Offering an opportunity to work alongside the Telangana government, the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) is offering a one-year paid fellowship program for young graduates and professionals to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the state.

Called the Innovation Cell Fellowship Program, the idea is to bring in young professionals to work on innovation and entrepreneurship and bring in fresh ideas to be implemented in the state.

According to a notice put out by TSIC, the program will involve the selected fellows developing stakeholder and project management skills and gain first-hand experience of working on large-scale issues with the Government.

In the first four weeks of the program, fellows will learn about the existing projects of TSIC and will look to identify opportunities and conceptualise new projects that can be undertaken. The fellows will then work to implement these projects through the rest of the program, while taking ownership of the project.

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The role is a full-time position based out of Hyderabad, or any other town in Telangana. Outlining the roles and responsibilities of the fellows, TSIC says that these fellows will report directly to Phanindra Sama, the states chief innovation officer, who also heads TSIC. They will have the opportunity to drive decision making through critical and thorough analysis.

The projects will be around the focus areas of the innovation cell, which include implementation of the Innovation Policy and scrutinization of the incentive applications received under the policy and to work on spreading of intellectual property rights awareness to help increase the filing of patents.

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The fellows will also work on enabling startup communities in the state by engaging all the ecosystem players and build programs that would help in the fostering of the ecosystem. Another focus area of TSIC that the fellows can look at is facilitating setting up more niche academic and corporate incubators. TSIC also works with colleges and schools to foster entrepreneurship at a younger age.

Applications for the program are open until February 24 and the fellowship will begin on April 1, 2019.

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The first cohort of the fellowship was launched last year where six fellows worked on various projects such as promoting Telangana as a destination for technology education tourism, building a strong ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in Tier II and Tier III towns, among others.

The Telangana State Innovation Cell was set up in 2017 to promote innovation across the state and in government organization and to build a culture of innovation from an early age. #KhabarLive