List of Government Schemes to Support Startups in India

Ashwini Ashwini Anik Banerjee Anik Banerjee
Jul 4, 2022 24 min read
List of Government Schemes to Support Startups in India

India is gradually on its mission to build a robust startup ecosystem. In order to promote and support entrepreneurs, the government has created a ministry (department) dedicated to helping new businesses. Furthermore, the Central Government of India has also introduced many schemes to bolster entrepreneurship in India and to assist emerging startups financially.

โ€œTake up one idea. Make that one idea your life, think of it, dream of it, live on that idea, let the brain, muscles, nerve, every part of your body be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.โ€
- Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Here is a list of government schemes launched to develop and encourage entrepreneurship in India.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge
Startup India Seed Fund
Startup India Initiative
Startup Leadership Program
Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)
Qualcomm Semiconductor Mentorship Program (QSMP)
Digital India Bhashini
Digital India GENESIS
India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Startup Challenge
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
ATAL Innovation Mission
eBiz Portal
Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF)
Support for International Patent Protection in Electronics & Information Technology (SIP-EIT)
Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS)
Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Entreprises (CGTMSE)
Software Technology Park (STP) Scheme
The Venture Capital Assistance Scheme (VCA)
Loan For Rooftop Solar Pv Power Projects
NewGen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (NewGen IEDC)
Single Point Registration Scheme
Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS)
Stand Up India Scheme
High Risk - High Reward Research
IREDA-NCEF Refinance Scheme
Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme
Drone Shakti
Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Certification Scheme
Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM)
Credit Linked Capital Subsidy for Technology Upgradation (CLCSS)
Design Clinic Scheme for Design Expertise

Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge

The 4th of July 2020 has been quite a historic day for the Indian startups and the gear that the startups of India have got after that day because it is on the same day that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has announced the launch of the "Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge". With this launch, PM Modi urged the startups of India to come together and develop โ€˜Made in Indiaโ€™ applications that will facilitate not only the people of India but the whole world. In his tweet, PM urged all the tech and startup community to come forward and develop world-class mobile applications under the challenge.

The challenge was launched under the Digital India mission by the collaboration of The Ministry of Electronics And IT with The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) which is an endeavour of Niti Aayog.

In a second tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged everyone with such a working product or ideas and vision to create one to come forward and take part in the challenge. He also gave a tagline for this challenge, "Let us Code for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat".

It was then only a few days since the Government of India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications such as TikTok, ShareIt, Xender, etc. from the Indian market. And the Government of India has already started to make India Aatmanirbhar in terms of world-class mobile applications.

"Today, when the entire nation is working towards creating an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, it is a good opportunity to give direction to their efforts, momentum to their hard work and mentorship to their talent to evolve Apps which can satisfy our market as well as compete with the world.", wrote PM Narendra Modi on his LinkedIn post.

The innovation challenge was launched in 8 different categories. Below listed are the categories and the apps that won them on the first instalment of the challenge:

  1. Office Productivity and Work From Home - Zoho Cliq & Workplace
  2. Social Networking - Chingari
  3. News - Logically
  4. Games - HitWicket Superstars
  5. E-Learning- Hello English: Learn English
  6. Health and Wellness - StepSetGo
  7. Entertainment - CaptionPlus
  8. Business (including Agritech and Fintech) - Zoho

All the winners of the app innovation challenge received Rs 20 lakhs, while the companies/apps in the second and third positions got Rs 15 lakhs and Rs 10 lakhs each.


Ashwini Vaishnaw, who was then a newly appointed Minister of Electronics Information and Technology (MeitY) launched the SAMRIDH scheme, which stands for Startup Accelerators of MeitY for Product Innovation, Development, and growth, on August 25, 2021, after a little over a week of his announcement that the government will support the startups in the initial stages.

The SAMRIDH initiative is designed to provide funding support to startups along with helping them bring skill sets together which will help them grow successful. The newly launched SAMRIDH program aims to focus on the acceleration of around 300 start-ups by extending them with customer connect, investor, connect, and other opportunities for international expansion in the upcoming three years that will follow.

