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“Startup India Yatra” is an initiative aimed to scout grassroot level entrepreneurs from the non-metro cities of the country. The initiative provides aspiring entrepreneurs a platform to realize their Startup dream by getting incubated at excellent facilities and taking their idea to the next level. The initiative is being conducted through a collaboration between DPIIT and States.

As of September 2018, the Startup India Yatra has been executed in 9 States covering 99 districts. The States covered under the initiative are Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana facilitating over 45,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.

So far, 685 incubation offers, and cash prizes worth INR 42.6 lakhs have been awarded to the winners of Yatra. Telangana has been the only state which offered incubation to all the 200 finalists during their Grand Finale. Participation from school students has also been witnessed during these Yatras.

The Yatra starts with the launch and flagging off of the Startup India Yatra Van by Chief Minister and other Ministers of the state. This van travelled around the State to different colleges spreading awareness about the Central and State level Startup policies as well as providing an opportunity to aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas online through video recordings.

Additionally, 8-10 boot camps are organised in tier-2 and tier-3 districts of the State where participants attended an ideation workshop and pitch their ideas. The aspiring entrepreneurs shortlisted from these boot camps further participated in a two-day acceleration program to learn:

  • How to pitch to an incubator or investor,
  • How to create a pitch deck,
  • How to validate their product, etc.

Finally, selected finalists pitch to the panel of incubators at the Grand Finale for winning incubation offers and cash prizes.

Government of Jharkhand in collaboration with Startup India team organized Startup India yatra to Tier 2 and 3 cities of India to search for entrepreneurial talent and help develop startup ecosystem at the grassroots level in states. The Jharkhand edition travelled to eight cities and will concluded with a grand finale in Ranchi.

The initiative helped new startup ideas to groom with the help of industry experts and institutions. The event is likely to see participation of 150+ participants from each Bootcamp to be organized in the districts of Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribag, Daltonganj, Deogarh, Giridih, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur.

The day long boot camp in each city will include presentations on Startup India and Jharkhand Startup policy followed by an extensive ideation workshop.

An idea pitching session was held after each boot camp to select the foremost ideas and Startups for the Grand Finale.

Bootcamps also included Motivational talk by Successful Entrepreneur from Chhattisgarh, Mentor Speech on Do’s & don’t for a Startup.

Government of Chhattisgarh under its Startup initiative, organised bootcamps to search for entrepreneurial talent and help develop startup ecosystem at the grassroot level in states covering all 27 districts of the State.

The Startup India van travelled to cities of Chhattisgarh like Korba, Koria, Surguja, Jashpur, Raigarh, Balodabazar, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Balod, Dhamtari, Kanker, Kondagaon, Jagdalpur and Dantewada and hold boot camps in the Government Engineering colleges and Polytechnic Institutes.

The Yatra conducts boot camps where students are taught lessons in business planning followed by a pitch fest where ideas are invited. Shortlisted business ideas get incubated in State run incubators. A total of 19,000 students across 40 districts have benefitted from the Yatra through the boot camps, with over 90 received grants or incubation offers from the State governments.

The program has been able to gather registration of 10,999 startups, generating employment to 1,09,869 people.

Government of Kerala conducts the ‘Startup Leadership Academy’ which mainly consists of a series of workshops for students of the State to give them a basic insight into management, entrepreneurship and technology.

Also Startup boot camps are conducted for pooling innovative ideas from colleges. The activities initiated enable the students to come up with innovative ideas, which are evaluated and provided mentorship. The technology related issues as well as market analysis/ viability are assessed and given proper guidance. The bootcamps are held in all engineering college students, polytechnic college students, arts & science college students. All faculties of Colleges can participate in bootcamp activities.

The Startup Yatra - Kerala launched by Hon’ble Chief Minister organised 8 Boot camps and 14 Van stops in 14 different districts of Kerala. All the Boot Camps had ideation workshops and idea pitching sessions to give Entrepreneurship exposure to the students. Aspiring/Budding Entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to the panel and Entrepreneurs with best ideas got opportunity to participate in a 2-day acceleration program with a best incubator. 

Bihar Startup Yatra is a State-wide effort to foster entrepreneurship and help Startups (organised by Bihar Entrepreneurs Association in association with Department of Industries, Government of Bihar). 13 such Yatras have been successfully conducted at various institutes in Bihar such as SJS College Arwal, Patna Science College, RBS College Samastipur, Nalanda University among others.

