States’ Startup Ranking 2021


The first two editions of the Ranking Framework successfully provided insight into the scale and scope of State-driven initiatives and enabled mutual learning amongst ecosystem stakeholders. Startup Ranking Framework 2019 was formulated as a result of key learnings from the first edition and numerous good practices identified.

States’ Startup Ranking Framework 2020 is an evolved evaluation tool aimed to strengthen the support of States and UTs to holistically build their startup ecosystems. Startup Ranking Framework 2020 has been developed as a more robust and outcome-oriented exercise and aims to achieve large scale progress across each State and UT.

The distinguishing factor in this year’s Ranking framework is that categories are developed on the basis of population of States. The categorization aims to:

  • Bring uniformity in the evaluation process and
  • Bring all the States/UTs on a level-playing field

Furthermore, owing to learnings in previous editions, new reform areas have been identified which are aimed at capacity building, connecting mentors to startups as well as promoting comprehensive entrepreneurial growth.

The 2020 Ranking Framework spans across seven reform areas imperative for the growth of a startup ecosystem: Institutional Support, Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Access to Market, Incubation Support, Funding Support, Mentorship Support and Capacity Building of Enablers. With a total of 26 Action Points, a combination of absolute, relative and feedback-based scoring is mapped to arrive at a holistic picture of the State/UTs support to their respective startup ecosystem.

During the course of the States’ Startup Ranking Exercise 2020, Startup India, DPIIT will undertake a nationwide Capacity Development Program with the objective of sensitising key officials and other stakeholders with respect to the Indian startup ecosystem. These workshops will showcase good practices on an array of subjects across States/UTs to propel the creation of a prospering national startup ecosystem. These workshops will also be a platform to discuss aspects of Startup Ranking Framework 2020.

Further, to provide a fair and transparent evaluation, Committees are constituted comprising of independent experts from startup ecosystem (both private and government stakeholders covered).


Key objectives of the States’ Startup Ranking include identifying good practices, augmenting mutual learning, building capacity of key stakeholders across the Indian startup landscape and propelling States to advance ecosystems within their jurisdictions.

Capture implementation ground feedback collection:


The States’ Startup Ranking Framework 2020 is spread across 7 areas of intervention with a total of 26 action points, as compared to the 30 action points in the previous State Ranking Framework. The framework provides guidelines to support implementation of action points along with good practices and evaluation metrics. The consideration period (the period in which compliance and progress on action points will be considered for the evaluation process) for the States’ Startup Ranking Exercise is made from 1 st October 2019 to 31 st July 2021. In this edition, the timelines have been created keeping in mind the impact of COVID-19 and thus provides a longer span of time to evaluate the efforts of States.

Under the framework, all 26 Action Points require submission of supporting document(s). Of these 26, 8 Action Points rely on feedback from beneficiaries. The scoring criteria for the 2020 Ranking Exercise has been meticulously designed and highlight 4 distinct methods.