Sanjay of MobME has informed me that the first BarCamp Junior was held recently at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. This was a evening gathering, with the aim of getting students kicked up about starting a company while in college. This was not a typical BarCamp the way we know it, but a nice way of piggybacking on the popularity of this concept, while introducing it to the students and getting them interested about entrepreneurship.
Sanjay is one the main guys behind Torque, a mobile startup that was incubated by a group of students of CET (a couple of years back) while still in their engineering course; Torque has since gone on to become a significant player in the mobile VAS segment in Kerela. They have emerged as something of a role model for others to emulate, and I am told that three startups are now working out of CET Mens Hostel (CET incidentally witnessed a consecutive fourth day of strike!). To take student entrepreneurship to the next level, plans are afloat for some kind of an “Innovation Fund” where 100 Malayalees will put in 1 Lac Each to raise a 1 crore fund, that would be invested in 100 college startups. WOW! I wonder what the college’s management has to say about this…and trust Mallu ingenuity to do something like this (no offence meant)