Building a world class startup Ecosystem in India

Entrepreneurs have always changed the world for good. In the 21st century, India will lead the human race and Indian entrepreneurs will drive this growth. We at Startup India Foundation want to build a world-class startup ecosystem in India that will identify, nurture and support the modern age startups; built by Indians for the world.

Founded and run by experienced entrepreneurs, Startup India Foundation is a not-for-profit trust registered with the Government of India. 

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What we do

We work closely with various stake-holders such as governments, academia and industry to help young entrepreneurs build and grow world-class startups.

Backing Up First-time entrepreneurs

We support First-time entrepreneurs, especially from smaller Tier II and Tier III towns, to successfully build their startup.

Organising Startup Events

We arrange no-nonsense startup events where early-stage startups and those willing to support them can meet, interact, develop relationships and help each other. 

Providing Mentorship & Guidance

With the help of our large pool of experienced mentors and domain experts we mentor and guide young entrepreneurs in converting their ideas into successful startups. 

Building Entrepreneurship Communities

Local problems need local solutions built by local entrepreneurs. We build communities and support eco-system at the grass-root level so that a sustainable startup culture can be built in India.

Policy Advisory & Implementation

We work closely with govt policy makers and executives to develop and implement effective startup policies and initiatives for building a world-class startup ecosystem in India.

Strengthening the institutions

We reach out to hundreds of incubators, e-cells and other startup institutions (both private and public) around the country and provide them with the strategic guidance and support.

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We work closely with various stake-holders such as governments, academia and industry to help young entrepreneurs build and grow world-class startups.

• Host/organise/sponsor an event with us.

• Join us as a mentor, investor, resource provider etc.

• Partner with us for a project/initiative.

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Join us as a mentor, investor, resource provider etc.

More than 90% of these startups are done by first-time entrepreneurs. We aim to reach out to them and assist them. We believe having access to experienced mentors can make the difference between being successful or shutting down.

Join Our Mission

We work closely with various stake-holders such as governments, academia and industry to help young entrepreneurs build and grow world-class startups

Developing Startup ecosystem

Every great endeavour worth achieving needs support. If you share our vision, then let's join hands. You can join/support/collaborate with us for:

Host/organise/sponsor an event with us
Join us as a mentor, investor, resource provider etc.
Partner with us for a project/initiative

Reaching out to the young talent.

More than 90% of these startups are done by first-time entrepreneurs. We aim to reach out to them and assist them. We believe having access to experienced mentors can make the difference between being successful or shutting down.

Upcoming Events

We organise events to help our participants improve their skills and acquire new knowledge during the Workshops, obtain new valuable contacts, discover possibilities of cooperation and partnership and win grants and get investments.

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Initiatives & Projects

We work with individual entrepreneurs, teams and institutions to build infrastructure, capacity, processes & skills for long term and sustainable entrepreneurial development.

Project NEST

A reward and recognition program for e-cells.

The objective is to bring all e-cells together to learn from each other and share best practices. 

Best performing e-cells are rewarded and honored at various levels (state and national level).Online “best practice sharing meetings” with various e-cells. We will hold one such meeting every 15 days. We will identify 10 priority states/clusters to be covered first.

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Launchpad Program

Idea to Business Plan in 50 days.

We will invite applications from startups/teams from various e-cells. After shortlisting top/best50 ideas; we will coach/guide them to convert their ideas into a feasible business plan.

By the end of this program these teams will have a feasibility study done, preliminary marketresearch done and a business plan ready to be launched.The program has various training sessions with domain experts, templates to be used, learningresources to be given and some tests to be taken by the startup teams.

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Our Participants Know Best

Lets hear views of some of our participants who
have benefitted from this partnership.

I want to give a massive thanks to the SIF team which helped me come over many apprehensions related to my startup. They also guided me on benefits of improving my presence on digital platform which has helped in the expansion of my business.
Keshav Bhardwaj
CFO, PeopleFirstDesign
Initially i wasn’t sure if this platform would help me but after attending the first SIF event i can say they are great even for a small ‘one man band' business like mine, i could network with many like-minded people and have found very knowleadeable mentors who are always available to guide me.
Rishabh Nagpal
Founder, Goggol
I found many keen investors for my fintech startup which is based in tier-II cities with the help of SIF foundation. With major part of these cities getting onboard to digital payments, all we needed was interested set of people with same vision to steer our business to success.
Ishan Sonekar
CEO, The Intern

Our Team

Behind every flourishing organisation is a team of hardworking and dedicated people. Here's ours..

Anil Chhikara
CHAIRMAN

Anil is a well-regarded startup mentor in the Indian startup ecosystem and a TEDx speaker. Anil was the anchor judge for Haywards 5000 Haunslay ki Udaan, India’s First Startup Reality TV Show and the official startup coach for The Vault Show, India’s answer to Shark Tank. Anil is admired for his outspoken no-nonsense views about the startups and the ecosystem.

Anil Chhikara
CEO

Sam is a Serial Entrepreneur. He mentors, coaches and trains Entrepreneurs, Consultants and Trainers in growing their Personal Brands using Linkedin and other Social Media platforms. He is the Founder and CEO of Brand Samosa - an innovative Digital Marketing Agency & is also the Founder & CEO of NEXEL World.

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Blogs & Articles

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Our most common asked questions.

Q. If an area I am looking at getting mentored has no suitable mentor listed on Startup India Foundation website,  can you arrange a mentor that meets the requirement?

A. Yes, we can try. In this case, send us an email and let’s try and find you one. Please don’t buy the mentoring pass till we confirm (anil@startupindiafoundation.org).

Q. Can I split the one hour I bought with the same mentor for multiple smaller meetings?

A. NO, you can’t split one hour into multiple mentors. The basic unit we use to count usage of mentoring hours is one hour. So if you have already used say 30 mins of the one hour with one mentor, then that hour is counted as consumed.

Q. Can I split the one hour mentoring that I have paid for among multiple mentors?

A. NO, you can’t split one hour into multiple mentors. The basic unit we use to count usage of mentoring hours is one hour. So if you have already used say 30 mins of the one hour with one mentor, then that hour is counted as consumed.

Q. Will my money be refunded if I am not satisfied with the mentoring I got?

A. No, that’s not practically possible. Satisfaction being a subjective thing, we can’t objectively say if the session was useful or not. So choose your mentor carefully, research about him on the internet,  read what he has written or hear what the mentor has talked about in different forums, what their expertise is and then decide. But once you have had a session with that mentor, it is done and non-refundable.

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