The Indian government is calling for nominations for the National Startup Awards 2020 ⁠— here’s how you can apply

  • The government is hosting the National Startup Awards 2020 for startups, incubators and accelerators.
  • The awards has 12 categories including Agriculture, education, enterprise technology, energy, finance, food, industry 4.0, health, space, security, tourism and urban services.
  • The last date for application for the startup awards is December 31.
India’s startup ecosystem is the third largest in the world with over 20 unicorns. The Narendra Modi-led government has introduced many initiatives like Startup India to also build a conducive environment for entrepreneurs. And now, the government is hosting the National Startup Awards 2020.

The awards has 12 categories including Agriculture, education, enterprise technology, energy, finance, food, industry 4.0, health, space, security, tourism and urban services. The last date for application for the startup awards is December 31.

Apart from startups, enablers like incubators and accelerators can also apply.

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Here’s how startups can apply

To apply for an award, the startup has to be a DPIIT-recognized startup, with a hardware or software solution in the market. The startup has to submit all audited financial statements for the last three financial years and should also ensure there has not been any default in its finances.

Log on to startupindia.gov.in/awards to apply as a startup, register your official email address to fill out the form.

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The winner from each category;s sub sector will get a cash prize of ₹5 lakh along with an opportunity to present their business solution to public authorities as well as corporates for potential pilot projects and work projects.

SectorSub Sector
Agriculture1. Productivity 2. Farmer Engagement and Education 3. Post Harvest 4. Allied Areas (Fisheries, Poultry, Animal Husbandry etc.)
Education1. Access to Institutional Education 2. Access to Open Education 3. Teacher Training
Enterprise TechnologyEnterprise Solutions
Energy1. Clean Energy 2.Energy Storage 3.Energy Efficiency
Finance1. Payments Wallets – include P2P lendingetc.2.Financial Literacy Engagement
Food1. Food Processing 2.Access to Food
Health1.Access to healthcare2.Diagnostics3.Life Sciences4.Medical Devices
Industry 4.01.Big Data 2.Internet of Things 3.3D Printing 4.Augmented Reality Products /Wearables 5.Cloud computing 4 6.Robotics 7.Computer Vision
SpaceSpace Tech Solutions
Security1.Cyber Security2.Citizen Security Solutions
Tourism1.Travel Planning & discovery2.Hospitality
Urban Services1.Construction/development monitoringsolutions2.Traffic Management3.Water/water networks4.Waste Management
Special Category: WomenLed Startups
Special Category: RuralDevelopment
Special Category: CampusStartup

Here’s how ecosystem enablers can apply

Ecosystem enablers like incubators and accelerators too can apply for the award.

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To apply, incubator or accelerator has to have been around for two years at least and should be an independent entity - a company, a public trust or a society. While the incubator should have graduated at least 15 startups, the accelerator should have graduated at least 10 startups to be eligible to apply.

Log on to startupindia.gov.in/awards to apply as an incubator or accelerator, register your official email address to fill out the form.

The winning cash prize for the enablers is ₹15 lakhs.

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