Located in the middle of the Kerala Technopark center in Kochi, Fab Lab Kerala is one of the key pillar of the governmental organization Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), which mission is to develop a strong Technology startup ecosystem in the state of Kerala, India. Kerala state has the highest rate of literate people in India. But most of the engineers once graduated leave the state. KSUM wants to change this trend by helping them to start companies.
For that purpose, KSUM built a technology compound to educate and give all facilities and support to the startups from Kerala to raise and succeed. This place aims to provide in the same area offices, prototyping machines and access to mentorship.
That is why in July 2015, two Fab Labs were created (1 in Trivandrum, 1 in Kochi) in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to complete the equipment of KSUM. And this is just the beginning as 20 mini Fab Labs are about to open in colleges all over the state.
Fab Lab Kochi remains open to all, and focus on education as well as on startup product development. Since last year, fabacademy courses are organized in the space, as well as many workshops to bring education on digital machines and raise startups vocation.