PIB | 04 Jul, 2022
Gujarat and Karnataka emerged as the Best Performers
in a category of States when it comes to on support to the Startup Ecosystems. Meghalaya won the
top honour among UTs and North-eastern (NE) States. While Kerala,
Maharashtra, Orissa and Telangana got the Top Performers award among states, Jammu & Kashmir emerged as the Top Performer among UTs and NE states.
The results of the third edition of Ranking of States on Support to Startup Ecosystems were released Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles today
at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi.
For the purposes of the Ranking, States
and Union Territories are classified into 5 Categories, viz. Best
Performers, Top Performers, Leaders, Aspiring Leaders and Emerging
Assam, Punjab, Tamil Nādu, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh were adjudged the winners in the Leaders
category among states; Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh
and Goa bagged the Leaders honour among the UTs and NE states.
Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were declared as Aspiring Leaders among the States.
and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur,
Nagaland, Puducherry and Tripura were the Aspiring Leaders from the UTs
and NE states. Andhra Pradesh and Bihar from States category and Mizoram
and Ladakh from the UTs/NE States were clubbed under the Emerging
after declaring the awards, Shri Piyush Goyal said that ONDC (Open
Network for Digital Commerce) had the power to spawn thousands of
start-ups. “The huge success that UPI has been in India, which has
democratised the payment system in India. In the next 5 year, we will
have ONDC democratize the e-commerce across India. So much so that we
will have a few thousand start-ups may be more and a few hundred
unicorns. Rather than three companies being 100 billion or one trillion
size, you will have a thousand companies each of a billion dollar. That
is what ONDC has the power to do,” the Minister said.
that Indian ecosystem could become the best in the work, Shri Goyal
suggested that States could align with neighbouring ones so as to learn
from each other. He also asked the department to get more start-ups on
the Government E-Marketplace (GeM), saying that now even the Services
had been brought under GeM.
Goyal suggested that there was a need to focus on developing start-up
ecosystem in districts with help of all the start-up related schemes by
the central and the state government. He emphasized upon the need to
onboard and register more start-ups.
He added that there was a great
opportunity to democratize the start-up ecosystem in the same way as the
Indian Premier League (IPL) democratized the cricket arena.
minister appreciated the new mentorship program and said that it would
help those with ideas to get support and help them fructify their ideas.
Anurag Jain, Secretary, DPIIT said that a number of initiatives of the
government including JAM (Jandhan, Aadhar, Mobile), Digital India,
Gatishakti, Ease of Doing Business were driving the start-up ecosystem.
“If the Start-up system has to grow further, the biggest role has to be
played by States. We can play a facilitative role,” he added.
Manoj Kohli, Member, National Start-up Advisory Council the new
coaching/mentoring programme MAARG (Mentorship, Advisory, Assistance,
Resilience and Growth) would focus on creating profitable start-ups,
improving their corporate governance, scaling up their operations,
addressing funding gaps and building their brand. This, he said would
improve their success rate.
call for mentors for MAARG portal was also announced during the event.
The portal is developed with the idea to develop a tool for start-ups in
India that can be accessed from every corner of the country to request
and connect with a mentor.
Shruti Singh, Joint Secretary, DPIIT said that the start-up ecosystem
has come a long way with States playing a big role. “Today, States have
vibrant ecosystem with 27 states having their portals in regional
languages,” she added.
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)
has been conducting the States’ Start-up Ranking Exercise since 2018 to
facilitate the ease of building a start-up and doing business across
the country. The exercise has grown in its impact over the last three
editions, with 31 participating states and union territories this
edition, the highest till date.
The State Start-up Ranking Exercise aims
to support states and union territories in developing their start-up
ecosystem and learn from the best practices in each state and union
The consideration period for the third edition of the States Startup Ranking Exercise was 1st October 2019 to 31st
July 2021. The documentary evidence submitted was evaluated over a
The evaluation committee across 14 meetings assessed
each document and was composed of representatives from 19 government
departments and 29 non-government startup ecosystem stakeholders, for
fair and transparent evaluation.
The participants were evaluated across 7 broad Reform Areas consisting of 26 Action Points ranging from Institutional
Support, Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Access to Market,
Incubation support, Funding Support, Mentorship Support to Capacity
Building of Enablers.
The exercise plays a crucial role in easing the business environment for start-ups in the country.
States Startup Ranking 2021 highlighted the support being extended by
over 30 states and union territories through startup policies to the
ecosystem. There were only 4 states with startup policies prior to 2016.
The state startup teams have been extending support across mentorship,
incubation and funding. Moreover, feedback was gathered from more than 7,000 beneficiaries through surveys made in 13 different languages to grasp the real situation at the execution level.
States and Union Territories have been placed alphabetically within
each category. Additionally, in each reform area, the states who are
recognized as Leaders for their exceptional work in the particular
reform area are also shared.
The felicitation ceremony was accompanied by the release of the National Report
which highlights the vision, framework, evolution across the years,
methodology and implementation, and the way ahead for the States`
A State Specific Report for each of
the 31 participating States and Union Territories has also been
released, containing an extensive analysis of respective ecosystem,
which highlights strengths and priority areas for future.