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Gujarat best state in providing strong ecosystem for startups

New Delhi: Gujarat has emerged as the best performer in developing startup ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs, according to the ranking of states done by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

In the ranking process, states have been identified as leaders across various categories such as startup policy, incubation hubs, seeding innovation, scaling innovation, regulatory change champions, procurement leaders, and communication champions.

On the basis of performance in these categories, states have been recognised as best performer, top performers, leaders, aspiring leaders, emerging states and beginners.

While Gujarat was the best performer, four states - Karantaka, Kerala, Odisha and Rajasthan - were there in top performers category.

Similarly, five states - Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana - were ranked as leaders.

Another Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal were ranked as aspiring leaders, and eight states like Assam, Delhi, and Goa were termed emerging states.

The beginners category states include Chandigarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, and Tripura.

"This exercise will help all the states to improve the ecosystem for promoting startups," DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said Thursday.

He said that in some areas like providing online information, simplifying regulations, preference in public procurement and setting up venture funds, states needs to five special focus.

The secretary added that the idea of ranking the states and union territories was not to "embarrass" anyone, but to encourage them to take steps to promote budding entrepreneurs.

He said that the entire exercise was conducted for capacity development. As many as 22 states have so far formulated their respective startup policies. A total of 27 states and three union territories participated in the exercise.

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