands. Explore it. Don’t chase jobs. Think of giving jobs to ten other people. Take an example of Narayan Murthy of Infosys. Today he is giving employment of thousands of people.
This workshop is meant to ignite some brilliant ideas in you. A big tree takes birth from a small seed. Your small ideas can be nurtured through workshops like this one. Make use of the opportunity, he told the youth.
Sesha Reddy, Chairman of Aditya Group while addressing the students said every student need to have Passion, burning desire and a goal to accomplish. Every student need to be self-motivated and determined to start-up and impact society. Aditya group of Institutions is delighted to host this Pilot workshop of Innovivi.Centre of Excellence.
Founder of Innovivi Centre of Excellence Sree Divya Vadlapudi P, addressing the participants said Innvovivi centre of excellence is a platform provided to the youth of tier II and Tier III districts of Andhra Pradesh to work on disruptive ideas to create innovative solutions to impact society. Innovivi is a first of its kind to bring Cloud Foundry, SkyDeck programme and silicon valley instructors to district levels of Andhra Pradesh. Innovivi centre of excellence will help in creating a pool of talent by training them to become intrapreneurs or entrepreneurs and develop the economy of the state and nation at large.
Speaking on the Skype from USA Hillary Weber, a Venture Advisor and Practice Area Leader, SkyDeck, University of California, Berkeley said her passion and drive to help and build up entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs especially in India has been realized by partnering with Sree Divya to setup Innovivi Centre of Excellence. Looking forward to an exciting two days to interact with an energetic team of 200 participants. It was indeed a pleasure to view them virtually she said.
The objective of this social Impact Initiative is to create an entrepreneurial force in youth in tier-II and III cities with global methods of innovation and entrepreneurship to be held in several districts of Andhra Pradesh. Dept of Youth Services, Government of A.P supports the initiative as well as Opportu, USA, Berkeley Innovation Index The Workshop soon will be replicated in all the 13 districts of the state. This is a workshop is being held for three days till 28th June under entrepreneurship development program in several districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Innovivi is a global partner of SkyDeck, University of California, Berkeley.
The workshop is mainly facilitated by Ms. Hilary Weber, USA through a Virtual medium. Hilary is a Venture Advisor and Practice Area Leader, SkyDeck, University of California, Berkeley; Industry Fellow, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, University of California, Berkeley; Guest lecturer, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Founder and CEO, Opportu. Co-facilitated by Innovivi team, led by Sree Divya Vadlapudi P, Co-instructors and team of 15 people.
Hillary Weber’s organization, Opportu, helps companies to "Innovate like a Startup. Lead like an Enterprise".
The program is targeted at students, unemployed youth, aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners who want to: innovate in a corporate setting, don’t yet have innovative ideas but want to learn how to create them and have ideas but don’t know how to bring them to life. 3000 youth applied for it and 200 were selected to participate in the same.
Participants walk out of this workshop with some of Silicon Valley’s best practices, hands-on experience while working in small teams and conquering a challenge together, learn about themselves as an aspiring leader and begin their beautiful journey to a successful innovation by persuading practical tips on how to attract others to support their innovative ideas, informed Sree Divya Vadlapudi P, Co-Founder, Innovivi Centre of Excellence.
All the participants will undergo the Berkeley Innovation Index in three stages, before, during and post the workshop.