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
“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,email@example.com, www.technoparktbi.org,
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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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