Bihar Startup Yatra covered almost 200 institutions in all the 38 districts targeted and 40 thousand interactions with potential entrepreneurs/people/youth with ideas. Support was be provided to do business, start their own venture, to get their ideas executed with detail processes and networking for funding and mentor ship. Bihar Startup Yatra is the biggest Entrepreneurship Campaign in the country. Entrepreneurs get to know how to make a business plan, how to get funding, and sector-wise opportunities in Bihar, statutory licensing, and schemes from Govt. and Non-Govt. agencies.

The 1st Bihar Start-Up Yare was done in Patna Science College by the Hon. Minister of Industries, Govt. of Bihar and Vice Chancellor-Patna University. There were more than 400 participants with 36 ideas submitted. Second destination was in VidyaVihar Institute of Technology, Purnea with more than 400 participants and 78 ideas. Third Start-Up Yatra was done in Gaya College, Gaya. Fourth Start-up Yatra was done in D.N.S Regional Institute of Cooperative Management Govt. of India.

In 2015, The 7th Bihar Start-Up Yatra was done in Magadh Mahila College, again by the Hon. Minister of Industries, Govt. of Bihar. In 2016, The 20th Bihar Start-Up Yatra was done in Birla Institute Technology, Patna by the Hon. Minister of Industries, Govt. of Bihar, and many technological start-ups, Ideas, tie-ups were made with an audience of 600 participants. 21st BSY was in Motihari and 22nd at Bhagalpur College of Engineering, Bhagalpur.

For more details, please visit: Bihar Startup yatra.


Union Minister for Human Resource Development launched the third edition of World’s Biggest Open Innovation Model - Smart India Hackathon 2019 in New Delhi.

SIH-2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving.

1 Lakh+ students from around 3000 institutions got opportunity to work on challenges faced within the Public Sector Organizations and the Union Ministries. And for the 1st time, it included problem statements from industry as well as NGOs.      

Smart India Hackathon- 2019 would also have 2 sub-editions – Software edition (a 36-hour software product development competition) and Hardware edition (a 5 days long hardware product development competition). Public/ Private sector organizations and NGOs also joined SIH2019 to get innovative solutions to their problems in cost effective ways.

Software edition, was a 36-hr software product development competition and Hardware edition, involved building of hardware solutions.

Some benefits to join SIH were Opportunity to brand your organization nationally, Recognition and visibility for your organization across all technical institutions in India, Young techies from all over the country offer out-of-the-box solutions to your problems, Be part of World’s biggest Open Innovation Movement, Opportunity to work with some of the best talent in the country, Technology Students across India compete to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions, Harness expertise of lakhs of students from IISc, IITs, NITs and AICTE/UGC approved institutions.

Government of Andhra Pradesh in association with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Confederation of Indian Industries organised the first-ever agriculture hackathon inviting over 300 delegates, 250 students, 500 farmers and experts. This Agri Hackathon was a three-day agricultural summit.

Many innovative and feasible solutions have been proposed by the participants in order to imbibe newer technologies into the farming methods which would ultimately result in greater productivity to the farmers. Mr. Bill Gates will also released funds to the state government through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to help the state’s farmers combat poverty and other shortcomings.

The State Government proposed to sign an agreement with top three Startups for providing technology based solutions for farmers.

Code-From-Home online hackathon was organized by Rajasthan as part of Challenge for Change, a flagship contest by Rajasthan’s Department of Information Technology and Communications. The contest gives Startups, professionals and students the opportunity to partner with the state government to enhance the effectiveness of e-governance initiatives through technology.

Hackathon5.0 was organised as part of the second edition of Rajasthan Digifest organized by Government of Rajasthan. It invited registrations from over 1,800 people representing 450 teams.

Hackathon 5.0, was the main highlights of the Rajasthan DigiFest and provided a platform to anyone who can offer ingenious solutions to bring change in the state. The event saw participation by the coders, developers, designers, and other communities. The participants were given a chance to innovate on themes like Bhamashah Yojana, e-Mitra, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), AR/VR, blockchain, etc. The winner of the Code-From-Home online Hackathon  got a chance to enter the Hackathon 5.0 directly.

Top three teams were given a chance to earn a contract with Department of Information Technology & Communication, worth Rs.15 Lakhs, Rs.10 Lakhs and Rs.7.5 Lakhs respectively

Green-a-thon: DoITC also organised a Greenathon as part of the DigiFest in an effort to further the aim of building a sustainable nation in symbiosis with the central government’s vision. The 24-hour coding competition encouraged ideas that can help build a sustainable world. Participants were offered a platform to showcase their solutions for sustainable energy as well as environmental issues.