Startup India Seed Fund

On 16 January 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of the 'Startup India Seed Fund' โ€” worth INR 1,000 crores โ€” to help startups and support ideas from aspiring entrepreneurs. PM Modi said that the government is taking important measures to ensure that startups in India do not face any capital shortage.

The reserved fund for the Startup India Seed Fund initiative, as per the Union Budget of 2022 is Rs 283.5 crore, which is higher than the revised estimate of around Rs 100 crore for the year 2021-22.

Startup India Initiative

Startupindia initiative government scheme
Startup India Initiative | Government Schemes for Startup Companies in India

The Prime Minister of India launched the Startup India Initiative in the year 2016 on 16th January. The idea is to increase wealth and employability by giving wings to entrepreneurial spirits. The government gives tax benefits to startups under this scheme and around 50,000 startups have been recognized via this scheme in a period of a little more than five years, as of June 3, 2021. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is maintaining this initiative and is treating it as a long-term project. Moreover, the overall age limit for startups has been increased from two years to seven years. Plus, for biotechnology firms, the age limit is ten years from the date of incorporation. It is one of the best government-sponsored startup schemes for entrepreneurs as it provides several concessions.

Startup Leadership Program

Startup Leadership Program
Startup Leadership Program

The Startup Leadership Program, as the name indicates, is built to empower outstanding founders and innovators. Launched in 2016 in India, SLP is designed as a "highly selective 6-month world-class training program and lifetime network". This startup initiative first began in Boston in 2006, and has spread its wings in over 14 countries and 28+ cities, and has helped 2000+ startups, influenced 3600+ entrepreneurs, and has raised around $2.4 bn+ in funds to date.


ASPIRE scheme innovation entrepreneurship INDIA
Aspire | Small Business Ideas for Rural Areas in India

The government has made continuous efforts to improve the social and economic aspects of life in rural areas of India and one of the most popular schemes that the Indian government has sanctioned in this regard is ASPIRE. A Scheme for Promotion of Innovation, Rural Industries and Entrepreneurship (ASPIRE) is a Government of India initiative, promoted by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

The mentioned scheme was launched in 2015 to offer proper knowledge to the entrepreneurs to start with their business and emerge as employers. Since 56% of the Indian population lives in rural areas, the government has promoted entrepreneurship and innovation in the rural sector with this scheme. The ASPIRE scheme aims at increasing employment, reducing poverty, and encouraging innovation in rural India. However, the main idea is to promote the agro-business industry. The Ministry of Medium and Small Enterprises has tried to boost economic development at the grassroots level. The total budget of the scheme initially was INR 62.5 crores for the period of 2014-2016.

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Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)

Mudra Yojana Government Funding scheme
Mudra Bank | Government Funding Schemes for Startups in India

Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) banks have been created to enhance credit facilities and boost the growth of small businesses in rural areas. The government has introduced this scheme to support small businesses in India. In 2015, the government allocated INR 10,000 crores to promote startup culture in the country. The MUDRA banks provide startup loans of up to INR 10 lakhs to small enterprises, and businesses, which are non-corporate, and non-farm small/micro-enterprises. MUDRA comes under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) which was launched on 8 April 2015. The loans have been categorized as Tarun, Kishore, and Shishu. The assets are created through the bankโ€™s finance and there is no collateral security.


Chunauti - A government of India initiative
Chunauti - A government of India initiative

Chunauti, the pandemic-influenced scheme, is a government of India initiative named CHUNAUTI'(Challenge Hunt Under NGIS for Advanced Uninhibited Technology Intervention), to invite Startups to develop solutions for problems amid pandemic. Launched in August 2020, Chunauti is a start-up challenge initiative under the Next Generation Incubation Scheme (NGIS).

Who can Apply?

