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DPIIT invites applications for first-ever National Startup Awards 2020

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The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on Friday invited applications for the first-ever Startup Awards here.

The Startup Awards seek to recognize and reward outstanding startups and ecosystem enablers that are building innovative products or solutions and scalable enterprises, with high potential of employment generation or wealth creation, demonstrating measurable social impact.

While announcing the launch of the awards, Piyush Goyal, Minister for Commerce and Industry and Railways said: "The measure of success will not only be the financial gains for the investors but also the contribution to the social good."

Adding that the applications for the awards will be open till December 31, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a statement said: "The Awards will recognize exceptional startups across various categories that are providing innovative solutions to solve real problems and challenges for India, developing innovative technologies, products, and solutions from India to the world, building businesses that are scalable, sustainable and responsible and delivering measurable developmental gains."

The Startup Awards will also reward exceptional Incubators and Accelerators as key building blocks of a robust startup ecosystem.

The awards for startups will be given in 35 areas, classified into 12 broad sectors like agriculture, education, enterprise technology, energy, finance, food, health, Industry 4.0, space, security, tourism, and urban services. In addition, there are three special awards for startups from educational institutions, making an impact in rural areas and women entrepreneurs.

"A cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each will be awarded to the winning startup in each area. The winner and 4 runners-up will also be given opportunities to present their solutions to relevant public authorities and corporates for potential pilot projects and work orders. They will also be given priority for participation in various national and international startup events," the ministry said.

A cash prize of Rs 15 lakh each will be awarded to one winning Incubator and one winning Accelerator as well.

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First Published: Sat, November 30 2019. 19:48 IST