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Startup India Seed Fund Scheme

Published: 26th Apr, 2021

The Ministry of Food & Public Distribution launched the Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS).


The Ministry of Food & Public Distribution launched the Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS).


About the Scheme

  • The Scheme aims to provide financial assistance to startups for proof of concept, prototype development, product trials, market entry, and commercialization.
    • The Seed Fund Scheme also envisage for the promotion of virtual incubation for startups by enabling 300 incubators to support startups from all corners of the country.
    • The scheme will create a robust startup ecosystem.
    • This will impact the innovations in tier 2 and tier 3 regions of India.
    • It will encourage innovators from rural areas also.
    • The Startup India Seed Fund Scheme will act as a bridge between ideas and their implementation.
    • SISFS will Secure seed funding, Inspire innovation, Support transformative ideas, Facilitate implementation, and Start startup revolution.
  • Online portal: Under the scheme, an online portal has also been opened up, which is created by DPIIT.
    • It will allow incubators to apply for funds under this.
  • Execution: An Experts Advisory Committee (EAC) has also been created by DPIIT for the execution and monitoring of the Startup India Seed Fund Scheme.
  • Grants: Grants of upto Rs 5 Crores shall be provided to the eligible incubators which would be selected by the EAC.
    • Under the scheme Rs. 945 Crore corpus will be divided over the next 4 years to provide seed funding for eligible startups through eligible incubators across India.

Other similar initiatives

The Government has introduced initiatives with the motto of Connect, Collaborate & Catalyse such as:

  • Startup Innovation Challenges
  • National Startup Awards
  • Ranking of States
  • SCO Startup Forum
  • Prarambh

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