The only logical way for the Indian startup ecosystem to climb up from its current number three rank to the numero uno position in the world startup ecosystem is by making sure that each state in the country is contributing its bit towards the cause. In order to ensure that the state of Chhattisgarh is pulling its weight in realising Modi's vision of making India "a nation of job creators instead of a nation of job seekers," the state government has selected 36 promising startups in the state under its 'Start-up Chhattisgarh Grand Challenge' initiative launched last year that aims to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation in the state.

Yesterday saw the state Chief Minister Raman Singh felicitating the 36 shortlisted startups under the first phase of the 'Start-up Chhattisgarh Grand Challenge' during an event organised by the state Commerce and Industry department. State Industries Minister Amar Agrawal, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Principal Secretary, IT, Aman Singh and other senior officials also graced the event with their presence.

The final 36 were selected of the total 3,858 ideas submitted. The selection was carried out by the screening committee formed under the Commerce and Industry department.

Launched last year, the first phase of the programme included boot camps being conducted in all the 27 districts of the state to collect ideas for incubation.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh commented, "Youths need to be fearless to bring their ideas into commercial products. This initiative ('Start-up Chhattisgarh') can provide wings to a lot of young talented people for becoming tomorrow's entrepreneurial leaders."

Singh further added that his government understands the need for innovation and youth entrepreneurs, and is ready to fuel the passion of anyone in the state who's willing to make the state and country a better place to live in with their invention, products or services.

In addition to facilitating the shortlisted 36 startups of the 'Start-up Chhattisgarh Grand Challenge,' Singh also used the occasion to inaugurate "36 inc.", Chhattisgarh's only Atal Innovation Mission sanctioned incubator.

The incubates of 36 inc will get professional help in building their prototypes, developing their business plans, scouting investors/funding and even market testing the finished product/service.

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