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Start-up India- An exciting initiative to boost start-ups

Written by:
Abhishek Sahoo
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A glimpse at its key highlights

With a new vigor and positive effervescence, the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi declared a boost-up action plan for budding enterprises, well known as, ‘Start-up companies’ of India. The idea is to encourage and accentuate them in launching ways or ideas to do business, which in turn will benefit the economy as a whole by generating employment opportunities and creating wealth in the country.

Let’s give a glimpse at the key highlights of this self-certification scheme i.e. ‘start-up India’:

  • Abridging complicated processes to simpler ones:

Start-up companies have the liberty to make their way in to the business world by just filling a short form on web portal or a mobile app. The registration can be made within a day by getting online clearances or approvals on portals.

  • Easy to exchange knowledge and swift access to funding from ‘Start-up India hub’:

This hub will be formed as a single point of contact for total start-up network.

  • Self-certification compliance system:

This system will mitigate the regulatory burden on new enterprises.

  • Fast-track patent examination:

Start-ups can easily adopt, protect and commercialize Intellectual property rights.

  • Tax exemptions:

Under this scheme, the start-ups can avail exemptions on capital gains tax, investments and income tax.

  • Encouraging new talents:

The scheme has launched programs like Atal Innovation Mission, Start-up fests to boost the hidden talents among people and emphasize on innovation.

  • Incorporating Research parks and incubators in institutions:

In order to promote research, innovation and incubation, the plans are proposed to set-up number of research parks, incubators in the institutions and innovation centres.

  • Promoting bio-technology:

Plans and models are envisaged to set up bio-incubators, bio-clusters, technology transfer offices and bio-connect offices to foster bio-technology start-ups in India.

  • Separate corpus to provide funding support to start-ups:

The government will keep a separate trust/ corpus of about Rs.10, 000 Crores over 4 years and will be managed by private professionals.  It will provide financial support and can help them in getting support from banking system also.

  • Credit Guarantee fund:

This new concept is a boon for start-ups as it will allow flow of venture debt from banking system by standing guarantee against certain kind of risks.

  • Facilitate legal support in filing patent application:

The scheme will set-up panel of facilitators to give legal assistance to the start-up companies on filing of IP related applications.

  • Special rebates will be provided on filing patent applications by the start-ups.
  • Liberalization in public procurement norms
  • Easy and swift exits for start-ups who fail while starting up their ventures.


How is it improving the ease of doing business?

The current scenario for start-ups is quite challenging. The legal whirlpool and complex regulatory frameworks divert their focus from emancipating prospective ideas to create great products or services. In order to give them a liberalized breathing ambience to conduct business freely and efficiently, this self-certification scheme is launched by the Government of India to support start-ups.

Easy access to funds and knowledge will give them leverage to stand on their feet with back support. It boosts their confidence and opens many avenues to experiment.

Innovation is essential for economic growth. Government will give new entrepreneurs a platform to innovate and make optimal use of the proposed research centers and incubators for the growth in business and economy. It will proliferate the thought of embracing entrepreneurship if one has practically feasible ideas and good intentions.

Tax reliefs, legal support, exemptions etc. will take away the sword of legal expenses from their business unit and will facilitate business operations. Most of the start-ups may witness failure in their start-up venture and still have to pay taxes. With this leverage, start-up companies can take a sigh of relief from the end.

Quick registration, online approval & clearances and swift filing of legal applications are undoubtedly a boon in doing start-up business. Evidently, it takes substantial time and energy of new entrepreneurs.

Failures in ventures are one probable risk that all enterprises are prepared for before they initiate any business. This scheme gives them faster and easier exit in order to stand again to start afresh.

Are there any New Legal compliance?

Start-up India’ is one of the most promising initiatives by the government and is becoming the buzz word in newspapers, business world, social media and on global arena. Indeed, the government has paved their way to conduct business operations by streamlining the regulatory procedures, liberalizing the norms and allowing them funding or exemptions.

There is one compliance scheme that can be considered positively for start-ups is ‘Compliance Regime based on Self Certification’. This scheme is launched to lessen the regulatory burden on budding companies. It will cover the current legal provisions on laws like contract labor, employees’ provident fund, environmental pollution, payment of gratuity etc.

Then there is ‘Registration Procedure’ where start-ups can swiftly get registered or get necessary clearances through online mode i.e. via web portals/ mobile apps.

The essence of filing patent applications, if applicable on start-ups would be quite beneficial for them as they will get 80% rebate on filing patent applications. Moreover, the patent examination, if required, can be done fastly by proposed government legal support.


The initiative is bursting hope, enthusiasm, ease in doing business and government support. It seems ideal to take a plunge on entrepreneurship and avail these benefits to make India proud through new ideas and charismatic business presence. We at, are here to help. Be it a legal consult with a specialist startup lawyer, getting your contracts drafted, legal advice and representation during fund raising or any other legal requirements – we help connect you to the right lawyer. Just tell us your requirements here, or ask a free question here and get proposals/responses from members expert lawyers.