Govt. of India nominates Startup Village Chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar as member of US-India Science & Technology Endowment Forum


Govt. of India nominates Startup Village Chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar as member 

of US-India Science &Technology Endowment Forum  

New Delhi, Feb 9: The Government of India has nominated Sanjay Vijayakumar, chairman of 

Kochi-based Startup Village, as a member of the International Board of Governors of the United 

States-India Science and Technology Endowment Forum (USISTEF), which supports and fosters 

innovation and techno-entrepreneurship through application of science and technology. 

Mr. Vijayakumar’s nomination was announced here by Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, 

Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and technology. 

The bi-national Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) administers the United 

States-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund, which is jointly set up by the 

governments of India and the USA. The Fund supports R&D enabled cooperation for generating 

social benefits by commercialization of technology through partnerships between Indian and 

American researchers and entrepreneurs. 

A joint Governing Board of 18 members (nine each from India and the US) has been formed to 

provide leadership and oversight to USISTEF and to ensure that the programmes and activities of 

the bilateral Fund conform to the highest standards. From the Indian side, the Governing Board 

is co-chaired by Dr. Arabinda Mitra, Advisor & Head, International Bilateral Cooperation, DST 

(IBCD). 

“I am hugely honoured by my nomination to the Governing Board of USISTEF. It will give me 

an opportunity to interact and share ideas with some of the most important names in the area of 

entrepreneurship and innovation,” said 31-year-old Mr. Vijayakumar, who is possibly the 

youngest to get such a nomination. 

“India needs a conducive ecosystem for startups, and I hope USISTEF can lend a cutting edge to 

such a mission,” said the Startup Village chairman, who had moderated a panel discussion on 

“How digitisation will change India's future” as part of the Startup India action plan unveiled by 

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in new Delhi on January 16. 

Startup Village at Kochi (Kerala), India’s first technology incubator on the Public Private 

Partnership (PPP) model, has been set up with the objective of creating a culture of 

entrepreneurship amongst the country’s youth.

Mr Vijayakumar’s remarkable entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 22 when he founded 

MobME Wireless Solutions Ltd, a Kerala-based mobile and Internet company and India’s first 

Indian Telecom Innovation Hub, KINFRA Hi-Tech Park, Kalamassery-683109,Te :+91-

484-6491646, +91-484-6492646,info@itihtbi.orgwww.itihtbi.org, www.technoparktbi.org, 

www.technopark.org, www.nstedb.com www.startupvillage.in

campus startup. By the age of 28, he was helming India's first PPP technology business incubator 

and mentoring aspiring young entrepreneurs. Today, he is one of World Economic Forum’s 

Global Shapers, advises state governments on policies, sits on the board of a technological 

university and was named one of Asia 21 Young Leaders by the Asia Society.

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