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Union Minister Piyush Goyal urges Global Venture Capital Funds to focus on Startups from Tier 2 and 3 cities

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WebdeskJan 14, 2022, 04:48 PM IST

Union Minister Piyush Goyal urges Global Venture Capital Funds to focus on Startups from Tier 2 and 3 cities
Union Minister Piyush Goyal said the government has taken several steps to support the Startups and would do so in the future (File)

It was also highlighted in the meeting that the government has undertaken 49 regulatory reforms to enhance Ease Of Doing Business, Ease Of Raising Capital and Reduce Compliance Burden, specifically for the Startup ecosystem.

 

New Delhi, 14 January (H.S.): Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Piyush Goyal, has called upon the Global Venture Capital (V.C.) Funds to focus more on Startups from Tier 2 and 3 cities. Chairing the 4th Roundtable with Global Venture Capital Funds, organised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Goyal invited the V.C.s to explore new sectors for investing, promote and protect the intellectual property created by the young Indian entrepreneurs, provide expertise to scale-up and explore greater capital infusion including risk capital. He added the government has already taken several steps to support the Startups and would do so in the future.

It was pointed out in the meeting that India is home to over 61,000 recognised Startups spread across 55 industries, with 45% of them emerging from Tier 2 and 3 cities and 45% of Startups having at least one Woman Director, a testimony of diversity, spread and inclusivity of the Indian Startup ecosystem. It was also highlighted that, specifically for the Startup ecosystem, the government has undertaken 49 regulatory reforms to enhance Ease Of Doing Business, Ease Of Raising Capital and Reduce Compliance Burden.

The roundtable was held through video conference as part of the Startup India Innovation Week. Over 75 V.C. fund investors from across the United States, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and some Global Funds domiciled in India participated in the deliberations. These funds have a total Assets Under Management (AUM) of more than USD 30 billion in the Indian Region. Several suggestions were made by the Global V.C. funds, which they felt could further the investors' sentiment in the sector.

The intent of this roundtable was to share a progress report of the current Indian Startup-VC Ecosystem, insights on impact investing, India's global outlook and the opportunities and interventions for the way ahead of V.C. investments in India.

The roundtable discussion covered topics like Building for the World from India, An Impact, SDG and Digital India Outlook, Regulatory updates for Global and Domestic Funds, India Opportunity - How policies have shaped up the Ecosystem and Way Forward and Vision for India @ 2047. The session also covered the top regulatory issues to be addressed with the Government of India.

The meeting was attended by Anurag Jain, Secretary, DPIIT and major Indian regulators, policymakers, along with Global V.C. Funds.

DPIIT is organising Startup India Innovation Week from 10th to 16th January 2022. In the context of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', this virtual innovation celebration is designed to showcase the spread and depth of entrepreneurship across India. The programme is bringing together top policymakers, industry, academia, investors, Startups and all ecosystem enablers from across the globe.

(Hindusthan Samachar/Manish K Singhal)

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