OUTLOOK August 28, 2020
Launching next-generation startup contest `Chunauti” which aims to encourage startups and software products with special focus on Tier-II towns, was Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The objective of the programme is to identify around 300 startups working in identified areas and provide them seed fund (up to Rs 25 lakh) and other facilities. The Ministry of Electronics and IT will invite startups in areas such as edu-tech, agri-tech and fin-tech solutions for masses; and will also cover supply chain, logistics and transportation management; as well as infrastructure and remote monitoring. Other areas include medical healthcare, diagnostic, preventive and psychological care; and jobs and skilling, linguistic tools and technologies.
Startups selected through ”Chunauti” will be extended government support through the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) centers across India. The digital training and skilling center of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) also laid the foundation stone at Muzaffarpur in Bihar.