To inspire youth for entrepreneurship and develop capacities of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, a week-long event, “Celebrating Innovation Ecosystem” is to be held in Jan 2022. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is hosting the event as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Multiple pitching sessions will be organised for Startups across various sectors and stages, providing them an opportunity to present their innovations to some of the key investors and corporates. The event will mark the 6th anniversary of the launch of the Startup India initiative.
Innovation Week aims to bring together the country’s key Startups, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and other national stakeholders for a specially curated event on innovation and entrepreneurship and to exchange knowledge on best practices on nurturing Startup ecosystems.
Themes for Startup Event
The proposed week-long event will comprise of activities organised with specific themes. The tentative themes are International Engagements, market access and incubation support, funding support to Start-ups etc and will cover the different areas of the innovation lifecycle.
The week-long event will be attended by Startups, Incubators, Accelerators, Mentors, Venture Capital (VC) Funds, Investors, Government e-Market place (GeM), Corporates, Students, Entrepreneurs, Ecosystem enablers, Government Officials etc.
The event will feature a dedicated exhibition area for select Startups (including DPIIT-recognised Startups, National Startup Awards Finalists, Startups supported by Fund of Funds for Startups, beneficiary Startups of Government of India Ministries/ States). Mentoring and incubation support at the event will also be provided in collaboration with partnering agencies such as AIM NITI Aayog, DST, DBT, MeitY, DPIIT, Invest India and more.
Various sessions such as workshops, presentations, pitching and reverse pitching, panel discussion, fireside chat, experience sharing etc will be organized. These events will be based on the identified themes and will be conducted by one or more marquee speakers.
The corporate connect program will be held with an aim to provide an opportunity to the Startups to work with five leading corporates on providing innovative solutions to the specific problem statements. A panel of high-level domain experts, incubator, and investor network etc will shortlist the most promising set of Startups through a robust process.