Startup ecosystem rankings: Gujarat tops the chart

Amiti Sen New Delhi | Updated on December 20, 2018

Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan amongst top performers

Gujarat has emerged as the best performer in terms of providing the right eco-system to start-ups in the first-ever ranking exercise of States and Union Territories carried out by the Centre.

The ranking on start-up eco-systems for 2018 was released by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) on Thursday.

The “top performers”, behind Gujarat, as per the report, include Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha and Rajasthan. Next in the rung were “leaders’’ which include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.


“These results are as much a recognition of the leading States as they are a celebration of efforts made by all the states for helping innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of the country,” according to Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, DIPP.

The laggards in the list of performers, categorised as ‘beginners’ include Chandigarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, and Tripura.

‘Emerging’ States, placed at a notch higher than the beginners include Assam, Delhi, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand. A total of 27 States and three UTs participated in the exercise. Seven key reform areas formed the basis of the ranking, according to an official statement.

States’ role

“Sensitisation and capacity building in States is critical to the process,” Abhishek said. Awareness workshops in all States, knowledge workshops in leading incubators, pairing of States for intensive mentoring, international exposure visits to the US and Israel and intensive engagement between States with the Start-up India team helped many States initiate effective measures to support start-ups, he said.

There were around 38 action points with a total score of 100 points for evaluating performance which included incubation support, start-up policy, implementation, seed funding support, easing public procurement, easier regulations at 13, awareness and outreach and angel and venture funding.

The key objective of the exercise was to encourage States and UTs to take proactive steps towards strengthening the start-up ecosystems. 

The methodology has been aimed at creating a healthy competition among States to further learn, share and adopt good practices, the release stated. 

According to official figures there are about 20,000 start-ups in the country of which 14,427 have been recognised under the Start-up India scheme launched by the government in January 2016.

Start-up India

A comprehensive National Report on the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018 was also released detailing the journey of Start-up India, role of Central and State Governments, conceptualisation of the ranking framework, evaluation methodology, capacity development of States, assessment process, feedback from stakeholders, and the results of the exercise along with the impact it created on the States and the future road map.

Published on December 20, 2018

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