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START-UP India Launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16th January, 2016
16 Jan 2016
New Delhi

The Government of India has launched the “Start-up India,” movement on January 16th, 2016 in New Delhi. The event aimed at celebrating the entrepreneurship spirit of country’s youth and will be attended by CEOs and founders of top Start-ups (over 1500) from across the country. The programme was very well designed and organized over multiple sessions. Ministers, Mr. Arun Jaitley, Ms. Nirmala Seetharaman addressed the meet and interacted with many successful entrepreneurs like Vinod Dham (Pentium), Kunal Bahl (snapdeal), Sachin Bansal (Flipkart), Bhavish Aggarwal (Ola), Naveen Tiwari (inmobi), Radhika Aggarwal (Shop clues), etc. More than 700 smart young entrepreneurs/start up creators listening to them directly in the same auditorium and participating in a vibrant Q&A session with them and also with 12-14 Secretaries of the country. Finally Prime Minister has offically released the Start-Up-India programme and appealed for Stand-Up-India. 

These sessions discussed almost all relevant topics about realities, myths, goals, opportunities, issues, venture opportunities, successes, risks, failures, do's and don'ts. 

The event was a non-stop day long global workshop on Start-up Entrepreneurship and included panel discussions on topics such as “Unleashing Entrepreneurship and Innovation: What do Indian Startups Need to Grow and Prosper”, “Celebrating Women: Stories of Innovative Women Entrepreneurs”, “How digitization will change India’s future”, “Making Indian Healthcare Leapfrog” and “Financial inclusion is within reach”. The panel discussion on “Show Me the Money: How do we Capitalize Entrepreneurship?” shall be chaired by Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha. A unique Question and Answer (Q&A) session titled “Face-to-face with Policy makers” is also being organized wherein Secretaries of Key Government Ministries and Departments will answer questions on how Government will be creating an enabling ecosystem for Start-ups. The objective is to reinforce commitment of the Government towards creating an ecosystem that is conducive for growth of Start-ups. The panel shall comprise of Secretaries from Department of Revenue, Department of Human Resources and Development, Department of Corporate Affairs, Department of Financial Services, Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Department of Skill Development. Additionally, the panel will have representation from Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). 

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