It was in 2015 that ‘startup’ became a buzzword. Suddenly, everyone wanted to either start a startup or work for one or be associated with one in some or the other capacity. It was around the same time that the Centre and State governments joined hands to make India a #StartupNation. Soon after, on January 16, 2016, PM Narendra Modi launched his ambitious Startup India Action Plan.
But creating a startup nation is easier said than done. Three years later, many state governments are still struggling to fulfill even basic ease of doing conditions in their states, and startup policies are still stuck in drafts for approvals.
In Rajasthan, however, the scenario is very different. Things are moving at a fast pace and the state is fast solidifying the foundation of its startup ecosystem to nurture and catapult the local as well as startups across India to success.
The Rajasthan government, under the leadership of Hon’ble Rajasthan chief minister (CM) Vasundhara Raje, is taking great strides towards a Digital Rajasthan. CM Raje’s farsightedness enabled the state authorities to put in place e-governance initiatives and a digital infrastructure in the state back in 2005, with the launch of first E-mitra kiosk.
Now, in 2018, the state’s department of information technology and communications (DoIT&C), headed by Principal Secretary Akhil Arora, is riding on the digital foundation to build the startups’ future, and along with it, the future of the state. One such initiative which is changing the face of Rajasthan’s startup ecosystem at the ground level is iStart.
iStart is the flagship startup programme of the Rajasthan government, which is working towards presenting Rajasthan prominently as a major startup hub of the country.”