A Japanese delegation representing IT companies visited incubation facilities of the Maker Village and Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) and discussed possibilities of developing a collaborative engagement between their respective startup ecosystems.
The Japanese delegation, drawn from Nakaumi, Shinjiko and Daison areas, is in India for market research. The Kerala Government has taken the initiative for their visit to Maker Village, Kochi and Kerala Startup Mission.
They were very much impressed with the hardware products that are developed here with the support of minimum resources and limited exposure. Some of the products could get traction in the overseas market, if properly positioned.
The delegation members also held one-on-one meetings with matured startups who have already developed market-ready products. They suggested that their respective competencies could be mapped and synchronised for mutual benefit.
The delegation sought the detailed profile of the startups they had met, so that the same could be used for further engagement with respect to market research. This could be the beginning of a beneficial engagement.
The visit of the Japanese delegation complements the effort of Maker Village and KSUM to give international exposure and overseas market access to the startups from their ecosystem.
Earlier last month, Maker Village and KSUM had a fruitful session with a Canadian business delegation, led by its Minister for Innovation, at Pune.