In a bid to give a major fillip to startups in India, the government on Friday Launched 'Chunauti'- Next Generation Startup Challenge Contest. Under this programme, the government aims to identify around 300 startups working in identified areas and provide them seed fund of up to Rs 25 lakh among other facilities.

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the contest to further boost startups and software products with special focus on Tier-II towns of India. The Startups can apply by visiting the website of STPI or by clicking at the link

The government has earmarked a budget of Rs 95.03 Crore over a period of three years for this programme. It aims to identify around 300 startups working in identified areas and provide them seed fund of up to Rs 25 Lakh and other facilities.

Under this challenge, the Ministry of Electronics and IT will invite startups in the following areas of work:

  1. Edu-Tech, Agri-Tech & Fin-Tech Solutions for masses
  2. Supply Chain, Logistics & Transportation Management
  3. Infrastructure & Remote monitoring
  4. Medical Healthcare, Diagnostic, Preventive & Psychological Care
  5. Jobs & Skilling, Linguistic tools & technologies

How Will Chunauti Help?

  1. The startups selected through Chunauti will be provided various support from the Government through Software Technology Parks of India centers across India.
  2. They will get incubation facilities, mentorship, security testing facilities, access to venture capitalist funding, industry connect as well as advisories in legal, Human Resource (HR), IPR and Patent matters.
  3. Besides seed fund of up to Rs. 25 Lakh, the startups will also be provided cloud credits from leading cloud service providers.
  4. Start-ups who are in the ideation stage may be selected under the pre-incubation programme & mentored for up-to six months to evolve their business plan & solution around the proposed idea.
  5. Each intern (start-up under pre-incubation) will be paid Rs. 10,000/- per month up to a period of 6 months.

Speaking at a virtual event, Prasad said that the launch is a bold initiative under the clarion call for Atmanirbhar Bharat given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He urged the young, talented innovators of India to come forward and avail benefits of Chunauti challenge of Government and create new software products and app.