The primary drive towards establishing Kerala as the preferred IT destination arises from its rich talent pool, excellent infrastructure and community synergies. The Kerala government acts as a catalyst to facilitate an enabling environment by building world-class IT parks, fostering incubators and forging new tie-ups.
The government has envisioned a holistic growth plan for the state with the hub-and-spoke model of development. Technopark (Thiruvananthapuram), Infopark (Kochi) and Cyberpark (Kozhikode) act as hubs for satellite centres in the hinterland.
Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram: It is one of India's largest IT parks and one of world's greenest technopolis as well. It is Kerala’s first IT park with more than 460 companies employing more than 63,000 IT professionals. visit website
Infopark, Kochi: Ever since its inception in 2004, Infopark has been growing fast and attracting investments from IT majors. The 260-acre campus is divided into Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and non-SEZ facilities.visit website
Cyberpark, Kozhikode: Cyberpark offers tailor-made workspaces, intelligent infrastructure and end-to-end solutions for global IT/ITeS companies. It is strategically planned, road-mapped and fast-developing as the ideal destination for investments in the information technology sector. visit website
The three IT parks together have more than 800 companies that provide employment to over 1 lakh IT professionals. Technopark is extensively laid out across 724 acres of land in 5 phases, with 9.7 million sq.ft.of built-up space. Has both IT SEZ and DTA areas within the campus. Infopark has a total built-up area of 6 million sq.ft.and Cyberpark a combined built-up area of 8 Lakhs sq.ft. An additional space of 10 million sq.ft. is getting targeted by 2021 in the IT parks to meet the growing demand from companies.
To strengthen the startup ecosystem and support industrial growth, the state developed India’s first Public Private Partnership incubator with a vision to create 1,000 technology startups over a period of 10 years. Today, the Startup Village is a role model for other states to emulate technology-based entrepreneurship. Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) anchors the state’s startup scene, being the first non-academic business incubator. Since its inception in 2006, KSUM has helped in the formation of more than 132 companies and hosted many more companies virtually and physically. KSUM is now the nodal agency for establishing the startup ecosystem in the state.
Major industry bodies consider Kerala as a digital innovation hub with a capacity to transform the socio-economic landscape of the state.These organizations have come forward to join hands with the state’s IT sector to drive the digital transformation. The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has joined hands with Kerala Startup Mission to support the app economy in the state. NASSCOM has partnered with the state to catalyse the ITeS segment, promote mentoring and entrepreneurship, and help build the knowledge economy. The state also sends regular delegations to GCC and ASEAN countries for tying up with regional blocsand promoting the state’s IT sector.