In a bid to facilitate entrepreneurship and job creation in the state, the Government of Rajasthan has launched a dedicated platform for startups called iStart. By nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship, iStart Rajasthan will ultimately accelerate the state’s economic growth and development.
Commenting on the development, Akhil Arora, Principal Secretary of Rajasthan government’s Department of Information Technology and Communication, said, “We wanted to create a meaningful platform. Not just one more platform for startups. The programs are all well-thought through with very clear and measurable deliverables to ensure that we can help more start-ups succeed.”
As stated by Arora, the iStart platform is based on an “access-improve-access” model, wherein startups are first provided with a detailed assessment report and Applyifi scorecard. For the next step, startups will have to undergo customised and group skill building as well as mentoring programmes. Coupled with the assessment done in the first phase, this helps startups to zero in on the areas that need improvement.
After successful completion of the first two phases, participants will be able to connect with investors and potential customers via the iStart platform. Startups graduating from the programme will then be offered opportunities to pitch their ideas for grants and investments from the Rajasthan government.
Applyifi founder Prajakt Raut added, “The objective of the program is to assist anyone with an entrepreneurial aspiration to take their concepts and business to the next level – be it at idea/concept stage or MVP or early-growth stage startups. Additionally, initiatives like alumni angel networks will help aspiring entrepreneurs raise smaller sums that they may require to develop their MVPs and test their concepts in the market.”
To participate in the programme, startups and aspiring entrepreneurs can register themselves on iStart Rajasthan’s website.