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Rajasthan is the home for entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. Millions of young minds with brilliant idea, new age thinking and extraordinary skills are ready to take ahead the startup drive. Leveraging this quality of business-brains of the state, Department of IT&C conceptualized an integrated startup platform called, iStart Rajasthan.
Qrate is the only startup rating mechanism in the country, accepted by all leading VCs & Investors. It is an assessment program which provides a detailed report on the startup’s potential and investment worthiness. Much like a health check-up report from a diagnostic lab helps you identify problem areas and take corrective action to improve your health, the scorecard and assessment report provides startup founders actionable insights to help them strengthen their business plan, and improve their chances of getting funded. Under this program, boot-camps are organised to refine their product, strategy, business plans, market position and to work over their shortcomings and limitations.
‘Challenge for Change’ is designed especially to give youth an opportunity to partner with state government, implement their ingenious solutions and get direct work orders worth INR 1 Crore each. In this one of its kind initiative in India, the entrepreneurs can directly apply to the program for specific opportunities, showcasing their idea, and collaborate with the government without following the traditional tendering process, they are neither required to furnish any EMD, nor have any minimum years of prior experience or minimum turnover.
Rajasthan Stack is curated as a single destination for all the e-governance and technological requirements for the residents of the state as well as for budding entrepreneurs. Rajasthan Stack is essentially an integrated platform which offers multiple services to sort out the technology requirements of startups. Each service, resource, application, and infrastructure offered by the Government of Rajasthan can be accessed for free. The idea is to encourage startups and provide them ease of doing business, thereby paving the path for a concrete startup infrastructure in the state. The platform is open for startups at the national level and offers a stack of APIs that would otherwise require much hassle to get access to and work through.
Student Startup Exposure Program was implemented to create a strong entrepreneurship pipeline among the youth of the state. Through the exposure program, Rajasthan government will send 100 selected students from the state to an all-expense paid residential learning program in Silicon Valley. The program is open to any student pursuing higher education in any college of the state of Rajasthan. The top 100 selected students from the state will be hosted by Menlo College in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley. Over the course of two weeks, they will learn various aspects of building a tech product startup from renowned experts in the global startup ecosystem. The participants will receive mentorship to build their prototype and pitch it to prospective investors in the Silicon Valley and gain feedback from them.
"wifistudy - India's No. 1 Study Channel" is a boon for the job aspirants on the internet world. It has just spread the awareness of Digital India through the online learning. We urged iStart to enlist wifistudy and we got awesome mentor-ship, guidance, and support in return. From the same time, we noticed superior growth in the success of the startup. We’re heartily thankful to iStart Rajasthan.
“iStart program is was a boon to Seek4Care. This massive ecosystem immensely supported us from finding and focusing on problems to build the idea, MVP, Beta product and then Go-to-Market. Here we need not to worry about office, guidance, funds, networking and for all other resources, everything is non-monetary for startups. We are blessed and super motivated to reach the goals.”
We are really thankful to Department of Information technology and communication, Government of Rajasthan for approving marketing assistance through iStart Rajasthan. We really appreciate the initiatives taken by government of Rajasthan for StartUps for providing such helpful services to startups like us for our survival and growth. A2 studios is really obliged for the support provided by Govt. of Rajasthan like incubation space and mentor support. We were provided with fully equipped work stations to perform our routine business activities and currently operating from the incubation center. Also we have got two mentors (Mr. Rakesh and Mr. Awnish) at Kota incubation center who are dedicatedly supported and mentored us and helped us grow. Now we are planning much faster growth with the allocated fund. With this fund, we will market our product and increase our business with higher speed and will soon reach our set objectives based on our planning and budget allocation. We will try our best to be most successful startup of Rajasthan.
