MeitY launches SAMRIDH to help grow 300 startups as India targets 100 unicorns

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An investment of up to Rs 40 lakh will be provided to a startup based on the current valuation and growth stage through selected accelerators.
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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology recently announced the Startup Accelerator for Product Innovation, Development & Growth (SAMRIDH) programme, which aims to help growing startups in India. 

India is the third-largest unicorn hub, with 63 unicorn startups and a total valuation of $168 billion. SAMRIDH aims to further boost and strengthen this growth. It will provide 300 startups with mentorship, funding, and other necessary support.

“Government will support startups and entrepreneurs in the most challenging phase, which is the initial risk phase, and also stated that to serve 1.3 billion people, India will scale up the network of incubators and accelerators to phenomenal levels,” said IT and Electronics Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Here’s how SAMRIDH will help Indian startups

  • SAMRIDH initiative will not only provide funding support to startups, but will also help in bringing skill sets together to help them become successful
  • It will focus on accelerating startups by providing customer connect, investor connect, and international immersion in the next three years
  • An investment of up to Rs 40 lakh will be provided to a startup based on the current valuation and growth stage through selected accelerators
  • It will facilitate equal matching investment by the accelerator / investor
  • SAMRIDH will select startups that are ready for acceleration stage and will provide them with funding support, mentorship, and other support
  • SAMRIDH will accelerate creation of employment in traditional and new-age industries

Accelerators shall be tasked with developing customised acceleration programmes to fit the needs of each startup in the cohort for which they shall be provided a budget of Rs 2 lakh per startup to a maximum of Rs 20 lakh per cohort. In each of the cohorts organised by the shortlisted accelerator, a maximum of 10 startups and a minimum of five startups can be supported under the scheme working in the domain area of software products.

The DPIIT-recognised startups selected by accelerators under the scheme will be provided with the following support from accelerators:

  • Expert diagnostics will understand user requirements, appropriate customer base, and product scale to find the right product positioning.
  • Sector specific experts will guide the entrepreneurs in product development and business development phases of the startup journey to enable the startup to grow its business.
  • Startups will be provided access to partnerships with corporates and other entities, both domestically and internationally.
  • Support in terms of legal matters of corporate compliance and statutory requirements and other matters will be provided by the accelerator.
  • Selected startups will get a chance to present their company before a panel of VCs and angel investors to receive funding.
  • Investment up to Rs 40 lakh per startup (with an average of Rs 30 lakh per startup per cohort) will be provided.
  •  Accelerators have to provide the startups in the cohort with physical and virtual facilities for working, meeting, and also necessary lab equipment that a startup needs for its product can be provided by the accelerator for the enablement of startup.
  • Each accelerator cohort (8-10 startups per cohort) will have a timeline of 6-12 months.
  • Commit an investment of up to Rs 40 lakh to the startup (with an average of Rs 30 lakh per startup per cohort) based on the growth stage of the startup.
Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta

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