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What qualifies as a "Startup" under the Startup UP Program?

An entity will be considered as Startup under UP Startup Policy 2017  if following conditions are met:

  • Up to 7 years and for biotechnology startups up to 10 years from its date of incorporation / registration.
  • Turnover for any fiscal year has not exceeded INR 100 crore.
  • Should be registered in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Entity should not have been formed by splitting up or reconstruction of a business already in existence.
  • Incorporated as either a Private Limited Company (as defined in the Companies Act, 2013), a Registered Partnership Firm (registered under section 59 of the Partnership Act, 1932) or a Limited Liability Partnership Entity (under the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008).
  • 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.
  • An entity will be a startup on fulfilling the conditions defined by GoUP.
How does a Startup obtain benefits under the Startup UP Program?

Various benefits are defined in the program. As a first step, the startup will have to be recognised as per UP Startup Policy and be incubated at the Incubators recognised under the Up IT & Startup policy.

Can an existing entity register itself as a “Startup” on the Startup UP Portal?

Yes, an existing entity qualifying the eligibility criteria (as per Question1) can register itself on the Startup UP Portal.

What all documents are required to get recognized under this program?

For Startup

  • Registration certificate
  • PAN/TAN/GST
  • Aadhaar
  • Incorporation/Registration No.

For Incubator

  • C.V of authorized representative
  • KYC of authorized representative(PAN) ,(AADHAR)
  • Copy of MOU
How much time does it take to get recognized?

It is totally depends on the evaluation from  nodal agency i.e. Uttar Pradesh Electronic corporation(UPLC) and Government of Uttar Pradesh.

What would be the next step after getting recognized?

Once recognized, Startups can apply for various benefits defined under the policy such as:

  • Monthly allowance of Rs.15,000 for a period of 1 year at Idea Stage.
  • Assistance at Pilot Stage of up to Rs.10 lakh for marketing/commercialization;
  • Cost of filing and prosecution of patent application to incubated startup subject to a limit of INR 2 lakhs per Indian patent awarded and INR 10 lakhs per foreign patent awarded.
  • Self compliance under various labour laws.
Is there any specified format for uploading the one-page write up /note?

No, there is no format for the write-up/note. The note should just explain the innovativeness/impact of the startup.

Once my registration is successful, would I obtain a certificate for it? If Yes, would I be able to download the certificate.

Yes. On successful registration, you would be able to download a recognition certificate.

Can I re-apply if my application is rejected once?

Yes.

Can I register if my company is not incorporated?

No. Incorporation Certificate is a mandatory document while applying for the Startup UP Program. However you can still submit your idea for counselling purposes with a mentor/incubator.

Would a One Person Company (OPC) be eligible to avail benefits under the Startup UP Program?

Yes. One Person Companies are eligible to avail benefits under the Startup UP Program.

Would a Sole Proprietor firm be eligible to avail benefits under the Startup UP Program?

No, a sole proprietor firm is not eligible to avail benefits under the Startup UP Program.

How can I edit my application after successful submission?

Online there will be a provision to edit your application.

For how long would recognition as a “Startup” be valid?

An entity would cease to be a 'startup' upon expiry of:

  • 7 years from the date of its incorporation/ registration, OR
  • If its turnover for any of the financial years has exceeded INR 25 crore; OR
  • If not registered in UP.

Startups would be required to intimate Nodal Department for Startups of any such cases within a period of (  ) days.

Do I need to print an application form and submit the hard copy of the same to complete the process of Startup registration?

No, there is no need to print an application form and submit the hard copy of the same to complete the process of Startup registration

What are the various benefits available under the UP Startup Program?

For Startups

  • At Idea Stage: Startups shall be provided sustenance allowance of INR 15,000 per month for a period of 1 year at the idea stage.
  • At Pilot stage: Startups shall be provided marketing / commercialization assistance of upto INR 10 Lakhs to launch their prototype product /services in the market at Pilot stage.
  • Patent Filing Cost: The cost of filing and prosecution of patent application will be reimbursed to the incubated startup companies subject to a limit of INR 2 lakh per Indian patent awarded and INR 10 lakh per Foreign awarded patents.

For Incubators

  • Capital Grant: Capital grant on setting up of Technology Infrastructure shall be reimbursed upto 75% in the case of Government Host Institutes and 50% in case of other Host Institutes, subject to a maximum limit of INR 1 crore. The same limit shall be applicable to Host Institutions for scaling up existing Incubator / Accelerator. In case the grant amount needs to be increased, the same shall be decided by Empowered Committee on case to case basis.

