Prarambh: The Startup International Summit

Startup India International Summit was hosted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Government of India on January 15-16, 2021. The virtual summit marked the 5th anniversary of the launch of the Startup India Initiative.

Number of Countries Participating
200 +
Number of Speakers
Engaging Sessions

About Prarambh

Prarambh which translates to ‘an auspicious start’ and ‘to begin’, was a truly befitting name given to the Startup India International Submit that saw over 200 marquee speakers and participation from 56 countries of the global startup ecosystem across 2 days.

Right from Japan to Silicon Valley, the hybrid-model event saw celebrated names from the world of entertainment, academia, governance, corporate financing, policy making, entrepreneurship and more, come together with the aim to foster multilateral cooperation and boost engagement for the overall benefit of the global startup ecosystem.

With over 24 focused sessions covering areas such as innovation and multilateral incubator programs, to startup success stories and industry-academia partnership in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the summit also included a virtual startup showcase, closed-door B2B sessions and closed-door sessions on mobilizing domestic and global capital for Indian startups.

At a Glance

  • Summit graced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi
  • 24 focused sessions covering all aspects of the startup ecosystem
  • Virtual Startup Showcase of more than 1100 high-quality innovations
  • Attended by senior ministers, key Indian government officials and representatives of the BIMSTEC member states
  • Closed-door roundtables saw participation from 58 funds with more than USD 40 billion investments in India and 30 regulators

Prominent Speakers from the Summit


Encouraging and inspiring the youth for innovation & entrepreneurship.
Exchange knowledge on best practices on nurturing startup ecosystems.
Develop capacities of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Mobilize global and domestic capital for investments into startups.
Provide opportunities to startups for entering domestic (private and public) & international markets.
Showcasing high-quality, high technology & frugal innovations from India.
Enable ease of doing business for startups & investors.

Important Announcements During the Summit

Launch of INR 945 crore Startup India Seed Fund scheme:


The Startups India Seed Fund Scheme will offer financial assistance to selected startups and incubators in the country across five years, starting in 2021. Know More

Startup Champions Program launched on Doordarshan:


The program highlighted stories of the best innovations in the country, to faraway areas of our country and inspire our youth. Know More

Interaction with Startups:


15 startups, 9 from India and 6 from the BIMSTEC member states, received an opportunity to interact with the Hon’ble Prime Minister at the Grand Plenary sessionKnow More

Two key reports launched during the Grand Plenary session by the Hon’ble Prime Minister:

Evolution of Startup India:


The report shows the journey of the Startup India initiative in the 5 years since its inception. It throws light on the initiatives taken by the Department over and beyond the action plan. The report can benefit all stakeholders in understanding the outcomes and impact created by the Startup India initiative. The report also gives insights into the incentives provided startups that can shine a light on the required information for aspiring entrepreneurs to access.

Startup India:


The Way Ahead: ‘Startup India: The Way Ahead’ lays the foundation for further expansion for the Indian startup ecosystem. It includes actionable plans which will be important catalysts for directing efforts of the stakeholders at large towards the common objective of making India a global startup hub.

How it Went

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