  • The challenge invites proposals/applications from Indian startups, who are working in domains related to software product development.
  • Startups registered with DPIIT under the start-up India programme are encouraged to participate in this programme.
  • Individual Academicians, Researchers, Educators, Entrepreneurs, partnership firms, and LLPsmay also participates, however, if they are selected, then they will have to register as a private limited company in stipulated time (preferably within 3 months).
โ€œI urge the young, talented innovators of India to come forward and avail benefits of โ€˜Chunautiโ€™ challenge of government and create new software products and app. This launch is a bold initiative under the clarion call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat given by Prime Minister Narendra Modiโ€, said IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Key Domains:

Participants in the challenge will be encouraged to develop products and technologies in five key domains

  • Edu-Tech, Agri-Tech & Fin-Tech Solutions for masses
  • Supply Chain, logistics and Transportation Management
  • Infrastructure & remote monitoring
  • Medical Healthcare, Diagnostic, Preventive & Psychological Care
  • Jobs & Skilling, Linguistic tools & technologies

Budget of the Programme

The government has chosen a budget of over INR 95 crores over a period of 3 years for this program. This programme aims to identify around 300 startups working in identified areas.

Financial Incentives/Funding Support:

The startups selected through the challenge would be provided incubation support, mentorship, all relevant facilities, as well as funding support such as cloud credits from leading third-party service providers, seed funding of up to INR 25 lakhs, as well as INR 10,000 in monthly monetary support to each intern (startup in pre-incubation) for a period of six months to help them evolve their business plan and solution around the proposed idea.

Timelines & Duration:

  • Application submissionโ€“ Start Date- 10th August 2020
  • Application submissionโ€“ End Date- 07th September 2020
  • Evaluation of Application- 21st September 2020
  • Announcement of the result- 28th September 2020

With the objective to build a strong Eco-system for nurturing innovation and Startups in the country, these initiatives are introduced. The government is also taking steps to reduce the hurdles in the path of the startups. India seems to be going towards the era of entrepreneurship, as India ranks 63 in ease of doing business around the world.

Qualcomm Semiconductor Mentorship Program (QSMP)

Qualcomm, the mobile chipset manufacturing giant has partnered with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to conduct the Qualcomm Semiconductor Mentorship Program (QSMP) 2022 for startups that are working in the Indian semiconductor space. C-DAC is the research and development organisation of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

Qualcomm partners with MeitY
Qualcomm partners with MeitY

Qualcomm India is planning to provide mentorship, technical training, and industry outreach opportunities to the Indian startups that hail from the semiconductor space with this program. As per the news dated April 30, 2022, Qualcomm India will shortlist around 10 Indian startups for QSMP 2022. Each of these startups will be paired with a Qualcomm India leader for mentorship on product planning and development.

Digital India Bhashini

Digital India Bhashini Scheme - Government Scheme of India
Digital India Bhashini Scheme - Government Scheme of India

Digital India Bhashini was an initiative that PM Narendra Modi announced along with a slew of other initiatives like Digital India GENESIS and, to boost the Indian startups, as he inaugurated the Digital India week 2022 in Gandhinagar on July 4, 2022. The Digital India Bhashini scheme aims to help the Indians with easy access to the internet and digital services in vernacular languages. ย 

Digital India GENESIS

Digital India GENESIS is another scheme that Modi launched on July 4, 2022. The "GENESIS" in the scheme implies "Gen-next Support for Innovative Startups". This is a government of India scheme that is launched to empower the national deep-tech startups. The total budget of this programme and the Digital India Bhashini is disclosed, which is around Rs 750 crore.

India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Startup Challenge

India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Startup Challenge
India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Startup Challenge

The government of India launched a startup challenge on March 12, 2022, which was announced by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, where selected startups of India will get a grant of Rs 20 lakhs along with support and mentorship from the Ministry Of Housing And Urban Affairs, whose brainchild is this startup challenge, which aims to empower as many as 100 startups in the water sector.

While announcing the water startup initiative at an event in New Delhi, under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) 2.0, Minister Puri declared that this initiative the water sector startups and lead them towards growth "through innovation and design that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate employment opportunities."

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship logo
Government Support for Startups & Entrepreneurs in India

The task of promoting entrepreneurship was earlier given to different departments and government agencies. In 2014, the Prime Minister decided to dedicate an entire ministry to building this sector as he felt that skill development required greater push from the government's side. Furthermore, the idea is to reach 500 million people by the year 2022 through gap-funding and skill development initiatives.