Great support from Govt. Of Rajasthan by iStart Nest, Kota. When I joined in April 2018, I never knew that I’ll receive this type of support, including mentorship, office infrastructure free of cost, networking events and sessions, knowledge sessions, idea nurture and execution support. I also got chance to attend events organized by Govt. as Job fairs, Digifest. I also got support for marketing assistance fund that is really helping us to penetrate in market at nominal debt amount. Thanks iStart Nest, Kota and Govt. of Rajasthan DOIT&C Department.
Sustenance allowance was a boom for our startup, it helped us to cover the overhead expenses which were very tough. We are very grateful to iStart Rajasthan for giving us a support which none of the states have provided. This is really a great initiative by any state government and will definitely benefit many startups.
“We at ToRoots, got into the iStart program at the very inception and we were in the first batch of startups supported by the program. Initially we were skeptical about it as it is a government program, but we are happy to say that we took the right decision joining it. iStart is just not another government initiative. The most beautiful thing about it is that the government has created the perfect ecosystem, with all the right elements which are required for early stage startups to set their base and grow, be it the right mentorship, funds and fundraising support, infrastructure, connects (whatever required) and much more. Also the good thing government has done is instead of driving it directly, they have put together the right team (relevant for startups like accelerators, angel networks, strategic consulting forms etc.) to drive it, and they themselves are playing the supporting role as an enabler to fulfil whatever requirements might be for the startups to grow. We received seed funding from the government as well as from angel investors. Also the right mentoring have been very helpful to steer us in right direction and fine tuning the business model and setting up operational items in right way. Summarizing it, iStart is a perfect program for early age startups like us to build the right foundation and grow. There have been challenges on the way but we understand that iStart is also like a startup which has evolved and came a long way so far in creating an ecosystem which is continuously improving and becoming strong.”
Freshokartz was in a stage where we were struggling to get right kind of mentorship support which was critical for our business to grow. A startup person never have complete experience of everything they need external source to get those information. We applied for iStart and currently we are getting all the supports like mentor-ship, market access, fund access, external industry expert networking. At the same time if your startup shows positive growth or you want to validate your idea, you need some amount of funds, iStart provides that. We Freshokartz got Bhamashah Techno Fund and Marketing assistance fund to grow our business and because of these funds we have reached to a certain level in our business.
"The journey with iStart Rajasthan program have been one filled with smiles and wise learning. The assistance from the iStart team, both financial and non-financial has contributed immensely to our growth path. The marketing assistance loan of Rs.10 Lakhs was indeed processed in a timely manner after some initial hiccups. The incubation support and mentorship have been the highlight of our association, with Dhawal and Madhukar ever ready to take out time to make the experience a notch better. The office space makes us feel very comfortable, keeps us driving and motivating to do more every day. The place is also flexible to our ideas which makes it homely and help us take ownership in many ways and this is also one of the important aspects of being working as a startup. iStart Nest allows us to focus upon the important issues, giving us more head-space by taking care of our primary needs as a startup.”
iStart is a platform through which I was able to Start my start, it provided me the office space, energy to make my team, Contacts networking and connected to many Inspirational Entrepreneurs from Jaipur & also from other parts of Country. Also provided us the new office space with all the resources that kept us motivating to just focus on work and achieve our dreams. My sincere thanks to Istart & Doit team for that !
Kalaage was started by me in 2016 in Jaipur. But lack of opportunity and infrastructure led us to Gurgaon. Its 2018 today and coming back to Jaipur, along with entire team, was for us a risky move. But, iStart proved to be a pure blessing. Not only did we get the required official and infra support but also financial and intellectual support from the mentors. iStart is not just for those who have just started their journey, but even established companies can easily take full benefit of its schemes and programs.
My experience with iStart has been really great. For early stage Startups it’s a dream place to work, we have experienced mentors dedicated to each startup, fast speed internet with 24*7 open work place without any charges. All you need is to focus on your startup. What else a startup wish for !!
'iStart is one of its kind initiative by Govt. of Rajasthan to promote startups at any stage via their flagship schemes like BTF, QRATE etc. Truly transforming the land of marwaris into the land of entrepreneurs' For any startup across the country, Be here - Start Up