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Haryana forms Startup Think-Tank ‘Begin’; To hold Annual Startup Competition ‘SUPRATI’ in Colleges, Varsities

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Delhi’s adjoining state of Haryana has formed a think-tank for startups named as ‘Begin‘ which will support start-up ventures in its Gurugram-based warehouse

Begin is formed by HARTRON (Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation), the Haryana’s nodal agency for promoting electronics and IT. Its objective is to help startups by focusing on the essentials like digital preparedness, intellectual property norms, patents and other legal aspects.

Haryana govt backed Startup Warehouse is located in Gurgaon’s Udyog Vihar at Harton Innovation campus, where currently about 45 startups are working.

In an another report, the higher education department of Haryana is said to be launching an Annual Startup Competition — Startup Pratiyogita (SUPRATI) in colleges and universities across the state. The shortlisted students or teams will be awarded with Rs five lakh of seed money at the state level function,. This announcement was mad yesterday by Haryana’s Education Minister.

The move from the state comes in order to accelerate the startup ecosystem in the state by developing a conducive environment for the Startups and promoting Entrepreneurial Education in the state-based colleges and universities.

A year ago, Haryana got its first startup incubation centre in Panchkula and a provision of Rs 10 crore to support students, who are studying in the state’s colleges and universities and want to launch their own startups.

Last October, NASSCOM collaborated with the Haryana government to launch Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Internet of Things (IoT) at Gurugram. The CoE is part of NASSCOM’s nation-wide network of CoEs announced in 2015.

Prior to that, the state government had announced that it is planning to build the India’s biggest startup hub called Startup Village> in Gurgaon over the next couple of years.

In September 2017, Haryana had also announced setting up of first Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) in Gurugram under Haryana’s new state startup policy.

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