GSID 2018 – Goa Startup and Innovation Day
After a successful opening of the GSID 2018 (Goa Startup and Innovation Day 2018) at Cidade De Goa on April 27th, 2018, the second day is underway at the Maquinez Palace, Panjim today.
The Startup Policy was unveiled at yesterdays event and is thrown open to the public today. The main highlight of the Policy is setting up of a Startup Promotion Cell which will serve as the nodal agency for the certification process along with new initiatives and the State Startup Portal. Another initiative to facilitate ease of doing business in Goa is an online single-window portal exclusively for startups.
The government also plans to set up state-of-the-art, fully equipped, plug-and-play innovation and incubation centers, which would translate to a minimum of 2 lakh sq. ft of additional office space for the startups and lead to further job creation and generation.
“We want to create a startup culture where the youth become job givers and not job seekers,” said Rohan Khaunte, Goa’s Minister for Revenue, IT and Labour & Employment. “We expect to do a lot. These two days are going to be a start to the system we have been dreaming about. I strongly believe that April 27 and 28 will stand out in the history of Goa as a place where the journey towards innovation, IT, and startups started,” he added.
State-driven capital incentives, infrastructure support, responsive policies, incubation support, great work-life harmony; as if that wasn’t enough, the state also enjoys a great industry-academia connect with Goa being home to premier institutes such as BITS Pilani, Goa, and Goa Institute of Management.
With a close-knit and supportive startup ecosystem, the fledgling companies get support and mentoring from organizations such as the Goa Chamber of Commerce, Goa Entrepreneurs Mentoring Services, 91Springboard, eChai, startups to build their network, grow their business and co-learn with the community.
Information credit: YourStory