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IT Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw’s vision for startups takes shape of the SAMRIDH Scheme

Start-up Accelerators of MeitY for product Innovation, Development and growth (SAMRIDH)” programme launched by MeitY today: Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw

Startups are new types of wealth creators in our country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2021, underscoring the need of the government to relentlessly work towards making India’s Startups and the Startup Ecosystem the best in the whole world. This vision of Prime Minister was also emphasized by Electronics and Information Technology Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw in a recent event whereby he stated, “Government will support startups and entrepreneurs in the most challenging phase which is the initial risk phase and also stated to serve 1.3 billion people India will scale up the network of incubators and accelerators to phenomenal levels.”

The above statements of Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, today have taken the shape of the “Start-up Accelerators of MeitY for Product Innovation, Development, and growth (SAMRIDH)” program, which was launched today by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology so as to create a conducive platform to Indian Software Product star-ups to enhance their products and securing investments for scaling their business. The program is being implemented by MeitY Start-up Hub (MSH).

Speaking at the launch of the SAMRIDH Scheme, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, said that the initiative will not only provide funding support to the startups but will also help in bringing skill sets together which will help them to become successful. Reiterating the vision of the Prime Minister, he stated that technology and the energy of youngsters is a great potential source of energy for inclusive development.

The Minister, further said that our society as we stand today requires lots of initiatives, new products, and new services which will create a better life for the marginalized sections of the society and for those who are at bottom of the pyramid and are living in remote parts of the country, where mainstream development has eluded them. The technology can play a role in accelerating and in taking the quantum jump in reaching out to people which would have taken many years. Using the energy of startups these areas can be reached within months. He said, “Employment in traditional as well as new-age industries is a stated mission of our government and is also the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Initiatives and schemes like SAMRIDH will help accelerate the implementation of that vision.”

While speaking at the launch event, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, said that the SAMRIDH scheme will pick up startups that are ready for the acceleration stage and will provide them with funding support, mentorship, and a lot of other support that is required by startups at this stage. The scheme heralds a very important milestone in our journey towards building confidence in our startup community.

The SAMRID H program will focus on accelerating the 300 start-ups by providing customer connect, investor, connect, and international immersion in the next three years. Also, an investment of up to ₹ 40 lakh to the start-up based on the current valuation and growth stage of the Start-Up will be provided through selected accelerators. It will also facilitate equal matching investment by the accelerator/investor. The program aims to further the Indian start-up growth which has seen the emergence of 63 Unicorns is now the third-largest Unicorn hub globally with a total valuation of 168 Bn USD.

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