National Startup Awards 2022 to be announced on 16th Jan

The results of the National Startup Awards 2022 will be announced by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution & Textiles in the presence of Som Parkash, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry on 16th January 2023 in New Delhi.

Goyal will also launch the MAARG platform (Mentorship, Advisory, Assistance, Resilience, and Growth), which will facilitate mentorship between startups and entrepreneurs across sectors, stages, and functions. The matchmaking phase of the portal, which will be launched on the occasion, will allow startups to connect with mentors and discuss their mentorship needs.

The third edition of the awards, National Startup Awards 2022 will reward outstanding startups and enablers who have demonstrated exceptional capabilities not just in terms of financial gains, but also for the measurable impact on society.

The winning and finalist startups will benefit from the support extended for their business growth, mentorship, funding, partnerships, and market access opportunities, which will further enable them to serve as role models for other entrepreneurs. The winning startups will also be given a cash prize of INR 5 lakh each. One exceptional Incubator and one Accelerator each will also get a cash prize of INR 15 lakh.

To recognize the efforts made by startups in the Hilly Regions and North-East region of India, a separate special category was introduced this year. This category is in addition to the special categories for women–led startups, startups creating rural impact, startups innovating for content delivery in Indic languages, startups working on solutions with potential for import substitution, and innovations for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Startup Awards 2022 invited applications across 17 sectors which were further divided into 50 sub-sectors, and 7 special categories. The sectors included Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Construction, Drinking Water, Education & Skill Development, Energy, Enterprise Technology, Environment, Fintech, Food Processing, Health & Wellness, Media and entertainment, Industry 4.0, Security, Space, Transport, and Travel.

The National Startup Awards 2020 and 2021 have recognized 367 startups as winners and finalists, who have been supported in growing their businesses and creating large-scale impact in the country and globally.

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