Conditions for Startup Scheme by Government of India

It must be an entity registered/ incorporated as a:

  1. Private Limited company under the Companies Act, 2013, or; Registered partnership firm under the Indian partnership Act, 1932 or Limited Liability Partnership under the LLP Act, 2008.
  1.  5 Years must not have elapsed from the date of Incorporation/registration.
  1. Annual Turnover (as defined in the Companies Act, 2013) in any preceding financial year must not exceed Rs. 25 Crores.
  1. Startup must be working towards innovation, development, deployment or commercialization of new products, processes or services driven by technologies or intellectual property.
  1. The startup must aim to develop and commercialize A new product or service or process: or A significantly improved existing product or service or process that will create or add value for customers or workflow.
  2. Startup must not merely be engaged in: Developing products or services or processes which do not have potential for commercialization, or; Undifferentiated products or services or processes, or;  Products or services or processes with no or limited incremental value for customers or workflow
  1. The startup must not be formed by splitting up or reconstruction of a business already in existence.
  1. The startup has obtained certification from the Inter ministerial Board set up by DIPP to validate the innovative nature of the business and, Be supported by a recommendation (with regard to innovative nature of business in a format specified by DIPP, from an incubator established in a post graduate college in India or; Be supported by an incubator which is funded (in relation to the project) from GOL as part of any specified scheme to promote innovation, or; Be supported by a recommendation (with regard to innovative nature of business) in a format specified by DIPP, from an incubator recognized by GOL, or; Be funded by an incubation fund / angel fund/ private equity fund/Accelerator/ Angel Network duly registered with SEBI* that endorses innovative nature of the business, or; Be funded by GOL as part of any specified Scheme to promote innovation, or; Have a patent granted by the Indian Patent and Trademark office in areas affiliated with the nature of business be promoted.

*DIPP may publish a ‘negative’ list of funds which are not eligible for this initiative.



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