New startup policy based on talks with stakeholders: Dept – Times of India


Panaji: Days after Goa’s IT and startup stakeholders claimed to be in the dark about the proposal to bring in the Goa Startup Policy 2020, the department of information technology (DoIT) shot back, and stated that the government has adopted a “consultative and participatory approach” while preparing the revamped policy.
The department, which is headed by IT minister Jennifer Monserrate, said that the Startup Promotion Cell (SPC) held consultations with government departments, the department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) and startup ecosystem stakeholders.
“For over a month, the SPC has been conducting online surveys and consultations with all startup ecosystem stakeholders and detailed feedback and policy inputs of 105 have been received,” said a department official.
At present, 88 startups have been certified by the SPC, and of these, Startup India and DPIIT have recognised 69 startups. SPC estimates around 150 startups in Goa and 12 incubators cum co-working spaces.
“For the Goa Startup Policy 2020, the department has taken a consultative and participatory approach doing consultation with Goa government departments, central government, DPIIT and startup ecosystem stakeholders in Goa,” an official said.
The statement comes after Goa Technology Association questioned the move to revise the existing startup policy when several startups have failed to benefit from the startup schemes. The “growing conjecture and speculation” about Goa Startup Policy 2020 had to be addressed, said officials.
The Goa Startup Policy 2017 offered 14 incentives and the SPC has received 77 applications from startups for these schemes. Of these 77 applications, 68 startups applied for just three schemes, while nine applications were for five schemes. The remaining six schemes got no takers, the department said.
Goa Startup Policy 2017 expires in September.
The IT department also said that the Goa Startup Policy 2020 is being designed with a post Covid-19 world in mind. “The SPC and DoIT have an open door policy, encouraging and welcoming all ecosystem stakeholders and request they too adorn the same constructive and participative approach,” said the department.

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