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Eligibility criteria for Startups

Eligibility criteria for Startups

Startup Definition (As defined by DIPP)


Startup means an entity, incorporated or registered in India :

  • Up to 7 years and for biotechnology startups up to 10 years from its date of incorporation / registration
  • Incorporated as either a Private Limited Company or a Registered Partnership Firm or a Limited Liability Partnership
  • Turnover for any fiscal year has not exceeded INR 25 crore
  • Entity should not have been formed by splitting up or reconstruction a business already in existence
  • Working towards innovation, development or improvement of products or processes or services, or if it is a scalable business model with a high potential of employment generation or wealth creation

Provided further that a Startup shall be eligible for tax benefits only after it has obtained certification from the Inter-Ministerial Board, setup for such purpose.