Commerce Ministry Current Affairs - 2020

Government launches Start-up-India ranking framework

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under Commerce Ministry has unveiled Start-up-India ranking framework to rank states/UTs based on measures regions that have taken to foster entrepreneurship. It was launched by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry at a function held in New Delhi.

Startup States and UTs Ranking Framework

The framework aims to foster competitiveness and propel states/UTS to act proactively in startup matters. This ranking will help states to bring progress made in their startup ecosystem and also make different states learn and replicate good practices.

Its objective is to encourage States/UTs to take proactive steps towards strengthening Startup ecosystems at local level. It will also measure impact of each step initiated at local level for building strong Startup ecosystem. It will also enable continuous learning through the dissemination of good practices.

It is based on feedback collected from Startup ecosystem stakeholders, which include startups, mentors, investors, accelerators, incubators and government bodies. The parameters of this feedback focus on all actions and initiatives undertaken by states on or before March 2018.

These parameters include having startup cell or helpline and mobile or web portal for queries, size of startup mentor network created by state government and number of key incubators for incubation support to startups.  It also gives greater thrust like seed funding support, women entrepreneurship.


India is home to about 20,000 startups, with about 1,400 beginning operations every year. They are driving economic growth and also leading to technological innovations and employment generation in every state. Entrepreneurs in these startups are introducing new solutions everyday and also are improving existing processes. Thus, this framework will encourage and help statrups and help government to create policies for ease of doing business for startups.

Government launches 3 tools to rank states, UTs on startup ecosystem

The Commerce and Industry Ministry (DIPP) has launched three tools to rank states and union territories on the basis of measures taken by them to promote budding entrepreneurs. These tools are the start-up-India ranking framework, compendium of good practices for promoting startups in India and Startup India Kit. They will help promote the start-up drive.

Startup India Compendium of Good Practises

It aims at promoting Startups in India and focuses on enriching startup ecosystem through ethical behaviours. It is currently followed by 18 States/UTs. It covers 95 good practises across 7 areas of intervention for evaluating the performance of startup ecosystem in states/UTs. These are distilled into 38 action points including Incubation Support, Seed Funding, Angel & Venture Funding, Startup Policy & Implementation, Simplified Regulations, Easing Public Procurement, Awareness & Outreach.

Startup India Kit

It is primarily a one-stop guide on all Startup India offerings. It offers vital information, advice and assistance through website links, statistics, tools, templates, events, competitions and a glossary on startup terms. All the benefits available to startups from the Startup India initiative can be found in the kit.