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ATAL Innovation Mission

Atal Innovation Mission lolo
Atal Innovation Mission | Initiatives for Entrepreneurship development

In the budget session of 2015, the Indian government announced the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM); the name coming from Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India. Atal Innovation Mission was established to create a promotional platform involving academicians and draw upon national and international experiences to foster a culture of innovation, research, and development. The government allocated AIM around INR 150 crores in the year 2015.

eBiz Portal

India eBiz Portal G2B
eBiz Portal | Government Schemes for Startup Projects in India

eBiz was the first electronic government-to-business(G2B) portal, which was founded in January 2013. The main purpose of the portal was to transform and develop a conducive business environment in the country. eBiz Portal was developed by Infosys in a public-private partnership model. It was designed as a communication centre for investors and business communities in India. The portal had launched 29+ services in over 5 states of India, viz., Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu. The government also announced that it will add more services to the scheme with time. However, after rounds of talks about the shutting down of the eBiz initiative since July 2018, it was finally shut down on account of low service integration. The government is again planning to revive eBiz-like portals, according to the 2020 updates.

Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF)

DIDF processing plant
DIDF | Startup India Initiative

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is an apex development bank in India. The Government of India announced the creation of the Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund under NABARD in the Union Budget of 2017-18 for the sustained benefit of farmers. The total corpus for this fund is INR 8000 crores over a period of 3 years (i.e. 2017-18 to 2019-20)

Milk Unions, multi-state milk cooperatives, state dairy federations, milk-producing companies, and NDDB subsidiaries meeting the eligibility criteria under the project can borrow loans from NABARD. The loan component would be 80% (maximum rate) with the end borrower's contribution at 20 % (minimum rate). Borrowers shall get the loan at an interest rate of 6.5% per annum. The period of repayment will be 10 years. The respective state government will be the guarantor of loan repayment. Moreover, if the borrower is not able to contribute his or her share in the scheme, the state government shall step in.

The departments that come under the agriculture ministry were allocated a total of Rs 1.31 lakh crore in the 2021 Budget, which has been increased to Rs 1.32 lakh crore in the Union Budget of 2022. A fund consisting of blended capital that will be raised under the co-investment model will be facilitated via NABARD, which will finance the agritech startups and rural enterprises that are relevant to farming. The Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman further added that the use of โ€˜Kisan dronesโ€™ will see a new encouragement to facilitate effective crop assessment, digitization of land records, and the spraying of insecticides and nutrients.

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Support for International Patent Protection in Electronics & Information Technology (SIP-EIT)

SIP-EIT Support for International Patent Protection
SIP-EIT | Startup Schemes in India

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeiTY) has launched a scheme entitled โ€œSupport for International Patent Protection in E&IT (SIP-EIT)โ€. This scheme provides financial support to MSMEs and Technology Startups for international patent filing.

Features and benefits of the SIP-EIT scheme are:

  • Financial support is provided for international filing in the Information Communication Technologies and Electronics sector.
  • The Reimbursement limit has been set at a maximum of INR 15 lakhs per invention or 50% of the total charges incurred in filing and processing a patent application, whichever is lesser.
  • The SEP-EIT scheme can be applied at any stage of international patent filing by the applicant.

Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS)

MGS Multiplier Grants Scheme India
MGS | Government Grants for Startups in India

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) started the Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS). This scheme aims to encourage collaborative Research & Development (R&D) between industry and academics/institutions for the development of products and packages. Under the scheme, if the industry supports the R&D of products that can be commercialized at the institutional level, the government shall provide financial support which will be up to twice the amount provided by the industry. MGS promotes and expedites the development of aboriginal products and packages. The government grants would be limited to a maximum amount of INR 2 crores per project and the duration of each project could considerably be less than 2 years. It would be INR 4 crores and 3 years for industry associations.

Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Entreprises (CGTMSE)

The Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE ) was set up by the government of India and had been put into effect from 1st January 2000 onwards to provide business loans to micro-level businesses, small-scale industries, and startups with zero collateral. It allows businesses to avail of loans at highly subsidized interest rates without requiring security. By working along with SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India), the government provides a maximum amount of up to INR 100 lakhs under this scheme for boosting new enterprises as well as rehabilitating the existing ones. Primarily meant for manufacturing units, this loan can be availed in the form of working capital or a term loan.

