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Updated on: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 03:28 PM IST

Govt launches schemes to support 300 startups for creating 100 unicorns

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Under the Samridh programme, the Meity will provide seed funds of up to Rs 40 lakh for the selected startups and mentorship for six months./ Representational image | Photo by Pexels

Under the Samridh programme, the Meity will provide seed funds of up to Rs 40 lakh for the selected startups and mentorship for six months./ Representational image | Photo by Pexels

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The government on Wednesday launched a programme to support 300 IT startups under which it will provide seed funding, mentorship and market access with a view to creating 100 unicorns out of the selected startups.

Ministry of Electronics and IT special secretary Jyoti Arora said that the concept of the Startup Accelerator of MeitY for Product Innovation, Development & Growth (SAMRIDH) has been developed on the lines of silicon valley based accelerator YCombinator.

IT and Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that he has mentored over 20 startups earlier and understands the need of mentoring them during the most important part of their journey when their idea is getting converted into products.

He said that lack of funds for startups is not a big issue. "Lack of getting the idea into a real product or lack of collecting the skill sets which are needed to convert an idea into an enterprise is a bigger challenge for most of the startups. If we are able to startup in that journey then probably our value addition will be huge," Vaishnaw said.

Under the Samridh programme, the Meity will provide seed funds of up to Rs 40 lakh for the selected startups and mentorship for six months.

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Published on: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 03:22 PM IST
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