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Odisha CM launches Startup Odisha Helpline to encourage entrepreneurship among youth in the state

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce, and Odisha MSME department

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Bhubaneswar, March 1, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched Startup Odisha Helpline in a bid to encourage entrepreneurship among youth in the state.

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“I hope this Helpline will provide a platform to our youth, incubators and other stakeholders to address their issues,” said the Chief Minister.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce, and Odisha MSME department.

“I am sure that partnership between Startup Odisha Initiative and Startup India Hub run by Invest India will help us in achieving the ‘Mission-1000 Startups’ by the year 2020 and help our youth in realising their dreams,” said the Chief Minister.

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He said the MoU with Invest India will bring global perspective and provide access to the best practices in the field of Startups and other MSME sectors.

The MoU will facilitate knowledge exchange, access to funding and networking between Odisha Startups and the global Startup ecosystem. Invest India will also extend knowledge support for development of the MSME Sector in the state with focus on food processing, agro-processing and spices sector.

Deepak Bagla, CEO and MD of Invest India, said, “Startup India has the objective of making India a country of job creators. The vision is to make India the number one Startup nation in the world.”

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Bagla congratulated the Odisha government on this extremely important initiative which will provide a critical foundation for the development of the entire Start-up ecosystem.

He said, “We look forward to working closely and to make the Chief Minister’s vision of 1000 startup a reality in the immediate future”. (IANS)

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Another attraction point of interning with a startup is that the work environment is not too formal


Nikhil Sonna, a B.Tech. in Electronics and Telecommunications, was placed at an MNC as a web developer, but he wanted to pursue a career in core electronics. After the completion of the final semester exams, all his friends were gearing up for post-graduation, while he was confused as to what to do next. So, looking out for something new and exciting, he finally decided to get himself an internship experience. Soon enough, he was hired by a startup. There, Nikhil’s work domain was Analog and Digital Design, and he couldn’t be any happier. He finally got to follow his passion and therefore, performed exceptionally well during the internship. In the end, he was offered a pre-placement offer which he gladly accepted instead of joining the MNC he previously had a placement offer from.

Summer is​ the ​most popular season for internships​ ​among the students.​ With summer approaching, the hunt for internships has started. Gone is the time when students just wanted to spend their vacations lying on their couch, binge-watching their favourite TV series. Now, they want to do something productive during their vacations and what can be more productive than doing an internship, right?

Students are now voluntarily drifting off-course from the norm and are keen on interning with startups for they have understood the importance of the learning opportunities in a startup. Some of you might be confused why would someone go for startups instead of MNCs. Let me help you understand with the following points as to why you should also intern with a startup this summer:


  • True learning experience: Unlike MNCs, startups have a flat hierarchy and smaller teams which makes it easier for the mentors to pay a concentrated attention to each intern under their umbrella, thus resulting in a better learning experience for the students. Also, you are often given responsibilities which require you to work on crucial projects right from ideating to planning and executing it. In fact, you might even be given an opportunity to handle a team of other interns and mentor them.
There are many benefits which you can take advantage of while working with a startup.


  • Develop an entrepreneurial spirit: Startups are usually incubated with an aim to achieve something truly disruptive. Contributing even a little to its journey towards success might turn out to be one of the most valuable experiences in your career and life. Most probably, you’ll work directly with the founders or co-founders on projects they are passionate about and gain entrepreneurial qualities like critical thinking, taking calculated risks, passion and perseverance to make things happen, optimism, leadership, team management, etc.


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Another attraction point of interning with a startup is that the work environment is not too formal. You are not required to follow a certain dress-code and courtesy of  the flat hierarchy, you don’t have to go through a long process in order to reach out to the senior members. Also, while working with diverse teams, you’ll meet people from different backgrounds which can prove to be helpful when you are looking for full-time jobs in future. So, what are you waiting for? Go grab yourself an internship with a startup from the abundance of opportunities out there!

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