Software Technology Park (STP)

The Software Technology Park (STP) scheme is a totally export-oriented scheme for the development and export of computer software. This includes the export of professional services using communication links or media.

The scheme is unique in its nature as it focuses on only one sector, i.e., computer software. The scheme integrates the government concept of "100% Export Oriented Units" (EOU), "Export Processing Zones" (EPZ), and the concept of Science Parks or Technology Parks operating elsewhere in the world. The sales in the Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) shall be permissible for up to 50% of the export in value terms. STP gives total depreciation on capital goods over a period of five years.

The Venture Capital Assistance Scheme (VCA)

Small Farmerโ€™s Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) has launched the Venture Capital Assistance (VCA) scheme for the welfare of farmer-entrepreneurs and to develop their agri-business. The scheme is approved by the banks and financial institutions regulated by the RBI. It intends to provide assistance in the form of term loans to farmers so that the latter can meet the capital requirements for their project's implementation. VCA promotes the training and nurturing of agri-entrepreneurs.

The quantum of the loan will be 26% (40% for hilly regions) of the promoterโ€™s equity. The maximum amount of loan provided under this scheme will be INR 50 lakhs.

Loan For Rooftop Solar Pv Power Projects

Rooftop Solar Panels
Loan for Rooftop Solar Projects | Government Support for Entrepreneurs in India

To build reliance on non-conventional sources of power, the government of India has decided to set up 40,000 MWp of Grid-Interactive Rooftop Solar PV Plants in the next five years. These rooftop solar PV plants will be set up in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors in the country and shall range from 1 kWp to 500 kWp in terms of capacity. Such rooftop plants are economically viable since they can produce electricity using solar energy at about INR 7 per kWh without any subsidy. The government also provides a subsidy of 15% on these plants to the associations or individual companies, making the scheme even more lucrative.

NewGen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (NewGen IEDC)

NewGen IEDC is an initiative launched by the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The initiative aims to inculcate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among the Indian youth. It also endeavours to support and encourage entrepreneurship through guidance, mentorship, and support.

NewGen IEDC is a five-year programme that would be implemented in educational institutions. It will support up to 20 new projects.

Single Point Registration Scheme (SPRS)

NSIC Single Point Registration logo
SRPS | Indian Government Schemes for Startup Business

The Single Point Registration Scheme (SPRS) was launched in 2003. It is managed by the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC). NSIC registers all Micro & Small Enterprises (MSEs) in India under the Single Point Registration Scheme to enable them to participate in government purchases.

Enterprises are classified as Micro, Small, or Medium based on the limit of investment. Eligible MSME units are provided with a Udyog Aadhar registration certificate. All central ministries, departments, and PSUs shall set an annual goal of a minimum of 20% of the total annual purchases of products produced or rendered by MSMEs. About 358 items are reserved for exclusive purchase from MSMEs.

Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS)

The government of India has approved a special incentive package to promote large-scale manufacturing in the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector. The scheme is called the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS).

Under M-SIPS, the Indian government will provide a subsidy of 20% on capital investments in special economic zones (SEZs) and 25% on capital investments in non-SEZs for individual companies. It also provides the reimbursement of CVD/excise on capital equipment for non-SEZ units. Reimbursement of central taxes and duties is also provided for high technology and high capital investment units.

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Stand Up India Scheme

Stand-Up India for Financing SC/ST and/or Women Entrepreneurs

Stand-Up India is a notable government of India scheme for financing SC/ST and/or women entrepreneurs. According to the scheme, bank loans between 10 lakhs to 1 crore can be borrowed by at least one Scheduled Cast (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST) borrower and at least one woman per bank brand to set up a greenfield enterprise. The greenfield enterprise may be based out of manufacturing, services or the trading sector. In the case of non-individual enterprises, it is mandatory that an SC/ST or a woman entrepreneur holds at least 51% of the shareholding and controlling stakes.

ExtraMural Research Funding Scheme

ExtraMural Research or Core Research Grant

The government of India launched the famous Extramural Research (EMR) funding scheme via SERB to help academic institutions, research laboratories, and other R&D organizations carry out their basic research in all frontier areas of Science and Engineering. Founded just after the establishment of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), this scheme is one of the oldest on the list and still quite a relevant one even after more than four decades of its existence.

