IDEA FEST

A Journey to discover innovation from Colleges

With a view to scout talented innovators from the campuses across the state and transform them as technology entrepreneurs, Kerala Startup Mission hosts a yearly pitching event named Idea Fest. Idea Fest provides students an opportunity to present their ideas or college projects, which can be converted to a practical real world solution, in front of an elite panel and the teams which are shortlisted by the panel are offered grants based on the development stage and innovative value of their ideas. Kerala Startup Mission organised the first Idea Fest, an idea competition for college students in April 2018.


IDEA Fest provides student innovators an opportunity to be part of a structured programme and pitch in front of the expert panel by presenting their ideas and can avail Grants upto 2 Lakhs, get Mentorship Support, Lab Supports, and other Product Development Supports from KSUM.


For any queries please write to iedckerala@startupmission.in

The Application Process


  • Apply here for IDEA Fest - (Now closed)

  • Take the test for Pre-Bootcamp Assessment - here, and reserve your seat in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. The Institute full name in the assessment link can be given as - Your IEDC Institution Name, District - IEDC KSUM (eg: Govt. Model Engineering College, Thrissur - IEDC KSUM)

  • The proposed activity schedule is as follows (for reference)

            1. IDEA Fest Application

            2. Pre-Bootcamp Assessment

            3. Orientation Session

            4. The Bootcamp

            5. KSUM Expert Committee Evaluation

            6. Funding & Pre-Incubation Support

            7. Call for next IDEA Fest Innovators

About the BootCamp


  • A 15-week intense structured program for the entrepreneurs at the Prototype/MVP ready stage, to take them from MVP to the Market launch-ready stage and get them investor-ready.

  • Each Innovator will go through a selection process and post shortlisting, he/she will be taken through a series of structured sessions/interventions, booster clinics, milestone-based journey to refine product-market fit, understand customer acquisition strategies and implement venture growth strategies in an iterative fashion.

  • At the end of the Bootcamp, the INNOVATOR will have a chance to pitch the validated growth story as part of the Demo Day.

  • Pitching infront of an Elite Panel and

  • Funding for the shortlisted Innovative Ideas

Eligibility for Idea Fest

  • Student Innovators at stages of Ideation & Designing Stage, Proof of Concept Stage, Minimum Viable Prototype Development Stage can only apply

  • Company registration is not mandatory during the application phase

  • Student Innovators who have availed Idea Grant before for the same team/same product/same idea will not be eligible

Selection Criteria for Idea Fest

  • All the applicants will undergo a bootcamp organised by KSUM

  • Those completing the Bootcamp will pitch in front of a panel of experts.

  • Best Projects will be shortlisted

  • Fund approval for the selected projects