Startup India Registration2023-08-25T16:49:45+05:30

Startup India Registration

Eligible Companies, LLPs, and Partnership firms may apply for Startup India Registration and get recognized as Startups by DPIIT, in order to access a host of benefits such as tax exemptions, easier compliance, IPR fast-tracking, access to funds of funds, etc.

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    The Government of India launched the Startup India program on 16 January 2016 to provide support to individuals who aspire to start their own businesses. The main objective of the Startup India Program is to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation and building Startups in the country that would drive sustainable economic growth and generate large-scale employment opportunities.

    Under the Startup India program, the Government of India provides benefits to all those people who have an idea in their mind and want to implement the same.

    The initiative was taken by The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). The success of the Startup India Initiative will eventually make India economically strong and one of the most powerful countries in the world.

    Under this initiative, Startups are eligible for several benefits, including tax incentives such as exemption from capital gains tax, Government assistance in funding, priority for Startups in public procurement, entitlement to an 80% rebate in patent registration fees, as well as a 50% rebate in trademark filing, faster exit norms, and more.

    The benefits above included a provision for Startups to avail the assistance of a self-certification compliance system with respect to labor and environmental laws and exemption from any inspections of their place of business, intends a common platform for stakeholders to interact, facilitation for funding support, and partnership with academia and private sector entities.

    A Startup that meets the eligibility criteria and receives recognition from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), formerly known as the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, can access a range of benefits under the Startup India program and other Government initiatives.

    Startup India Registration Eligibility

    • Type of Business Organisation

    The following entities are eligible for Startup India Registration – 

    1)Private Limited Company formed as per Companies Act, 2013 

    2)Limited Liability Partnership formed as per Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 

    3)Partnership Firm formed as per Partnership Act, 1932

    • Age of Business

    An entity shall be considered a startup up to 10 years from the date of its incorporation.

    • Turnover of Business

    The startup should not have an annual turnover exceeding Rs. 100 crores for any of the financial years since its incorporation

    • Nature of Business Activity

    The startup should work towards innovation, development, or improvement of products or processes, or services, or it should be a scalable business model with a high potential for employment generation or wealth creation.

    • Original Entity

    An entity formed by splitting up or reconstruction of an existing business shall not be considered a ‘Startup’.

    What are the benefits of Startup India Registration?

    • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Benefits

      The Startup India program promises to provide high-quality Intellectual Property resources and facilities. The government offers an 80% rebate on government fees on filing a patent application and a 50% rebate on applying for a Trademark. Also, the patent application of startups is fast-tracked for examination and disposal. It also encourages the Startups to avail the benefits of IPR and commercialize the same.

    • Relaxation in Public Procurement

      All the establishments under the Government of India, the Ministries, Public Departments, and Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) have been asked to relax the norms on the procurement process for Startups. Therefore, the registered Startups can get exemptions on the:-

      • prior experience
      • prior turnover
      • earnest money deposit

      In addition, recognized startups can get listed on the Government e-marketplace (Gem portal) and CPPP portals and shall get relevant updates and information regarding the government tenders.

    • Self-certification under Labour and Environment laws

      The government has given an option to the Startups to self-certify their compliance under 6 Labour Laws and 3 environmental laws for a period of 3 to 5 years. Also, the Startups that fall under the ‘white category’ of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will be able to self-certify compliance with respect to three environmental laws for a period of three years.

    • Tax Exemption

      • The profits and gains derived by an eligible startup from the eligible business may get a 100% exemption for 3 consecutive assessment years out of 10 years from the year of its incorporation. These benefits are provided in order to ensure the growth and development of Startups.
      • To avail of these benefits, a Startup must get a Certificate of Eligibility from the Inter-Ministerial Board (IMB).
      • Recognized Startups are also exempt from tax under Section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act when such a Startup receives any consideration for the issue of shares that exceeds the Fair Market Value of such shares. The Startup has to file a duly signed declaration in Form 2 to DPIIT.
      • Startups are exempted from tax on long-term capital gain if such long-term capital gain is invested in a fund notified by Central Government. The maximum amount that can be invested is Rs. 50 Lakh.
      • Startups are exempted from tax on capital gains arising out of the sale of a residential house or a residential plot of land if the amount of net consideration is invested in a prescribed stake of equity shares of an eligible Startup for utilizing the same for the purchase of a specified asset.
    • Faster Exits

      The government of India has provided the provision of winding up the business of startups within a period of 90 days while it is 180 days for other companies under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC 2016).

    • Fund of Funds

      The most tricky part of running or starting a Startup is to search for and collect funding. Every other company requires money to make money. Therefore, to provide equity funding support for the development and growth of innovation-driven enterprises, the Government has set aside a corpus fund of INR 10,000 crores managed by SIDBI.

      The fund is in the nature of a Fund of Funds, which means that the government participates in the capital of SEBI registered Venture Funds, which invest twice the amount in startups.