Angel Funding

Government of Odisha has taken active steps to facilitate angel funding to Startup based in the State. The Nodal Department (MSME) announced that it shall encourage Angel Investor Networks and various seed capital funding agencies to forge partnerships with industry/ Startup associations. In this regard, the State Government also held a meeting with High Net-worth Individuals (HNIs) to educate them about the concept of angel investment and its benefits.

State Government also provides a mechanism to potential angel investors/ networks to register with the State’s Startup program. For an angel network entity to register with Startup Odisha, it would be required to submit an application online and will have to submit following documents:

  • Incorporation Structure
  • Investment facilitation declaration duly certified by a registered Chartered Accountant/statutory auditor authorizing the funding

All applications will be reviewed by the Startup Secretariat and will be approved by the Startup Council.

In order to facilitate interaction of Startups with the Angel Investors, Venture Funds and Angel Network, for their funding, State is providing free of cost the IPFC Seminar Hall (approximately 60 seat capacity) equipped with projector and internet connectivity. For availing the facility, Angel Investors, Venture Funds and Angel Network may send request on email to Startup Secretariat ( with a copy and Startup Coordinator at least a week in advance. The online portal with details on incentive and application procedure is provided on Startup Odisha portal.

Once a Startup starts gaining traction there is typically a gap in accessing the growth stage funds to scale up operations. Bihar is playing a vital role in bridging the gap by providing incentives for angel investors to attract investments in State based Startups.

Under the early stage funding support of Bihar Startup Policy 2017, State Government provides following incentives to promote angel investment in the State based Startups:

  • A success fee @2% of investment shall be provided to Startups for mobilizing investments from State registered angel investors towards early stage funding
  • Financial assistance equal to the amount invested in Startup by the angel groups and Category I Alternate Investment Funds shall be given as loan to the Startup

Bihar Industries Association (BIA) has a key mandate to “search angel investors and tag them with eligible entrepreneurs”. To achieve the objectives, BIA in association with the Indian Angel Network, has established the “Venture Park Incubation Centre” in Patna, Bihar. In addition, State has organized networking events such as “Bihar Startup Conclave” and “Litti@Venture Park” facilitated learning on art of pitching for investment and to encourage angel investment.

National & International Event

Government of Telangana encourages participation of startups in national/international events through sponsorship. The Government provides adequate financial assistance to eligible startups for participating in reputed national and international events and conferences. Startups interested in availing sponsorship are required to mail a formal request/proposal to The Startup Council shall evaluate the request and the decision of the Startup Council shall be final and binding.

Government of Telangana reimburses 30% of the actual costs including international travel, subjected to maximum incentive amount of Rs. 5 lakh per year.

International Startup Culture and Exchange Programme was also setup to send the most brilliant startups, college and school students to leading Startup destinations around the world for getting global exposure at a young age. Select College Principals and Teachers were sent for gaining international exposure to learn about Startup culture in universities like Stanford, Harvard and MIT and see how MOOC’s are being used in various schools and colleges for education. Similarly, tie-ups were setup to bring world class Startups to work alongside Startups in Telangana for faster learning and cultural exchange.

For more details you may refer to Telangana national international events.

Government has set up a programme to send selected startups, college and school students, faculty etc., to leading startup destinations in the country and abroad for getting exposure as well as an opportunity to meet and converse with industry leaders, thinkers and innovators. Provision are to ensure 1/3rd representation of women entrepreneurs, students and teachers etc. Existing programmes of the Government like the Market development assistance scheme of VTPC are accessed for these purposes.

The Startup cell promotes Bangalore and Karnataka as a startup destination through participation in international and national events, sponsoring the participation of local startups in such events and various other means. The cell also sponsors the visit of delegations of startups to promotional and marketing events in India and abroad.

Government of Karnataka also has provided sponsorship to Startups to participate in Japan IT Week 2017.

Uttar Pradesh, an entrepreneur friendly destination sponsors the participation of local startups in several national and international events.

Government of Uttar Pradesh’s new Startup policy provides support of up to Rs. 50,000 per Startup to help them take part in national/international events.

The state has also emerged as top contender to host the national startup fest. 

For more details refer UP IT and Startup Policy.

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