Maharashtra Startup Week Announced to Promote Innovative Startups

On July 2nd, 2024, the Maharashtra State Innovation Society, a department under the State Government’s Department of Skill, Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, announced the organization of the ‘Maharashtra Startup Week’. This event aims to foster collaboration between innovative startups and the government, promoting the integration of startup products and services into administrative systems.

Minister Mangalprabhat Lodha, who shared this information during his visit to Pune for Skill Development Day, emphasized that this initiative offers startups an opportunity to work with the government and bring innovation to administration. He also stated that twenty-four winning startups will receive office orders worth up to Rs 15 lakh each to pilot their products and services with various government departments.

Startups in sectors such as agriculture, education and skills, administrative technology, health, mobility, advanced technology, smart infrastructure, and sustainable sectors (clean energy, waste management, water management) are encouraged to apply for participation.

The Maharashtra Startup Week has been held five times previously, with over 120 startup winners currently collaborating with various government organizations and departments. In addition to this event, an all-India level conclave is planned to foster collaboration between Maharashtra’s startup ecosystem and investors nationwide.

The Maharashtra State Innovation Society is also implementing various schemes, activities, and programs related to the startup and innovation sector to achieve the objectives of the Maharashtra State Innovation Startup Policy. These initiatives include the establishment of incubators, Grand Challenges, Hackathons, Quality Assurance and Certification Funding Scheme, and Intellectual Property Rights Funding Scheme.

Interested startups can apply by visiting the official website of the Maharashtra State Innovation Society and applying before August 1, 2024. For more information, visit the official website or email the society. The occasion was attended by Secretary of Skill, Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Department Ganesh Patil, Commissioner of Maharashtra State Innovation Society Nidhi Chaudhary, Director of the Directorate of Business Education and Training Digambar Dalvi, and Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra State Skill University Apoorva Palkar.

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