States’ Startup Ranking 2018 released: Gujarat ranked Best Performer

Gujarat was ranked as the "Best Performer" in the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018. Gujarat allocated Rs 100 Crore budget for Startups and provided assistance to 200 projects.

States Startup Ranking 2018 released Gujarat ranked Best Performer
States Startup Ranking 2018 released Gujarat ranked Best Performer

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on December 20, 2018 announced the results of the first ever States’ Start-up Ranking 2018. DIPP began the exercise to review the Start-up ecosystem of the states from January 2016.

Gujarat was ranked as the "Best Performer" in the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018. Gujarat allocated Rs 100 Crore budget for Startups and provided assistance to 200 projects.


How many States/UTs participated?

A total of 27 States and 3 Union Territories participated in the exercise.

Categories under which states were scrutinized

The DIPP examined the States as leaders across various categories such as Start-up policy leaders, incubation hubs, seeding innovation, scaling innovation, regulatory change champions, procurement leaders, communication champions, North-Eastern leader, and hill state leader.

On the basis of performance in these categories, the States were recognised as the Best Performer, Top Performers, Leaders, Aspiring Leaders, Emerging States and Beginners.

States’ Startup Ranking 2018



Best Performer


Top Performers

Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Rajasthan


Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana

Aspiring Leaders

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal

Emerging States

Assam, Delhi, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand


Chandigarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, and Tripura

Champions: 51 officers from States and Union Territories were identified as “Champions”, who have made significant contributions towards developing their State’s Start-up ecosystem.

Objective behind States’ Start-up Ranking

The key objective of the exercise was to encourage States and Union Territories to take proactive steps towards strengthening the Start-up ecosystems in their states.

The entire exercise was conducted for capacity development and to further the spirit of cooperative federalism.

The methodology behind the exercise was aimed at creating a healthy competition environment wherein States were encouraged further to learn, share and adopt good practices.

Activities undertaken by states to support Start-ups

Awareness workshops in all States

Knowledge workshops in leading incubators

Pairing of States for intensive mentoring

International exposure visits to US and Israel

Intensive engagement between the States with Start-up India team

Video conferencing

Initiatives embarked by DIPP to list the states fairly

DIPP consulted all stakeholders of the Start-up ecosystem and came up with 7 key reform areas as the basis of the States’ Start-up ranking framework.

An online portal was launched by DIPP to enable States in seamlessly submitting their initiatives across these reform areas.

An Evaluation Committee, comprising independent experts from the Start-up ecosystem, assessed the responses across various parameters.

Many parameters involved getting feedback from beneficiaries.

More than 40000 calls were made in 9 different languages to connect with beneficiaries to get real figures at the implementation levels.

National Report on the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018

  • A comprehensive ‘National Report on the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018’ was also released by the Department.

  • The report details the journey of Start-up India, role of Central and State Governments, conceptualisation of the ranking framework, evaluation methodology, capacity development of States, assessment process, feedback from stakeholders.
  • It features the results of the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018 along with the impact it created on the states and the future road map.

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