This scheme encourages emerging and eminent scientists in the field of science and engineering for an individual-centric competitive mode of research funding. Only the name Extramural Research (EMR) has now been renamed to Core Research Grant (CRG) because the scheme provides core research support to active researchers.

High Risk - High Reward Research

The High Risk and High Reward Research is a scheme launched by the Indian government to support and invite new proposals and ideas that have the potential to usher a paradigm-shifting influence on the Science and Technology domains. This funding focuses on the new proposals, which might be conceptually new and risky but are expected to have a paradigm-shifting influence on the S&T, in terms of formulating new hypotheses or scientific breakthroughs, which might help in the emergence of new technologies.

IREDA-NCEF Refinance Scheme

The revival of the operations of existing biomass power and other small hydropower projects, which were affected due to unforeseen circumstances, is essential, which is why the government of India decided upon the Refinance Scheme in collaboration with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) and The National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF).

The scheme aims to revive the operations of the existing biomass power and small hydropower projects by cutting down the cost of funds for these projects and providing refinance at concessional rates of interest, with funds sourced from the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF).

Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme

The Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) is a scheme implemented by the Department of Animal Husbandry, dairying, and fisheries to generate self-employment opportunities in the dairy sector. These opportunities in the mentioned sector will comprise activities like the enhancement of milk production, procurement, preservation, transportation, processing, and marketing of milk by providing back-ended capital subsidies for bankable projects.

The scheme has been implemented by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Drone Shakti

The government of India launched Drone Shakti, as voiced by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, 2022. This new initiative is designed to motivate startups to introduce diverse applications for drones, including drones-as-a-service (DaaS). Furthermore, the finance minister also stated that the government would encourage the use of drones by farmers. Sitharaman focused on the farmers' use of these drones to survey the lands and spray insecticides along with digitising land records. Besides, the government also asserted to stand in full support of the drone technology startup in India. It recently flagged off 100 Kisan Drones in diverse parts of the country to spray pesticides and more. In order to promote made-in-India drones, the government of India banned the import of drones with immediate effect. This however exempts the import of drones for research and development, defence, and security purposes, as per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).

The drone manufacturing industry, as estimated by MoCA, is expected to receive an investment of over Rs 5,000 crore over the next 3 years, which will include drones and drone components. The annual turnover of the sales of the drone manufacturing industry, which was valued at Rs 60 crore during FY 2020-21, will shoot over to Rs 900 crore during FY 2023-24.

Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Certification Scheme

The Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) scheme has been launched by the government of India with a vision of creating proper awareness about ZED manufacturing among the MSMEs and motivating them the assessment of their enterprise for ZED and supporting them. ZED can be summed up as an integrated and holistic certification and handholding scheme that extends an opportunity to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to strive to continuously improve their processes and move up the ZED maturity assessment model.

Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM)

The Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) is a government initiative that was launched by the Government of India in 2014-2015, aiming to increase the reach of farm mechanisation, especially to the small and marginal farmers and in other such areas where the availability of farm power is low. According to the recent updates, as per the reports dated April 2, 2022, the Indian government has announced that it would extend the financial assistance of the full cost of the drones (100%) together with the contingent expenditure under SMAM.

This has already been extended to the Institutions of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) for its demonstration on the farmerโ€™s fields, as per the statement of Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in the Rajya Sabha went on April 1, 2022.

Credit Linked Capital Subsidy for Technology Upgradation (CLCSS)

Credit Linked Capital Subsidy for Technology Upgradation, which is popularly known as the acronym, CLCSS, is a government of India scheme to upgrade technology. Under CLCSS the Indian government provides cash for the Indian companies upfront to upgrade/modernize their equipment or techniques. This scheme mainly empowers Micro and Small Scale Enterprises (MSMEs). ย  ย  ย  ย 

