DPIIT Recognition

Under the Startup India initiative, eligible companies can get recognised as Startups by DPIIT, in order to access a host of tax benefits, easier compliance, IPR fast-tracking & more. Learn more about eligibility and benefits below.

Get Recognised
Is Your Company A Startup?

Your company must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible for DPIIT startup recognition.


Company Age

Period of existence and operations should not be exceeding 10 years from the Date of Incorporation


Company Type

Incorporated as a Private Limited Company, a Registered Partnership Firm or a Limited Liability Partnership


Annual Turnover

Should have an annual turnover not exceeding Rs. 100 crore for any of the financial years since its Incorporation


Original Entity

Entity should not have been formed by splitting up or reconstructing an already existing business


Innovative & Scalable

Should work towards development or improvement of a product, process or service and/or have scalable business model with high potential for creation of wealth & employment

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Why Register?

DPIIT recognised startups can get the following benefits under the Startup India Initiative

1 A. Objective

To reduce the regulatory burden on Startups, thereby allowing them to focus on their core business and keep compliance costs low.


2 B. Benefits
  • Startups shall be allowed to be self-certify compliance for 6 Labour Laws and 3 Environmental Laws through a simple online procedure.
  • In the case of labour laws, no inspections will be conducted for a period of 5 years. Startups may be inspected only on receipt of credible and verifiable complaint of violation, filed in writing and approved by at least one level senior to the inspecting officer.
  • In the case of environment laws, startups which fall under the ‘white category’ (as defined by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)) would be able to self-certify compliance and only random checks would be carried out in such cases


Labour Laws:


  • The Building and Other Constructions Workers’ (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act, 1996
  • The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act, 1979
  • The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972
  • The Contract Labour (Regulation and  Abolition) Act, 1970
  • The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952   
  • The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948


Environment Laws:


  • The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
  • The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Cess (Amendment) Act, 2003
  • The Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
3 C. Eligibility

DPIIT recognised startups that are within 10 years of incorporation. To apply for DPIIT recognition, click on “Get Recognised” below.

4 D. Registration Process
  • Click here to go to the Shram Suvidha Portal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment  
  • Register at Shram Suvidha Portal and then login.
  • After successful login, click link "Is Any of your Establishment a Startup?"
  • Follow the instructions.
1 A. Objective

Innovation is the bread and butter of startups. Since patents are a way of protecting innovative new ideas that give your company a competitive edge, patenting your product or process can dramatically increase its value and the value of your company.


However, filing a patent has historically been an expensive and time consuming process which can be out of the reach of many startups.


The objective is to reduce the cost and time taken for a startup to acquire a patent, making it financially viable for them to protect their innovations and encouraging them to innovate further.

2 B. Benefits
  • Fast-tracking of Startup Patent Applications: Patent applications filed by startups shall be fast-tracked for examination so that their value can be realised sooner.
  • Panel of facilitators to assist in filing of IP applications: For effective implementation of the scheme, a panel of “facilitators” shall be empanelled by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM), who shall also regulate their conduct and functions. Facilitators will be responsible for providing general advisory on different intellectually property as well as information on protecting and promoting intellectual property in other countries.
  • Government to bear facilitation cost: Under this scheme, the Central Government shall bear the entire fees of the facilitators for any number of patents, trademarks or designs that a Startup may file, and the Startups shall bear the cost of only the statutory fees payable.
  • Rebate on filing of application: Startups shall be provided an 80% rebate in filing of patents vis-a-vis other companies. This will help them pare costs in the crucial formative years
3 C. Eligibility

The startup needs to be DPIIT recognised. To apply for DPIIT recognition, click on “Get Recognised” below.

4 D. Registration Process & Documents

You should reach out to an appropriate Facilitator - depending on your desired sector and the jurisdiction of the facilitators -  for up-to-date information about the process and required documents for a patent or trademark application.

Click here for a list of Trademark Facilitators and Patent Facilitators.


5 E. Grievance Redressal

In case of any queries or clarifications needed,Please reach out to us through contact us page.

2 B. Benefits

Eligible startups can be exempted from paying income tax for 3 consecutive financial years out of their first ten years since incorporation. Click here for the original policy notification outlining details of income tax exemptions.

