Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u2019s visit to the Silicon Valley has become a hot topic of discussion this month. His impending visit to the Silicon Valley, his scheduled meetings with the big bosses of Apple and Facebook, and his visits to Adobe, Google, and Tesla offices are specially garnering a lot of attention from the Indian startup sector.\r\n\r\nEveryone has the same question in mind,\r\nWill this visit actually change anything for the Indian startup ecosystem or will be just another one of his many foreign business trips?\r\nStarting today, we guess the answers will become clearer about the writing on the wall.\r\n\r\nOne of the highlights of his trip is visit to Facebook\u2019s office and interact with CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg. The two will discuss \u201chow communities can work together to address social and economic challenges,\u201d Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook on September 12. Zuckerberg also invited questions for the event which will be held on Sunday, September 27 at 9:30 am pacific time.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInterestingly, many questions posted to Zuckerberg centre on, \u201cIf Facebook can open an office in India and promote more jobs to censorship to slow internet speeds in India to lodging grievances about the reservation system in India.\u201d Many have also posted questions about, \u201cHow Facebook can collaborate with the government to address grievances about government organizations, caste agendas, the \u2018Startup India, Standup India\u2019 slogan and entrepreneurial opportunities.\u201d The next few days hold the answer to these questions on the mind of Indian people.\r\nLess Red Tape, More Ease\r\nMeanwhile, startups have their own expectations from this visit. Many are hoping that the exposure to Silicon Valley\u2019s startup culture would inspire Modi to put into implementation policies which will foster the same entrepreneurial spirit back home.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRitesh Agarwal, CEO & Founder, OYO Rooms, said, \u201cI feel extremely proud that for the first time in three decades, our Prime Minister has taken the initiative of going to the hub of global entrepreneurship. In India the startup space is burgeoning with young entrepreneurs who have the courage to develop great ideas into reality and to push the boundaries with innovation. At this optimal time, Mr. Modi\u2019s presence there will help increase the trust of the world\u2019s leading investors in the young entrepreneurs of India.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile Modi\u2019s government has launched a lot of initiatives like Digital India Project, the \u2018Startup India, Standup India , Make in India campaign, and the Jan dhan Yojana which will boost the startup culture, digitization, and mcommerce, there is much more desired to be done.\r\n\r\nThe ease of opening a business in India is still a pain point. With India languishing at 142nd on World Bank\u2019s Doing Business Index, there\u2019s of course, much that needs to be done to ease entrepreneurship in India. In this direction, one step that the government took was to simply the company registration form. A private limited or one-person company (OPC) is now simpler and quicker to form, with this form called INC-29, which combines three separate applications, for the Director Identification Number, company name and final incorporation. So, while entrepreneurs had to previously wait for one procedure to be completed to begin the next, all three are now processed simultaneously.\r\n\r\nHowever, while incorporation has been shortened, the various licenses and certificates still take around 40 to 50 days to obtain. And there\u2019s duplication everywhere. Compare the scenario with the top 50 countries which enable entrepreneurs to start a business,in 7 to 10 days. Maybe this is something which Modi needs to bring back from the Silicon Valley to India\u2019s culture by soaking in more of US\u2019s startup friendly policies during his visit.\r\n\r\nSays Beerud Sheth, CEO and co-founder, Teamchat, \u201c Prime Minister Modi\u2019s trip to Silicon Valley is a great opportunity to take back a few important lessons on streamlining regulations and fostering entrepreneurship. If the system enables Indians to have the same impact in India that they have in the valley, it will radically transform the country, even the world.\u201d\r\n\r\nRitesh Malik of Project Guerrilla stated, \u201cThere is a lot to learn from the Silicon Valley. It's a very much mature ecosystem, way more mature than ours. The PM should focus on intellectual thought exchange between Indian entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley. There should be government aided monthly programs to help entrepreneurs realise the global perspective of starting up, growth hacking and globalisation of their companies. The PM should invite Ycombinator and Techstars to start an Indian campus to help innovations reach masses.\u201d\r\n\r\nEchoing similar sentiments was Pradeep Sajjan, CEO, Room on Call, who stated, \u201cIt seems that our PM's itinerary is full of meeting the established and grown up companies that were once startups. I hope the PM's entourage understands how business enablers from government and infrastructure helped them start and more importantly, grow; how the financial policies helped nurture their growth through the initially confusing times; how the state and federal framework went easy on them in their nascent stage; and how the technology infrastructure (internet, banking\/payment, transport, power etc) was made available to startups. Can startups here get something in terms of flexible policies?\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAditi Avasthi, CEO of Embibe, added, \u201c It will be great if Modi could \u00a0focus on learning from the regulatory framework for startups in the valley to truly make India a startup nation.\u201d\r\nMore Visibility, More Investment\r\nAnother expectation from him would be to create more visibility for Indian startups in the Silicon Valley to make way for more alliances amongst startups based in the two countries. This will not only make a way for Indian startups to get easier access to Silicon Valley but also benefit the startup culture in the country and boost innovation. More so, it will lead to greater mergers and acquisitions between startups based in two countries.\r\n\r\nPM Modi's visit to Silicon Valley can act as a new beginning for Indian startup ecosystem, can help in building closer ties between Silicon Valley and India. It can open up an area to implement right policies for capital gains increasing investment from SV in India. This visit can build a strong Bridge between SV and India wherein knowledge transfer smoothen up, lots of investment opportunities open which facilitate the startup ecosystem in India, Saurabh Singla, co-founder of Lazylad said.