The Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Choudhary has called upon state governments to play a larger role in “facilitating” startups.
“States need to play larger role in facilitating and encouraging startups, which would determine the ultimate success of startup initiative,” Choudhary said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the second ‘States Startup Conference’, the minister urged, “All need to ensure that the benefits of Startup India programme should percolate down to entrepreneurs in tier-II, III cities.”
DIPP secretary Ramesh Abhishek stressed on the need for “positive” steps to support budding entrepreneurs of the country. He highlighted what he described as the game-changing initiatives such as Startup India Hub and Learning & Development programme launched by DIPP for the benefit of budding entrepreneurs.
60 enablers comprising Venture Capitalists (VCs), incubators, accelerators, banks, and over 100 startups from all over the country participated in the conference, according to the Union Commerce & Industry Ministry.
At the conference, several states showcased their key initiatives to promote startups. Odisha showcased various tools developed to equip startups, including a comprehensive portal, helpline and various learning & development initiatives. Tamil Nadu presented the extensive network of innovation centres which have been developed on a hub and spoke model across colleges in the state. Jharkhand showcased its bottom-up approach of fostering innovation by reaching out to schools to nurture a culture of innovation through a ‘germinator.’
Other states such as Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Bihar, Kerala, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh also made presentations showcasing their efforts in supporting startups.