Design Clinic Scheme for Design Expertise

The Design Clinic Scheme for Design Expertise is a scheme declared by the Indian government to support the MSME manufacturing sector of India. As the government deems that design and innovation are critical to the growth of a brand and feels that the MSMEs should develop a design-centric approach to fuel their startups, it aims to infuse design expertise in them. Under this scheme, the government of India announced to extend around Rs 60,000 for attending design seminars and up to Rs 3.75 lakhs or 75% of the cost that would be needed in conducting the seminar, where the entrepreneurs and their teams can learn about design theories, interact with design veterans, build a network, and put them into practice. ย  ย  ย  ย 


The government is not only promoting these schemes to help the present group of startups benefit from them but also motivating the budding entrepreneurs, startups, and students from all domains, who tend to be independent and lead the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat forward. These initiatives have been introduced for the development of the Indian startup ecosystem. The country now seems to be heading towards the golden era of entrepreneurship, where if things go as planned, India may host as many successful startups as the USA or any other leading nation by 2030.

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What are the prominent Indian government investment schemes for the startups of the country?

Some of the popular government investment schemes that are benefitting the startup ecosystem of India are:

  • SAMRIDH Scheme
  • Startup India Seed Fund
  • Startup India Initiative
  • Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)
  • India Water Pitch-Pilot-Scale Startup Challenge
  • Chunauti
  • Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • ATAL Innovation Mission
  • eBiz Portal
  • Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF)
  • Support for International Patent Protection in Electronics & Information
  • Technology (SIP-EIT)
  • Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS)
  • Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Entreprises (CGTMSE)
  • Software Technology Park (STP) Scheme
  • The Venture Capital Assistance Scheme (VCA)
  • Loan For Rooftop Solar Pv Power Projects
  • NewGen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (NewGen IEDC)
  • Single Point Registration Scheme
  • Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS)
  • Stand Up India Scheme
  • High Risk - High Reward Research
  • IREDA-NCEF Refinance Scheme
  • Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme
  • Drone Shakti
  • Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) Certification Scheme
  • Credit Linked Capital Subsidy for Technology Upgradation (CLCSS)
  • Design Clinic Scheme for Design Expertise

What is the role of startups in Indian economy?

Businesses help a country grow and startups can also be defined as businesses in their very nascent stages. Therefore, if a country nourishes its startup businesses, then they are bound to boost the economy of the whole country only if they are successful. These startups, after considerable growth, will not only help their founders and those associated with the company acquire wealth, but also help the company get a financial boost and drive other businesses, and entrepreneurs to be towards success.

How to start a startup?

If you are a business professional or an individual with dreams of starting up your business and are looking for ideas regarding "how to start a startup?", then here are some basic things you need to focus on:

  • Stick with a powerful startup idea
  • Gather like-minded people who are experts in their relevant domains
  • Put every relevant idea and draw up a foolproof business plan
  • Make a revenue model
  • Start gathering funds
  • Consult legal advice
  • Choose a location to set up your headquarters
  • Chalk out a marketing plan
  • Grow your customer base
  • Grow digitally
  • Ensure that your business plans are scalable
  • Do not discard any unique ideas to pivot

How to protect tech based startup?

Protecting a tech-based startup today is essential as it is important to protect any other startups because losing out on a startup opportunity is simply something that no one wants. ย So, here is a list of ideas that will help you secure your tech-based startup:

  • Always stay updated
  • Make scalable plans for future expansion
  • Ensure online security from cybersecurity risks
  • Do not share your trade secrets with others
  • Ensure reliable office personnel surround you
  • Stay connected with a risk management team
  • Keep pace with your rivals and competitors
  • Do not share the ownership of your IP or your company
  • Hire smart and effective individuals only ย 

What are some MSME schemes for entrepreneurs in India?

Some of the major MSME schemes for entrepreneurs in India include:

  • Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana
  • Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro & Small Enterprises (CGTSME)
  • Financial Support to MSMEs in ZED Certification Scheme
  • Credit Linked Capital Subsidy for Technology Upgradation (CLCSS)
  • Design Clinic for Design Expertise to MSMEs
  • Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum
  • Grievance Monitoring System
  • Support for International Patent Protection in E&IT (SIP-EIT)
  • Single Point Registration Scheme (SPRS)
  • Credit Linked Capital Subsidy for Technology Upgradation (CLCSS)

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