Startup Mahakumbh Kickstarts: Unveiling India's Startup Potential

Startup Mahakumbh kickstarts in New Delhi showcasing India's thriving startup ecosystem. With over 2,000 startups, 10 thematic pavilions, and 1,000+ investors, it promises a vibrant ecosystem. 23 states are participating in the event. Read for details.

Swati Dayal
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Startup Mahakumbh

The Startup Mahakumbh, which kickstarted in the national capital today, has emerged as a significant platform for India's startup ecosystem, emphasizing substance over mere valuations. Against the backdrop of recent challenges faced by prominent startups, this three-day event presents an opportune moment for the startup fraternity to demonstrate its potential as a force for positive change.

Startup Mahakumbh

Government Backing and Enthusiastic Participation

Speaking at the curtain raiser event, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Secretary of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), expressed the government's commitment to support the event.

"We hope to get the Prime Minister to visit this event. Now that the election announcement has come, there are formalities ... but we are still hopeful that we will be able to get him to this event," Singh said.

The event is expected to witness participation from over 2,000 startups, along with 10 thematic pavilions, more than 1,000 investors, and various other stakeholders.

"This event is over 100 times larger in scale than anything you have seen before. Policy dialogue will be a small part of the event. It is more about celebration, showcasing success etc. The government is playing a backseat kind of anchor for this event. In terms of specific pain points on the policy and regulatory side that the start-up community may have, I presume some of the recommendations could come out of this event," Singh said.

"We like to facilitate business and industry, sometimes from the front but often from the back. The idea is to facilitate, promote and this event showcases the fact that our start-up ecosystem has become one of the largest in the world," Singh said.

Collaborative Efforts and Global Recognition

The Startup Mahakumbh is a collaborative effort involving organizations like Assocham, Nasscom, Bootstrap Incubation and Advisory Foundation, TiE, and Indian Venture and Alternate Capital Association (IVCA). Supported by DPIIT, MeitY Startup Hub (MSH), and Invest India, the event aims to showcase India's burgeoning startup ecosystem to the world.

Sanjiv, Joint Secretary of DPIIT, highlighted the global outreach of the event, with participation from 23 states and a concurrent SCO startup forum. He emphasized the event's focus on highlighting Indian manufacturing startups and its comprehensive coverage of the startup ecosystem.

"We have a SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) start-up forum which coincides with the event so that the whole world knows about the Indian ecosystem. One of our initiatives is to highlight Indian manufacturing start-ups. Anything that you can imagine as part of the start-up ecosystem, will be there at StartUp Mahakumbh," he said.
Amitabh Kant

Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, remarked on the central theme of innovation, reflecting on the journey since the inception of Startup India in January 2016. He recalled the initial challenges and PM Modi’s vision to streamline regulations for startups, leading to a booming ecosystem with over 2 lakh startups and 150+ unicorns.

Government Initiatives Driving Change

Sanjeev Bikchandani, Info Edge cofounder, praised the government's initiatives in nurturing the startup ecosystem. He credited the government's allocation of a Rs 10,000 crore fund to SIDBI as a game-changer, transforming the landscape for startups in India. Bikchandani also commended the accessibility of government officials, reflecting a responsive approach towards addressing concerns.

MeitY's Role in Nurturing Innovation

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has been pivotal in fostering India's startup ecosystem. With initiatives like the Startup India program, MeitY has played a crucial role in creating an enabling environment for startups. The MeitY Startup Hub aims to engage with startups and incubators, offering masterclasses and fireside chats to support their growth and development. 

The Startup Mahakumbh symbolizes India's vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and the collaborative efforts of the government, industry, and startups. As the event unfolds, it not only celebrates past successes but also signifies the promising future of India's startup ecosystem. With innovation and inclusivity at its core, the Startup Mahakumbh is poised to leave a lasting impact on India's entrepreneurial landscape.

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