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Thiruvananthapuram, NFAPost: Kerala has bagged the “Top Performer” honour for developing a strong startup ecosystem for the second consecutive year in the annual States’ Startup Ranking 2019, announced by the Government of India on Friday, recognising the state as a leader across all pillars of the startup ecosystem.

While four states were adjudged as the Top performers last year there are only two states to receive the honour this year, neighbouring Karnataka being the other.

The ranking was declared in the presence of Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal; Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Shri Som Parkash.

Startup framework

The States’ Startup Ranking Framework 2019, prepared by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, recognised Electronics and Information Technology Department of Government of Kerala as an institutional leader, regulatory change champion, procurement leader, incubation hub, seeding innovation leader, and scaling innovations leader.

Kerala has taken several exemplary initiatives in establishing institutional support for women-led startups, including pre-incubation support, special subsidies and seed funding.

Initiatives like robust venture funding mechanism for startups are being implemented through the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), the nodal agency for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.

It was noted on the occasion that “Kerala and Karnataka have displayed visionary leadership and taken strategic initiatives to strengthen innovative entrepreneurship of the ecosystem . These states have exhibited unwavering commitment to the growth of start-up ecosystem by taking dedicated and focussed initiatives across all pillars of start-ups ranking exercise.”

Young entrepreneurs

It also recognised Kerala Startup Mission CEO Dr Saji Gopinath and Kerala Startup Mission Business Development Head Ashok Kurian Panjikaran as “Startup Champions of the State.”

Expressing happiness over the development, Kerala Startup Mission CEO Dr Saji Gopinath said it is the second time the state is getting central government recognition.

“This recognition will encourage more young entrepreneurs to make use of the robust startup ecosystem in the state,” said Kerala Startup Mission CEO Dr Saji Gopinath.

The States’ Startup Ranking Framework 2019 was done across seven specific dimensions: Institutional Support, Easing Compliances, Relaxation in Public Procurement norms, Incubation Support, Seed Funding Support, Venture Funding Support, and Awareness and Outreach.

Capacity building

The key objective of the exercise is capacity building, and to further the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Indian Startup Ecosystem.The ‘State/UT Startup Ranking Framework’ 2019 is spread across seven areas of intervention with a total of 30 action points, as compared to the 38 action points in the Previous Year State Ranking Framework.

The framework provides the guidelines to support the implementation of action points along with good practices against each action point.

The State Ranking Framework aims to evaluate States/UTs in a balanced and transparent manner and has thus made documentary evidence of compliance on action points by the State/UT Government a prerequisite for collection of feedback. Scoring was then done on the basis of the feedback received.

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