By | Danny
According to a September 2019 TiE report, Delhi plays host to more than 7,000 startups. This makes the national capital home to the country’s highest number of active startups, whose combined valuation stands at around $50 billion. The report also states that by 2025, Delhi-NCR is expected to emerge as one of the top five startup hubs worldwide with 30 unicorns, 12,000 startups, and a collective valuation of around $150 billion. These figures indicate why it’s a good time to set up your startup in Delhi. If finding the right office space for your startup feels like an uphill task, Delhi offers the ideal solution. With a wide array of coworking spaces in Delhi that offer flexible pricing and seating arrangements along with multiple office utilities, workshops, mentorship, peer support, and networking, getting started with your venture quickly would be a breeze.
If you still need some more convincing, here are a few notable advantages you can get by choosing Delhi as your startup base.
Government incentives for startups
According to Startup Policy For NCT (National Capital Territory) Of Delhi 2019, the government of Delhi will provide recognized startups or entrepreneurs with interest-free (for the first year followed by a 6% interest rate) loans of up to ₹ 10 lakhs after they complete particular milestones. Startups and aspiring entrepreneurs would also get support from enlisted Chartered Accountants and other professionals to handle company registration, taxation, accounting, etc. You can simply dial 1076 to get a lawyer’s or chartered accountant’s services at your doorsteps.
Recognized entrepreneurs or startups would get their domestic patent filing and other legal fees reimbursed up to a prescribed limit for successfully granted patents. The government (including Delhi Departments/Ministries/PSUs) would also obtain 10% of all goods and services via recognized startups, in accordance with applicable policies and guidelines.
In December 2020, Delhi’s Chief Minister Mr. Kejriwal laid out multiple plans to make the city a global startup hub. Some notable among these were improving the infrastructure (power supply, public transport, roads, etc.), forming a network of coworking spaces, incubators, and fabrication labs, and setting up a hi-tech business park spread across 150 acres at Rani Khera. Once these plans are materialized, Delhi may be a difficult place to get in and set up your business without breaking the bank. This makes now the ideal time to move forward.
If your startup falls under areas like green technologies, medical electronics, mechatronics, robotics, security, hydroponics, edtech, or air pollution control, to name a few, you can benefit from incubation at Electropreneur Park (EP). With Delhi University and IESA (India Electronics & Semiconductor Association) as its partners, it aims to support ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) startups. Over the last 5 years and 6 completed batches of incubation, EP has 32 graduated startups, 8 additional startups mentored in other programs, 25 functional prototypes, 21 new products, and 30 filed patents.
There’s more to consider. Due to its balanced startup ecosystem, raising funds for startups is much easier in Delhi than Bengaluru, which has a top-heavy ecosystem. Additionally, Delhi’s startup ecosystem is performing better (as per 2019 data) than Bengaluru and Mumbai in terms of CAGR (startup funding) and the average ticket size. All these make Delhi the ideal choice for setting up your startup.