Start-up India initiative consists of 19 Action Points that act as a guiding document


Start-up India initiative launched on 16thJanuary 2016, consists of 19 Action Points that act as a guiding document for the initiative. Salient features of these action points are at Annexure I.

Since its inception, 19,351 Startups across the country have been recognised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) as on 24.06.2019. The State-wise number of recognized Startups is at Annexure II.

Government of India has established Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) with corpus of Rs. 10,000 crore, to meet the funding needs of startups. DPIIT is the monitoring agency and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is the operating agency for FFS. The total corpus of Rs. 10,000 crore is envisaged to be provided over the 14th and 15th Finance Commission cycles based on progress of the scheme and availability of funds. SIDBI has committed Rs 3123.20 crore to 49 SEBI registered Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs). These funds have raised a corpus fund of INR 27,478 crore. INR 483.46 crore have been drawn from Fund of Funds for Startups. Further, the AIFs have invested a total of Rs. 1,625.73 crore into 247 startups. State/UT-wise details of funds invested by the AIFs are at Annexure III.

A total of 26 states have notified and operational startup policies. The list of States/UTs with start-up policies are provided at Annexure IV.

The details of top five States with highest number of registrations as done by DPIIT is at Annexure V.




Salient features of Startup India action plan

  1. Compliance Regime based on Self-Certification with an objective to reduce the regulatory burden on Startups thereby allowing them to focus on their core business and keep compliance cost low.
  2. Startup India Hub with an objective to create a single point of contact for the entire Startup ecosystem and enable knowledge exchange and access to funding.
  3. Rolling out of Mobile App and Portal with an objective to serve as the single platform for Startups for interacting with Government and Regulatory Institutions for all business needs and information exchange among various stakeholders.
  4. Legal Support and Fast-tracking Patent Examination at Lower Costs with an objective to promote awareness and adoption of IPRs by Startups and facilitate them in protecting and commercializing the IPRs by providing access to high quality Intellectual Property services and resources, including fast-track examination of patent applications and rebate in fees.
  5. Relaxed Norms of Public Procurement for Startupswith an objective to provide an equal platform to Startups across sectors vis-à-vis the experienced entrepreneurs/ companies in public procurement.
  6. Faster Exit for Startupswith an objective to make it easier for Startups to wind up operations.
  7. Providing Funding Support through Fund of Funds with a Corpus of RS. 10,000 crore with an objective to provide funding support for development and growth of innovation driven enterprises.
  8. Credit Guarantee fund for Startupswith objective to catalyze entrepreneurship by providing credit to innovators across all sections of society.
  9. Tax Exemptions on Capital Gains with an objective to promote investments into Startups by mobilizing the capital gains arising from sale of capital assets.
  10. Tax Exemptions to startups for 3 Years with an objective to promote the growth of Startups and address working capital requirements.
  11. Tax Exemption on Investments above Fair Market Value with an objective to encourage seed-capital investment in Startups.
  12. Organizing Startup Fests for Showcasing Innovation and Providing a Collaboration Platform with an objective to galvanize the Startup ecosystem and to provide national and international visibility to the Startup ecosystem in India.
  13. Launch of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) with an objective to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Startup businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.
  14. Harnessing Private Sector Expertise for Incubator Setup with an objective to ensure professional management of Government sponsored / funded incubators, Government will create a policy and framework for setting-up of incubators across the country in public private partnership.
  15. Building Innovation Centers at National Institutes with an objective to propel successful innovation through augmentation of incubation and R&D efforts.
  16. Setting up of 7 New Research Parks Modelled on the Research Park Setup at IIT Madras with an objective to propel successful innovation through incubation and joint R&D efforts between academia and Industry.
  17. Promoting Startups in the Biotechnology Sector with an objective to foster and facilitate bio-entrepreneurship.
  18. Launching of Innovation Focused Programs for Students with an objective to foster a culture of innovation in the field of Science and Technology amongst students.
  19. Annual Incubator Grand Challenge with an objective to support creation of successful world class incubators in India.




Number of recognized Startups under Startup India initiative (State/UT wise)


S.No. State No. of Recognized Startups
1 Maharashtra 3661
2 Karnataka 2847
3 Delhi 2552
4 Uttar Pradesh 1566
5 Telangana 1080
6 Haryana 1052
7 Tamil Nadu 1004
8 Gujarat 985
9 Kerala 849
10 West Bengal 573
11 Rajasthan 531
12 Madhya Pradesh 525
13 Odisha 343
14 Andhra Pradesh 323
15 Bihar 257
16 Chhattisgarh 249
17 Jharkhand 158
18 Uttarakhand 157
19 Punjab 142
20 Assam 137
21 Jammu and Kashmir 86
22 Goa 80
23 Chandigarh 78
24 Himachal Pradesh 39
25 Pondicherry 22
26 Manipur 14
27 Nagaland 8
28 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 6
29 Tripura 6
30 Dadra and Nagar Haveli 4
31 Meghalaya 4
32 Arunachal Pradesh 3
33 Mizoram 3
34 Orissa 3
35 Daman and Diu 2
36 Sikkim 2
Total 19351






State-wise distribution of investment made by AIFs under Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS)



State No of Startups Invested in Investment made by AIFs

(in crore)

Karnataka 75 499.85
Maharashtra 68 440.38
Delhi 46 252.94
Haryana 12 120.54
Tamil Nadu 11 113.34
West Bengal 4 48.75
Uttar Pradesh 5 47.61
Rajasthan 5 40.28
Telangana 6 28.22
Punjab 1 14.50
Kerala 8 10.87
Madhya Pradesh 4 5.10
Gujarat 1 3.14
Uttarakhand 1 0.22
Total 247 1625.73
































States/Union Territories in whichStartup policies have been formulated


  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Assam
  4. Bihar
  5. Chhattisgarh
  6. Goa
  7. Gujarat
  8. Haryana
  9. Himachal Pradesh
  10. Jammy and Kashmir
  11. Jharkhand
  12. Karnataka
  13. Kerala
  14. Madhya Pradesh
  15. Maharashtra
  16. Odisha
  17. Rajasthan
  18. Telangana
  19. Uttar Pradesh
  20. Uttarakhand
  21. West Bengal
  22. Tamil Nadu
  23. Manipur
  24. Punjab
  25. Sikkim
  26. Nagaland







Details of Top Five States in the country with highest number of recognized Startups under Startup India Initiative


S.No. State No. of Recognized Startups
1 Maharashtra 3661
2 Karnataka 2847
3 Delhi 2552
4 Uttar Pradesh 1566
5 Telangana 1080


This information was given by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, PiyushGoyal, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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