Viacom18 partners with DIPP to boost start-up drive.New Delhi | By PTI | Feb 19, 2016, 09.32 PM IST.
Media major Viacom18 and DIPP have joined hands for the Start Up India initiative to launch an outreach programme aimed at young entrepreneurs. Under the 'MTV KICKSTART' programme, the company will launch an annual programme to bridge the gap between ideas and investors, Viacom18 said in a statement. MTV KICKSTART will work towards educating the youth about the ecosystem of start-ups, it added. The programme aims to educate through personal and informal interactions with start-up kings, investors and advisory, it added. "The multi-platform programme will help us engage with the dynamic youth of India, help them start-up with ease and inspire a new generation to follow their dreams and become successful entrepreneurs," said Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).Viacom18 Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats said, "We now wish to extend the catalyst role to the start-up space as well by being a part of the journey of young entrepreneurs." The initiative will start with an outreach plan that will run through 52 weeks, reaching out to 300 colleges across the country and heavy media buzz across TV and Digital. MTV along with #StartUpIndia will be hosting Start-Up Festivals (2 day event) across tier-I and tier-II cities to allow youth to have a personal interaction with top entrepreneurs and investors, it said. There will also be a reality TV show featuring youngsters competing for funding, it added.