  • Operational Expenditure: Financial support of maximum INR 5 Lakhs per year for 5 years, covering the deficit of the operational expenditure in running the Incubator / Accelerator.

  • Rebate on Lease/ Rental Space: Reimbursement up to 25% of lease / rental charges on the space in which Incubator / Accelerator operates, shall be eligible with maximum limit of INR 10 lakhs per year, for a period of 5 years or until the Incubator is self-sustainable, whichever is earlier.

  • Reimbursement of paid Stamp Duty and Registration Fee: Incubators / Accelerator shall be eligible for 100% reimbursement of the Stamp Duty and Registration Fee paid on sale/ lease / transfer of land and office space for the first transaction

  • Electricity Duty Reimbursement: 100% reimbursement on electricity duty will be given to Incubator / Accelerator for a period of 5 years

  • Mentorship Assistance: Mentorship Assistance of INR 2 Lakhs per mentor shall be given to Mentors associated with Incubator / Accelerator. This assistance shall be given for covering expenses incurred on coaching, guiding, travelling, lodging etc. Further, Coaches would also be appointed. These coached would be the mentors, who possess deeper knowledge about the local ecosystem of the state.

  • Empanelment of Experts: The State Government shall empanel a pool of experts from diversified fields such as accounting, legal, financial, investment, marketing etc to provide such services to start-ups / Incubators.

For Accelerators

  • Capital Grant: Capital grant on setting up of Technology Infrastructure shall be reimbursed upto 75% in the case of Government Host Institutes and 50% in case of other Host Institutes, subject to a maximum limit of INR 1 crore. The same limit shall be applicable to Host Institutions for scaling up existing Incubator / Accelerator. In case the grant amount needs to be increased, the same shall be decided by the Empowered Committee on a case to case basis.

  • Operational Expenditure: Financial support of maximum INR 5 Lakhs per year for 5 years, covering the deficit of the operational expenditure in running the Incubator / Accelerator.

  • Rebate on Lease/ Rental Space: Reimbursement up to 25% of lease / rental charges on the space in which Incubator / Accelerator operates, shall be eligible with maximum limit of INR 10 lakhs per year, for a period of 5 years or until the Incubator is self-sustainable, whichever is earlier.

  • Reimbursement of paid Stamp Duty and Registration Fee: Incubators / Accelerator shall be eligible for 100% reimbursement of the Stamp Duty and Registration Fee paid on sale/ lease / transfer of land and office space for the first transaction.

  • Electricity Duty Reimbursement: 100% reimbursement on electricity duty will be given to Incubator / Accelerator for a period of 5 years

  • Mentorship Assistance: Mentorship Assistance of INR 2 Lakhs per mentor shall be given to Mentors associated with Incubator / Accelerator. This assistance shall be given for covering expenses incurred on coaching, guiding, travelling, lodging etc. Further, Coaches would also be appointed. These coaches would be the mentors, who possess deeper knowledge about the local ecosystem of the state.

How to register on startinup Portal?

Follow these steps to get registered on Startinup Portal:

Startup

Step 1- Go to Satrtup menu 

Step 2- Click on Startup registration

Step 3- Click on new registration

Step  4- Enter details like- Name, Email Id, Mobile No., Password, Confirm Password.

Step 5- A verification  link will be send to your mentioned Email id, click on link to verify.

Step 6- After link will be verified an OTP will send to your mentioned Email Id as well as mentioned Mobile No.

Step 7- A Startup registration form will open, fill the form and submit it. 

Incubator

Step 1- Go to Incubator menu 

Step 2- Click on Incubator registration

Step 3- Click on new registration

Step  4- Enter details like- Name, Email Id, Mobile No., Password,Confirm Password.

Step 5- A verification  link will be send to your mentioned Email id, click on link to verify.

Step 6- After link will be verified an OTP will send to your mentioned Email Id as well as mentioned Mobile No.

Step 7- An Incubator registration form will open, fill the form and submit it.

Partners 

Step 1- Go to Partners menu 

Step 2- Click on Partners registration

Step 3- Click on new registration

Step  4- Enter details like- Name, Email Id, Mobile No., Password, Confirm Password.

Step 5- A verification  link will be send to your mentioned Email id, click on link to verify.

Step 6- After link will be verified an OTP will send to your mentioned Email Id as well as mentioned Mobile No.

Step 7- An Partners registration form will open, there you have to select type of partner, fill the form and submit it.