The government is planning to further enhance support to startups in the information and communications technology space with setting up of 51 new startup incubators across India as part of its Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (Tide) 2.0 scheme, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) tweeted on Monday.

Organisations that are into higher learning and R&D with incubators would be able to send proposals, according to the MeitY.  The last date of application is 30th June.

“Proposals for incubation centres will be invited from organisations of higher learning and R&D organisations across India- having incubation facilities,” the ministry tweeted.

The scheme has categorized the selection of incubators into three categories — Group 1 Centre (G1C), G2C, and G3C. While G1C would have incubators offering “deep support” to startups including “mentoring, capacity building, investment and post-investment advisory”, G2C incubators would support “aspiring entrepreneurs and students” to launch their startups. G3C incubators would have to promote entrepreneurship in “unexplored regions”, as per its website.

Moreover, G1C, G2C and G3C should have 6, 25, and 20 incubations centres respectively in order to qualify. G1C should have 3 years and G2C should have 2 years of experience in offering incubation services along with tie-ups with industry bodies. G3C incubators should have at least an incubator or entrepreneurship cell.

Tide 2.0 would offer financial and technical support to incubators supporting ICT startups that are involving usage of deep technologies including artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, and internet of things in “pre-identified areas of societal relevance,” the ministry said.

More than 270 incubators and accelerators, which are managed by academic bodies, private players, government, and corporate, existed in the country till November last year. Over 70 incubators in India have been given financial support by respective state governments in the past two years, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade had said in last year’s States’ Startup Ranking.


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