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STPI Announces Various OCPs At Digital India Week 2022

STPI announced 14 Challenge Programs to select more than 150 start-ups in different focus areas across the country

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STPI disbursing seed fund for startups under NGIS and CoEs at Digital India Week 2022 at Gandhinagar

STPI has launched a series of Challenge Programs (OCPs) and announcements of seed funding to startups under NGIS and CoEs at the Digital India Week 2022. The program was launched with a vision to identify, recognize and reward aspiring, and early-stage tech entrepreneurs in the country.

“The Indian tech startup ecosystem has been revolutionized with several government initiatives like Startup India, MSH, NGIS, etc. Aligned with the vision of the government, STPI has further contributed to the growth of the startup ecosystem in Tier 2 & 3 cities by implementing NGIS. Moreover, STPI CoEs are another step towards accelerating innovation and product development in emerging technology domains, since the launch of Digital India”, said Arvind Kumar, Director General, STPI.

STPI announced 14 Challenge Programs to select more than 150 start-ups in different focus areas across the country which include:

  • Launch of "Build for Bharat IoT Start-up Challenge “in association with Industry: To be launched in collaboration with Jio Things Ltd. (JTL) to support 20 start-ups & entrepreneurs for building the next generation consumer/business-centric innovative solutions.
  • Two Challenge Programs wherein, one is the Open Challenge Program (OCP) for ESDM CoE at Bhubaneshwar and another is the Idea Challenge Program (ICP) for Blockchain CoE at Gurugram.
  •  OCP for ESDM CoE at Bhubaneshwar.
  • ICP for Blockchain CoE at Gurugram.
  • 11 OCPs for CHUNAUTI– Pan India from eleven STPI Jurisdictional Directorates with different themes.

These programs cover the entire spectrum of emerging technology and most of the states of the country. Under “Build for Bharat IoT Start-up Challenge program", JTL will provide mentorship & support around Tech, Product Strategy, Go-To-Market along with funding support of Rs 26 Lakh in the form of monetary and non-monetary benefits to the selected start-ups. Under ICP & OCP programs, the selected start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs shall also be facilitated through strategic networking, financial assistance, mentoring, providing support for training, marketing, patenting, and access to the labs, tools, software, and state-of-the-art incubation facility.

Till date, STPI has launched 42 OCPs/cohorts for the selection of start-ups for 20 operationalized CoEs in the emerging technology domains such as FinTech, Blockchain, ESDM, ACES Mobility, MedTech, AgriTech, IoT & AI, etc. across the country along with three CHUNAUTI (Challenge Hunt Under NGIS for Advanced Uninhibited Technology Intervention) under Next Generation Incubation Scheme. The vision is to drive the rise of India as a Software Product Nation so as to make India a global player in the development, production, and supply of Innovative, Efficient, and Secure Software Products thus facilitating the growth across the entire spectrum of the ICT sector as envisioned in the National Policy on Software Products (NPSP) – 2019.

STPI will also announce seed funding to 28 beneficiaries of CoEs and NGIS programs with funding up to Rs 25 lakh. Seed funding will significantly help the startups to realize their product dreams.

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