Startup Recognition

Startup means an entity, incorporated or registered in India. Under the Startup India Action Plan, startups that meet the definition as prescribed under the G.S.R. notification 501 (E), are eligible to apply for recognition under the program.

StartUp Recognition - Validation, Process and Benefits

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the nodal body for Startup India, said in a statement that an entity shall now be considered a startup up to seven years from the date of its incorporation/registration, taking into account the long gestation period in establishing startups. At present, the period of consideration is five years.

However, in the case of startups in the biotechnology sector, the period will be up to 10 years from the date of incorporation/registration. A Startup should be recognised only if:-

  • An entity has not been incorporated for more than 7 years, (10 years for Startups in the biotechnology sector); and
  • It is working towards innovation, development or improvement of products or processes or services, or if it is a scalable business model with a high potential of employment generation or wealth creation; and
  • It has not formed the entity by splitting up or reconstruction of a business already in existence;

Please Note : The Certificate of Recognition for Startups will now be issued after examination of the application and documents submitted.

Documents Required

  • PAN Card of the Business or Applicant

PAN Card is needed for Tax Exemption.

  • Identity and Address Proof of Promoters

Identity proof and address proof documents like PAN, passport, driving license, aadhaar card or voters identity card must be submitted for all the promoters.

  • Business Registration Document

Proof of business registration like incorporation certificate or partnership deed or registration certificate must be submitted for all types of registred entities.

  • Address Proof for Place of Business

Documents like rental agreement or sale deed along with copies of electricity bill or latest property tax receipt or municipal khata copy must be submitted for the address.

  • Directors Identification Number

DIN is required for all the Directors.

  • Startup Idea

You have to submit a write-up about the nature of business highlighting how is it working towards innovation, development or improvement of products or processes or services, or its scalability in terms of employment generation or wealth creation.

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