designed to showcase the spread and depth of entrepreneurship across India.

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The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is organizing the first-ever Startup India Innovation Week from 10th -16th of January 2022.  This virtual week-long innovation celebration aims to commemorate the 75th year of India’s independence ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and is designed to showcase the spread and depth of entrepreneurship across India.

Interestingly, in the startup world, 2021 has been recognised as the ‘year of unicorns,’ with 40+ unicorns added in the year.

 India is emerging as a global innovation hub, boasting the world’s third-largest startup ecosystem. DPIIT has recognised more than 61,000 startups as on date. Our startups representing 55 industries, spread across 633 districts with at least one startup from every State and UT of the country have created over 6 lakh jobs since 2016. 45% of the startups are from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities and 45% of them are represented by women entrepreneurs. Startups have the potential to accelerate India’s integration into global value chains and create global impact.

This startup and innovation festival’s primary goal is to bring together the country’s key startups, entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, funding entities, banks, policymakers, and other national/international stakeholders to celebrate entrepreneurship and promote innovation. Furthermore, to exchange knowledge on nurturing startup ecosystems; to develop entrepreneurial ecosystem capacities; to mobilise global and domestic capital for startup investments; to encourage and inspire the youth for innovation and entrepreneurship; to provide market access opportunities to startups; and to showcase high-quality, high-technology, and frugal innovations from India.

With participation of States/UTs and various departments of Government of India, the week-long programme will address key aspects of the startup ecosystem through interactive sessions, workshops, and presentations based on themes such as Academia & Mentorship Support to Startups, Incubation and Acceleration Support to Startups, Market Access through Corporates & Government to Startups, and Funding & International Avenues to Go Global. In addition, based on the identified themes, there will be various parallel activities such as Experience Booths, Pitching or Reverse Pitching Sessions, and Innovation Showcases.

The link to the registration for the event is https://www.startupindiainnovationweek.in

Highlights of the week-long celebration are:

•               Hon’ble Prime Minister’s interaction with startups

•               Result Declaration of National Startup Awards 2021

•               Launch of Doordarshan Startup Champions 2.0 show

•               Roundtable with Global Investors and domestic funds

•               Launch of Open Network for Digital Commerce Digital Strategy

•               Participation by Ministry of Education, Niti Aayog, Office of PSA, DBT, DST, MeitY, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, among other departments, in various sessions.

•               Launch of ‘Fisheries Startup Grand Challenge’ by Department of Fisheries

•               Pitching sessions and corporate connect programs for startups from across the country.

Key Day wise highlights of the week long celebration are:

Day 1 (10th January)

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The week-long event will be launched on Day 1, 10th January 2022 by Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal in presence of Hon’ble Ministers of State for Commerce & Industry Shri Som Prakash and Smt. Anupriya Patel. Other eminent speakers during the inaugural session will include

•               Shri Anurag Jain, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade

•               Shri Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, Info Edge India Ltd

•               Shri Abhiraj Singh Bhal, Co-Founder & CEO, Urban Company.

Day 1 will also host a Panel Discussion on “Transforming Businesses Through Co-Creation” with speakers like

•               Dr. Rajesh S. Gokhale, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology

•               Shri Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Department of Defence Production

•               Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman, Axilor Ventures

•               Shri Aditya Natraj, CEO, Piramal Foundation

•               Shri Sanjeev Kapoor, Celebrity Chef, Entrepreneur & Television Personality

•               Smt. Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals.

Sessions by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Open Network for Digital Commerce will also be organised on Day 1.

Day 2 (11th January) 

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Day 2 will be coordinated by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and cover sessions on innovation, human values and sustainability and highlight innovation practices in higher education institutes. The Inaugural Ceremony of Day 2 will host addresses from esteemed stakeholders such as

•               Smt. Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy

•               Shri K. Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Department of Higher Education

•               Dr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation Cell, Ministry of Education, Government of India.

Keynote addresses will be shared by Shri Sridhar Vembu, Founder, ZOHO Corporation as well as Shri Gautam, Founder, FarEye Pvt. Ltd.

Several panel discussions will be undertaken on “Innovation, Human Values, and Sustainability” and “Best Innovation & Startup Practices in Higher Education Institutions”. Panel discussions will host eminent speakers such as

•               Shri Harshit Rathore, Co-Founder & CEO, Naccarc Robotics

•               Shri Vikash Mittersain, Founder & Managing Director, Nazara Technologies

•               Shri Shrikant Badve, Managing Director, Badve Industries

•               Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur

•               Prof. AB Pandit, Vice Chancellor, ICT Mumbai.

Moreover, moderators of the sessions will include key stakeholders in the innovation landscape such as Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE and Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Ex-Chairman, ISRO.

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