\r\n\r\nMany US based venture funds now regularly invest in Indian companies. The visit should try to portray India as a more attractive destination to park venture capital as compared to other Asian nations.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUtsav Somani of LetsVenture, said, \u201c I hope this visit increases visibility and helps in forging some strong alliances in terms of M&As (not just acqui-hires) and results in some reverse brain drain."\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMonaaz Mistry\u00a0of\u00a0Lead Angels, \u201cWhat most Indian startups are looking at are easier visas to the US. Also if they wish to recruit people from India they find it very difficult both in terms of cost and time. The US government could consider making these easier and affordable for Indian startups. What Indian government could also do is make it easier for NRIs to invest in Indian startups. There is now a huge amount of paperwork required for NRIs who wish to invest in startups through their foreign currency accounts making it unviable for small investments."\r\n\r\nRecently, Facebook has chosen an Indian startup Tookitaki as it first Facebook Marketing Partner from the country, as a part of its Facebook Marketing Partners Program. The choice of first Indian startup Tookitaki for Ad Technology points out to Facebook\u2019s increasing thrust on the Indian startup system. And if Facebook is bullish on the Indian startup scene, there will be many others who just need to be tapped for boosting startup activity in India. PM\u2019s visit should just send out the right signals to such businesses.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUmair Mohammed of Wizgo Technologies stated who plans to make his startup a\u00a0global entity and US being a big market, believes that this visit will\u00a0hopefully have a positive impact and ease channels for companies that want to have a overall global impact and not just limit themselves to Indian market.\r\n\r\nSulakshan Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO, MySmartPrice expects the prime minister's visit will\u00a0add increasing influx of capital and investment. He also believes that the recent announcement of several smart cities across India will hopefully be met with this increased influx.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdvitiya Sharma, co-founder, Housing.com, says, "Over the next decade, India and US will be the two global super powers. And our joint "Startup Power" will have a huge impact across the globe. If US startup ecosystem through various alliances (MOU's, Partnerships, Incubators etc.) shares their DNA (Knowledge, Experience) of how they built the Silicon Valley and India shares their cutting edge disruptions, over the next decade. Then both the super powers will together transform the world to unimaginable limits. I strongly hope that PM\u00a0will be successful in laying a foundation of strong alliances in tangible ways."\r\n\r\nVishesh Goel, co-founder of FitMeIn\u00a0too expects that the visit\u00a0would help Indian startups get substantial amount of VCs who would invest more and more in the growing startups.\r\n\r\nStartups are also hoping that his visit to Tesla would enable him to put more impetus on fostering more green technology companies in India, thereby leading to a rise in investments in this sector. While the government has shown its penchant to a cleaner India with its Swachh Bharat campaign, but more than the customary lip service, what\u2019s needed is a push to help companies innovate to actually promote sustainable business and technologies. Modi could imbibe a lesson or two from Tesla and take some steps back home to boost incubation of green technologies in India.\r\n\r\n"With PM Modi's historical visit to States we are\u00a0 positive for him not only bringing financial commitments for startup ecosystem but also Silicon Valley startup ecosystem closer to indian Startup ecosystem. As Indian startup ecosystem stakeholders, we feel with this historic visit of PM modi, the MNCs from states will be investing in startup ecosystem to strengthen Indo-Us ties. Big corporates should come ahead to support indian startups to make startup India, Standup India mission a success," added, Vikram Upadhayaya of GHV Accelerator.\r\nA Healthy Ecosystem\r\nLastly, startups also wish that the PM is able to foster a pan-India spirit of entrepreneurship. This is not possible by fringe elements of the ruling party who can anytime hold the fragile ecosystem to ransom. Case in point, the recent ban imposed by the Gujarat government on mobile internet and text message services in the state. Though the ban was for a short duration, yet it caught the startups by surprise, and affected their operations. With the plans to create SMART cities across the country being implemented, such internet bans would spell doom for women safety, street monitoring, online health monitoring services, banking, solid waste management systems and ecommerce.\r\n"I suspect, post this visit to the valley, the PM will have an even higher appetite to make innovation and entrepreneurship succeed in India. The valley vibe is pretty powerful, from anyone starting up to heads of states," said, Jasminder Singh, CEO, NowFloats.\r\nVipul Aggarwal, Founder of Goodservice stated, \u201cWherever Modi has travelled to, he has brought back business to the country. There are high hopes from the Prime Minister. I expect Modi to speak about the rapid emergence of India's start-up\/tech scene and share some of our success stories like Flipkart, Zomato, Ola etc. This will attract both, more investments & more talent to the ecosystem.\u201d\r\n\r\nRavi Kiran, Co-founder of VentureNursery stated, \u201cI hope the PM can help create an\u00a0Innovation Hotline\u00a0between the Silicon Valley and India, making ideas and innovations travel with flui\u200bdity, achieving deeper engagement between entrepreneurs between the two geographies and helping create a wave of global tech companies from India."\r\n\r\nThe next few days will reveal how much of Silicon Valley\u2019s free culture of innovation and entrepreneurship will affect Modi. His visit is short but is long enough a window for him to gauze what has the Valley got right which can be emulated back home. It is too utopian to say that drastic changes will be affected in the startup ecosystem of the country post his visit. But it is not wrong to say, that such an eye opening experience in the world\u2019s most entrepreneurial and free spirited places of all, would definitely shape his view about what things should be done back home to bridge the gap between the two cultures.\r\n\r\nAs the Chinese saying goes, \u201cThe best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.\u201d It\u2019s high time PM Modi sowed the seeds of a healthy start up ecosystem in the country.