About Scheme

Scheme for Assistance to Startup/Innovation

Scheme Introduction

In the last decade, India spent less than 1% of the GDP for R&D and Innovation. R&D in India is still largely financed by the government sources. There are around 5,000 Startups world over, in which 2000 are in United States and 1000 are in China. India has only 65 incubators. Countries like Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, etc. have been giving more importance to R&D and Innovation. India is poised to become the youngest country by 2020 with an average age of 29 years, accounting 28% of the world's work force. In view of this, the State needs to explore scientific and technology ecosystems through Startups & incubators that would further empower the youth.

More than 60% of Gujarat Population is in the age group of 15-59. A young population means a young workforce, which, in turn, implies a more innovative and entrepreneurial mind set. The Government is focussed strongly not just on the employability but also on initiating the Startups Incubators/ Centers for developing entrepreneurial skills in the youth.

Startups in an economy's technology sectors is an important indicator of technological performance for several reasons: first, the formation of new firms that focus on the development and introduction of new technology is a major source of innovation and technological advance. Many of these Startups transfer new knowledge or new ideas into products and processes into commercial applications. Startups are likely to bring in new solutions and challenge established by individuals/ companies that enter these new markets.


In view of the strategy under New Industrial Policy the Government is pleased to introduce a "Scheme for Assistance for Startups / Innovation" which will come into force from the date 1.1.2015 and will remain in operation for a period of five years.

Operative Period

Assistance to Startups/Innovation scheme’s operative period is 01 January, 2015 to 31 December, 2019

Scheme Eligibility

Eligibility of Applicants

Any individual/group of individuals having innovative idea/Concept will be eligible.

Eligibility for Institutions

Universities/education institutions, Incubation Centre/PSUs/R&D Institutions/Private and other establishments will be eligible as an institution to support and mentor to innovators as approved by Committee.

Available Assistance

Assistance for Innovation

  • Rs. 10,000/- per month will be provided to the innovator as sustenance allowance for one year whose project is recommended and approved by institution’s Screening Committee.
  • Up to Rs. 5 Lakhs assistance will be provided to the institution for mentoring service annually.
  • Up to Rs. 10.00 Lakhs assistance will be provided for Cost of Raw Material/Components & other related equipment required for the innovative process for the new product development based on approval of the Screening Committee.
  • Institution will support to the innovator by providing mentor services.
  • Institution will allow the innovator to use facilities available in the institution for start ups.
  • Govt. will support selected innovator to get free access to University/Libraries/Govt. Laboratories/SDCs(GIDC)/CoE/PSUs to have more clarity on his innovative ideas/concept.

Assistance once the Idea/Concept get commercialized

  • Marketing/publicity assistance of up to Rs. 10.00 lakhs will be provided for the introduction of innovated product in the market.
  • Project of Innovated Product will be assisted in getting Venture Capital.
  • VAT Related Incentive:
    1. The eligible unit shall pay the net VAT payable under the provisions of the Gujarat VAT Act, 2003 in the Government treasury.
    2. The eligible unit will be allowed reimbursement to the extent of 80% of the net VAT paid excluding the following: (a) Additional Tax, and (b) Reduction of ITC as per the provisions of the G VAT Act, 2003.It is clarified that the amount paid on account of additional tax and the reduction of ITC as per the provisions of the G VAT Act, 2003 shall not be reimbursed.
    3. Only 70% of eligible fixed capital investment of eligible unit will be considered for reimbursement.
    4. The reimbursement will be available for a period of five years from the date of production or the completion of limit of 70% whichever is earlier.
    5. The eligible unit shall be entitled for reimbursement up to 1/5th of eligible limit in a particular year.
    6. Restrictions will he made to ensure that the amount reimbursed is not again claimed by the subsequent dealers by way of tax credit for interstate sales, branch transfer, consignment and export.
    7. The eligible unit shall manufacture the goods in its own unit for which it is eligible for incentives.
    8. The eligible unit shall not transfer its business during the incentive period, nor assign its rights and responsibilities to any other agency.
    9. The eligible unit shall remain in production during the incentive period.
    10. The scheme shall be reviewed under the GST regime, but the total of assistance shall not exceed that available under this scheme.
  • The project will be eligible for other benefits available under MSME schemes

Application Form

Nodal Institutions

Application form for Approval of Nodal Institute.

Online Application Form


Application Form for Innovators’ to availing Assistance under Nodal Institutions for the Startups/Innovation scheme

Online Application Form

Become A Mentor

Experienced mentor from universities, Centre/PSUs/R&D Institutions/Private and other establishments can be registered on website.

Online Application Form

Recommend to Screening Committee

Recommendations of Screening Committee for Innovators’ to availing Assistance under Nodal Institutions for the Startups/ Innovation scheme.

Available from Institutions

Document checklist for institution

  • Registration details of institute (Copy of Memorandum & Article of Association/Partnership deed/ Regn. Under society Act and others if any)
  • In case of CSIR/DSIR approved institutions, copy of registration with CSRIR/DSIR/Others.
  • Detail profile of Institutions
  • Annual audit report of Nodal Institutions for last 2 years
  • Details of facilities (Building/instruments/Infrastructure/Manpower) available with institute
  • Detail CV of all Innovators Viz. Name, Address, Qualification (Brief Resume of all Innovators)
  • Name and Address of Industrial Unit/Institute (In case the innovation is proposed to be undertaken in the location other than Nodal Institute)
  • EM / IEM Copy (Where ever applicable)
  • Name address of University/Laboratory/CoE/PSU’s for the use of facility