The States’ Startup Ranking Framework was conceived by the Government of India in 2018 under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. With its focus on India’s vision of cooperative federalism, the initiative works towards strengthening the support of States and UTs to holistically build the Indian Startup Ecosystem. The third edition of the exercise was launched in 2020 and has now been completed with the active participation of 31 States and Union Territories

After the successful completion of a rigorous evaluation process, Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles announced the results of 3rd edition of the States’ Startup Ranking 2021 on 4th July 2022 at an event held at The Ashok, New Delhi.

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Evolution Across the Years

The States’ Startup Ranking Framework is an ever-evolving tool with collaboration at its core. With learnings from previous years and consultation with States and Union Territories, three new Reform Areas were introduced to the framework:

  • Capacity Building of Enablers – This Reform Area focuses on holistic development through sensitization programs and trainings conducted for key stakeholders of the State startup ecosystem.
  • Mentorship Support – This Reform Area focuses on creating a large and accessible mentorship network within the State and the guidance provided by the State-supported mentors to the startups.
  • Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship – This Reform Area captures grassroots innovation, disruptive policies for startups, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the students.

States’ Startup Ranking 2021 Results

The results of the third exercise are a testament to the painstaking efforts taken by States to enable their startup ecosystems. Currently, most States and UTs have functioning State Startup portals with information available in local languages. Furthermore, several targeted policies and schemes have been introduced with a focus on disruptive technology, women entrepreneurs, and grassroots innovators to drive inclusive growth in the ecosystem. Additionally, State supported incubators, mentorship networks, and funding opportunities along have also expanded across the country. We are making significant progress towards realizing our Prime Minister’s vision of startups being the backbone of the Indian economy.

States’ Startup Ranking 2021

State/UT Reports can be accessed by clicking on respective maps

State Specific Reports for each of the 31 participating entities have been prepared and include a comprehensive analysis of the respective ecosystem and an overview of the strengths and priority areas for the future.

National Report

This National Report presents the overall structure including framework and methodology, evaluation process, and results of the entire exercise. The report starts with a summary of the startup ecosystem of the country and the impact of COVID 19 on it. It then dives deeper into the conceptualization of the framework and traces its evolution across the years; and subsequently the evaluation and implementation process including intensive capacity development of the states. Finally, the report highlights the results of the ranking exercise, followed by the nationwide impact created through the exercise across all seven reform areas

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Compendium of Best Practices

Compendium of Best Practices outlines initiatives adopted by various States in the following 7 Reform Areas

  • Institutional Support
  • Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Access to Market
  • Incubation Support
  • Funding Support
  • Mentorship Support
  • Capacity Development of Enablers

The compendium contains more than 30 best practices, which may be directly used by States to identify and implement newer initiatives.

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