Innovation Current Affairs - 2019
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The Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (FINE) was inaugurated by President Ramnath Kovind at Grambharti near Gandhinagar in Gujarat. On the occasion, President conferred 10th Biennial National Grassroots Innovation Awards.
Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- The Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is an initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognise, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem.
- The Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is organised by the President’s office in association with National Innovation Foundation-India and Department of Science & Technology.
- The Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship aims to provide a platform to the innovators for building the linkages with potential stakeholders whose support can improve their prospects in the coming years for the larger social good.
- The Festival helps in promoting lateral learning and linkages among the innovators to enrich the ecosystem for new India.
The Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides a window to the creative and innovative solutions for social development through grassroots innovations, student ideas and other technologies for agriculture, rural development, sanitation, health, women and child development, biotechnology and medical innovation for grassroots by providing a large number of open technological and other solutions for the developing and developed world.
The government of Tamil Nadu has released Startup and Innovation policy 2018-2023 with a mission of providing an enabling and innovative ecosystem for startups registered in the State and to make Tamil Nadu a ‘Global Innovation hub for startups’ by 2023.
Objectives of the Policy
The core objectives of the Startup and Innovation policy 2018-2023 are:
- Creation of at least 5000 technology startups of which at least 10 global high growth startups in social impact sectors.
- Infrastructure support to strengthen existing mechanism in areas like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Software as a Service (SAAS)
Components of the Policy
The important components of the Startup and Innovation policy 2018-2023 are:
- The policy aims to collaborate with educational institutions to promote entrepreneurial spirit, reduce existing regulatory and tax burden on startups in the field of labour, pollution and building norms.
- The policy aims to partner with reputed investors across the globe to bring investment to the Tamil Nadu startups.
- The policy envisages nurturing aspiring entity or individuals (defined as ‘Start Steps’) who develops a potentially scalable business model that can generate wealth and employment.
- Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) will act as a nodal agency to promote and facilitate startups.
- Tamil Nadu Startup and InnovaTN Mission (TANSIM) headed by a full-time officer will advocate and oversee policies and programmes for promoting startups.
- Tamil Nadu Startup Seed Grant Fund (TNSSGF) of Rs 50 crore with an allotment of Rs 5 crore in the first year in partnership with financial institutions and universities for supporting early-stage financing requirements of the startups in the form of grants to fill the gap in fund requirement for research & innovations.
Implementation of the Policy
The government of Tamil Nadu has set a 5-point action plan for implementing the policies. It includes:
- Creating ecosystems for encouraging innovations.
- Ensuring resources availability to Startup ecosystem.
- Enabling skill development and job creation.
- Supporting social entrepreneurship.
- Establishing global accessibility and partnerships.
Definition of the Start-up
The policy lists the following criterions to be recognised as the start-up in Tamil Nadu:
- Registration under Tamil Nadu Startup and InnovaTN Mission (TANSIM).
- Date of incorporation less than 7 years (less than 10 years in case of biotechnology, AI and ML startups).
- Registration and turnover less than Rs 25 crore in any of the financial years.
The policy aims for a minimum of 1,00,000 high skilled job creation, direct and indirect, in the Startup Ecosystem.
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