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98,911 No of entities recognised by Govt as startups

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has recognized 98,911 entities under the Startup India initiative since its launch on January 16, 2016.

The primary goal behind this initiative is to create a robust ecosystem that fosters innovation, encourages entrepreneurship, and attracts private investments in the startup sector, thereby driving sustainable economic growth and generating employment opportunities on a large scale.

Recognizing Startups under Startup India Initiative

  • Entities that meet the eligibility conditions, as per the notification dated February 19, 2019, were recognized as ‘startups’ under the Startup India initiative by the DPIIT.
  • This recognition provides them with various benefits, including tax exemptions, access to funding opportunities, and easier compliance procedures.
  • By facilitating an environment conducive to startups, the government aims to propel the growth of these innovative ventures and support them in their early stages.

Below is a table presenting the number of entities recognized as startups by DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) as of the year 2023:

Year Number of Recognized Startups
2018 8,635
2019 11,279
2020 14,498
2021 20,046
2022 26,542
2023 17,911

Challenges in Measuring Startup Success

Unlike traditional businesses, measuring the success or failure of startups is a complex task. Regular businesses are often evaluated based on their performance over a specific number of years of operation. However, startups and scale-ups, which are established startups, operate differently. They undergo various stages of growth, and their success or failure is more accurately measured in different phases of their development.

The Startup India initiative

The Startup India initiative aims to build a strong ecosystem that supports and nurtures innovation. The initiative provides startups with access to mentorship, networking opportunities, and incubation facilities to help them refine their business models and strategies. The government has also facilitated access to funding through various channels, including venture capital, angel investors, and government-funded schemes. By fostering innovation, the initiative aims to propel India to the forefront of global innovation hubs.

Key takeaways for competitive examinations

  • Minister of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade: Piyush Goyal

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