State/UT's Startup Ranking 2019


The “State Startup Ranking 2018” ranking exercise was an extremely enriching and educating experience for all participating states. A total of 27 States and 3 Union Territories participated in the exercise. An evaluation committee comprising independent experts from the Start-up ecosystem assessed the responses across various parameters. Many parameters involved getting feedback from beneficiaries. More than 40,000 calls were made in 9 different languages to connect with beneficiaries to get a real pulse at the implementation levels. Individual officers from states and union territories were also awarded for the stellar performances in contributing towards the development of the States startup ecosystem along with the promotion of innovation.

The key objective of the exercise was to encourage States and Union Territories to take proactive steps towards strengthening the Start-up ecosystems in their states. The methodology was aimed at creating a healthy competition among States to further learn, share and adopt good practices.

The exercise showed us the impact that can be created and the value that can be added to the ecosystem when the Centre and States work together as a team. After successfully conducting the first ever States Startup Ranking in India, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade is now looking to conduct the “State Startup Ranking 2019”
As a part of State Ranking Framework 2019, DPIIT has discussed key learnings from the ranking exercise conducted in 2018 and held consultation workshops with all states.

Uttar Pradesh


With the objective of capacity building, and to further the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Indian Startup Ecosystem.
This year, the bedrock of the ranking lies with the feedback collected from the beneficiaries.
76% of the total score is based on the feedback collected.

Capture implementation ground feedback collection:

To map the degree of

awareness in the ecosystem


To map the

adoption of best practices across


To map the

regulatory framework in the state startup ecosystems


The ‘State/UT Startup Ranking Framework’ 2019 is spread across 7 areas of intervention with a total of 30 action points, as compared to the 38 action points in the Previous Year State Ranking Framework. The framework provides the guidelines to support implementation of action points along with good practices against each action point. The State Ranking Framework aims to evaluate States/UTs in a balanced and transparent manner and has thus made documentary evidence of compliance on action points by the State/UT Government a pre- requisite for collection of feedback. Scoring shall then be done on the basis of the feedback received. The consideration period (the period in which compliance on action points will be considered for the evaluation process) for the 2019 ranking exercise is made from 1st May to 30th September 2019. Under the framework, all 30 action points require submission of supporting document(s). 10 action points require feedback from only registered startups and 10 action points require feedback from only beneficiary startups, whereas 1 action point requires feedback from both components (all registered startups and beneficiary startups). 1 action point requires feedback from participatory startups and 5 action points require no feedback for assessment of the State/UT Startup initiatives.

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