    Who can apply for Startup India Scheme?

    • Private Limited Company

    • Limited Liability Partnership

    • Partnership Firm

    • One Person Company (OPC)

    What Is Included In Our Startup India Formation Package?

    • Consultation on Startup Registration Process

    • Verification of Documents and Submission of Application

    • Certificate of Recognition of Startup and recognition number by DIPP or DPIIT

    Startup India Registration Process

    • Check the eligibility criteria

      In the very first step, you have to check whether your business satisfies the Eligibility Criteria provided above. The entity should be a Private Limited Company, LLP, or a Partnership Firm. If your entity is none of these, then you have to register one of these (a Private Limited Company, LLP, or Partnership Firm) and then proceed towards Startup India Registration.

    • Collection of required documents

      Once your business is meeting the eligibility criteria, then the applicant has to send us the required documents as per the checklist. We will then verify the documents and if the documents are fine, then we would proceed with the application process.

    • Submission of Application for Startup India Registration to DIPP/DPIIT

      Once we receive all the required documents, we shall then fill up the relevant forms and apply for Startup India registration on behalf of the Applicant. Once, the application has been successfully applied, you will receive a reference number which has to be preserved for tracking the application status.

    • Get the DIPP Recognition Certificate in 7-10 working days

      Once the Startup India registration application is successfully approved by the respective authority, you shall receive a copy of the DIPP Recognition Certificate along with the DIPP Recognition number within 7-10 working days, subject to the approval of government authorities.

    Documents Required Startup India Registration

    • Certificate of Incorporation / Registration

    • PAN card of the Company/LLP/Firm

    • Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA) of Company

    • LLP agreement or Partnership deed (For Firm and LLP)

    • Link of website, Mobile Application, Videos, Pitch deck, YouTube Channel, Trademark and Patent details, etc.

    • Annual Accounts of the Startup along with Income tax returns certified by CA (optional)


    How much time is needed for getting a Startup recognition certificate in India?2021-09-15T00:20:30+05:30

    On average it takes 10-15 days for completion of Startup India registration. However, this is also dependent on the approval by Government authorities.

    Do I need to be physically present during this process?2021-09-15T00:20:06+05:30

    No, Startup India registration is a completely online process. All the required documents are filed electronically, so you would not need to be physically present at all. You would just need to send us scanned copies of all the required documents & forms.

    Can a One Person Company (OPC) be eligible for Startup India Registration?2021-09-15T00:19:44+05:30

    Yes, a One Person Company (OPC) is a type of Private Limited company, therefore shall be eligible for Startup India Registration.

    Can a foreign company register under Startup India Program?2021-09-15T00:17:24+05:30

    No, presently only Indian Companies. LLP’s, Partnership firms are eligible to get register under Startup India Program.

    Is Trademark or Patent or any other IPR required for Startup India registration?2021-09-15T00:13:35+05:30

    No, there is no mandatory requirement of having a Trademark or Patent or any other IPR. However, it is always advisable to apply for eligible companies to protect their intangible assets.

    What does innovation and improvement mean?2021-09-15T00:11:55+05:30

    The Startup should prove that it is working towards innovation or improvement of a product, process, or service and/or have a scalable business model with high potential for the creation of wealth & employment

    Who shall approve the Startup India registration certificate?2021-09-15T00:11:33+05:30

    The authority to approve and govern the rules for Startup registration is the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) which was formerly known as the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP)

    Will my Company/LLP get tax exemption under Section 80-IAC automatically after I get Startup registered and receive DPIIT/DIPP recognition?2021-09-15T00:11:10+05:30

    No, once your Startup is recognised by DPIIT, you need to make an application in Form-1 along with documents specified therein to the Inter-Ministerial Board of Certification (IMB) and the IMB may after calling for any documents or information or making enquires grant the Certificate under Section 80- IAC for claiming tax exemption or tax holiday for 3 years. Here, only private limited companies or limited liability partnerships are eligible to claim tax exemption whereas Partnership Firm is not eligible.

    Will my Private Limited Company get tax exemption automatically under clause (viib) of sub-section (2) of section 56 after I get Startup registered and receive DPIIT/DIPP recognition?2021-09-15T00:10:38+05:30

    No, once your Startup is recognised by DPIIT, you need to file a duly signed declaration in Form 2 to DPIIT that your Startup meets the prescribed conditions and thereafter you shall get tax exemption automatically under clause (viib) of sub-section (2) of section 56.

    Can I make any corrections or changes to the Startup India registration data?2021-09-15T00:00:56+05:30

    Yes, you can make corrections or changes to the Startup India registration data.

    I have lost my Startup India registration and number, can I get a duplicate Startup India registration?2021-09-14T21:26:59+05:30

    Yes, you can get a duplicate copy of the Startup India recognition certificate.

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