3 C. Eligibility
  • The entity should be a DPIIT recognised startup
  • Only Private Limited Companies or Limited Liability Partnerships are eligible for tax exemption under Section 80IAC
  • The startup should have been incorporated after 1st April, 2016
4 D. Registration Process & Documents
Registration Process
  1. Register on the Startup India portal. Click here to register
  2. Post registration, apply for DPIIT (Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion) recognition. Click here for Recognition
  3. Access the Section 80 IAC exemption application form here
  4. Fill in all details with the below mentioned documents uploaded and submit the application form


Registration Documents

  • Memorandum of Association for Pvt. Ltd. / LLP Deed
  • Board Resolution (If Any)
  • Annual Accounts of the startup for the last three financial years
  • Income Tax returns for the last three financial years
5 E. Process After Applying

Refer to your Dashboard on the Startup India Portal for the status of your application. This can be found on the top right of the page after you log in.


In case of any queries or clarifications needed,Please reach out to us through contact us page.

2 B. Benefits
  • Exemption under Section 56(2)(VIIB) of Income Tax Act
  • Investments into eligible startups by listed companies with a net worth of more than INR 100 Crore or turnover more than INR 250 Crore shall be exempt under Section 56 (2) VIIB of Income Tax Act
  • Investments into eligible Startups by Accredited Investors, Non-Residents, AIFs (Category I), & listed companies with a net worth more than 100 crores or turnover more than INR 250 Crore, shall be exempt under Section 56(2)(VIIB) of Income Tax Act
  • Consideration of shares received by eligible startups shall be exempt upto an aggregate limit of INR 25 Crore
3 C. Eligibility
  • Should be a private limited company
  • Should be a DPIIT recognised startup. To get DPIIT recognition, click on "Get Recognised" below.
  • Not Investing in specified asset classes
  • Startup should not be investing in immovable property, transport vehicles above INR 10 Lakh, Loans and advances, capital contribution to other entities, except in the ordinary course of business


4 D. Registration Process
  1.  Register your Startup profile on the Startup India Portal. Click here to Register.
  2.  Get DPIIT Recognition. To learn more about the steps, click on "Get Recognised" below.
  3.  File the up Section 56 Exemption application form here.
  4.  You should receive an email for CBDT within 72 hours of submitting the declaration.
1 A. Objectives
  • To make it easier for Startups to shut down or wind up operations, with the objective of allowing entrepreneurs to reallocate capital and resources to more productive avenues faster.
  • To encourage entrepreneurs to experiment with new and innovative ideas, without having to face complex and long-drawn exit processes where their capital becomes interminably stuck in the event of business failure.
2 B. Benefits
  • As per the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, startups with simple debt structures, or those meeting certain income specified criteria* can be wound up within 90 days of filing an application for insolvency.
  • An insolvency professional shall be appointed for the Startup, who shall thereafter be in charge of the company (the promoters and management shall no longer run the company) including liquidation of its assets and paying its creditors within six months of such appointment.
  • Upon appointment of the insolvency professional, the liquidator shall be responsible for the swift closure of the business, sale of assets and repayment of creditors in accordance with the distribution waterfall set out in the IBC. This process will respect the concept of limited liability.

*criteria can be found here

1 A. Objective

Public procurement refers to the process by which governments and state-owned enterprises purchase goods and services from the private sector. Government organisations have significant spending power and can represent a huge market for startups.


The objective is to make it easier for startups to participate in the public procurement process and allow them to access another potential market for their products.

2 B. Benefits
  • Opportunity to list your product on Government e-Marketplace: Government e Marketplace (GeM) is an online procurement platform and the largest marketplace for Government Departments to procure products and services. DPIIT Recognized Startups can register on GeM as sellers and sell their products and services directly to Government entities. This is a great opportunity for startups to work on trial orders with the Government.
  • Exemption from Prior Experience/Turnover: In order to promote startups, the Government shall exempt Startups in the manufacturing sector from the criteria of “prior experience/ turnover” without any compromise on the stated quality standards or technical parameters. The Startups will also have to demonstrate requisite capability to execute the project as per the requirements and should have their own manufacturing facility in India. Click here to refer to the notification
  • EMD Exemption: DPIIT recognised startups have been exempted from submitting Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) or bid security while filling government tenders. Click here to refer to the notification
3 C. Eligibility

Startups need to be recognized under Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade. Click Here To Learn More

5 E. Grievance Redressal

In case of any queries or clarifications needed,Please reach out to us through contact us page.