Grand Finale of Startup India Punjab witnesses winners from all age groups coming with innovative ideas

Self-cleaning toilets,  interactive 3D textbooks, smart device for speech impaired and bindis that can provide nutrition to pregnant women steal the show


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15 winners who emerged from the 523 ideas that had been submitted in varied fields such as social sector, IT/Digital marketing/E-commerce, health and wellness, agriculture and manufacturing today felicitated by PWD and Information Technology Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla and Minister of Industries & Commerce Mr. Sunder Sham Arora during Grand Finale of the Startup India Punjab Yatra organised at the Indian School of Business, Mohali.

10The program saw winners from across all age groups coming up with innovative ideas like self-cleaning toilets;  interactive 3D textbooks; a smart device for giving a voice to speech impaired individuals; and bindis that can provide nutrition to pregnant women.

The event was also attended by home grown startup stalwarts like Mr. Samar Singla, CEO & Founder, Jugnoo and Ms. Priyanka Gill, CEO & Founder, Popxo. Samar interacted with the participating students and shared his views on the importance of utilizing the resources the state has to offer. Further he mentioned that the key to Punjab’s growth are Punjabis and it is through their effort that Punjab can start a new revolution for startups in India. Star woman entrepreneur, Priyanka spoke about her journey from a small village near Abohar in Punjab to establishing India’s largest digital community for women. She spoke about the key ingredients in any entrepreneur’s journey i.e. education, having faith, being resilient and not taking no for an answer.

7The month long Startup India Punjab Yatra was flagged off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on 16th January 2019. In order to scout promising entrepreneurs across the state, the Startup India Mobile Van travelled to 19 locations to spread awareness and to capture innovative ideas.

In addition, 8 Bootcamps followed by pitching sessions were conducted at eminent educational institutes in the State. At all these locations, the organizers were met with great enthusiasm and it was heartening to see the youth’s unrelenting passion and determination to translate their innovative ideas into reality.

95000 budding entrepreneurs utilized the Yatra platform to showcase their ideas to key Startup ecosystem players. The 118 best ideas and solutions that surfaced through the Yatra were shortlisted and provided with acceleration support to propel their Startup journey.

The objective of this Yatra was to identify a community of change makers in the State who have the potential to become the next big startup unicorns and make Punjab a hub for Innovative Growth. He added that the State aims to provide Startups with the necessary academic networking and funding opportunities, along with supporting Startups throughout their lifecycle, from an idea to a prototype to a successful Startup.

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Punjab Chief Minister directs departments to focus on revival of existing businesses in new industrial policy

  • Calls for `Business First’ philosophy, seamless integration of services to facilitate industrial development

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has underlined the importance of revival of existing industries in the new industrial policy, which should focus on promoting a `business first’ philosophy.

Chief Minister emphasized on the need for a mindset change in the government, with focus on facilitation. Industry and business houses should be treated as partners and not be subjected to suspicion, he said.

The new policy should focus on revival of industry, with preference to existing industries, said the Chief Minister addressing a meeting to discuss the state’s new draft industrial policy, adding that the state should extend all possible help to industries and businesses, especially to MSMEs, to develop and expand.

The discussion also centred on the need for infrastructure development to facilitate business and it was proposed to set up a Punjab State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation for this purpose, according to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

Besides upgradation of the power sector, the policy would look at the development of four industrial parks and 10 industrial estates as part of the policy, which will be focused on enhancing ease of doing business in Punjab.

Identifying the services sector as a key priority in the proposed policy, the Chief Minister said his government was targeting a total investment of Rs 5 lakh crore in five years around the seven core strategic pillars of growth. These pillars have been identified as Infrastructure, Power, MSME, Startup and Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Ease of Doing Business and Investment Promotion, and Fiscal Incentive. The policy, being prepared to synergies with the central government industrial policy, would envisage one anchor unit for all the priority sectors.

Promotion of entrepreneurial business would be a key focus area of the policy, said the Chief Minister, adding that the thrust should be on facilitating the development of 1000 start-ups to enable economic growth and employment generation in the state. It is proposed to set up 50 entrepreneurship skill development centres in colleges to encourage and motivate youth to go in for self-employment.