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Uber gives chance to pitch your ideas to VCs during a cab ride

Thursday, October 6, 2016 | More »

Cab hailing app Uber Technologies Inc. has partnered with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India to launch a pan-India startup challenge, UberPITCH 2016. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman kicked off this year’s challenge at an event held by industry body FICCI ...


Now, it is easier for startups to avail of intellectual property rights-related benefits

To improve ease of doing business, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said a start-up would now need only a certificate of recognition from the government to avail IPR-related benefits. Earlier, a budding entrepreneur had to go through an elaborate process of approaching an inte...

23 July, 2016 | More »


For founders, it’s easier to get into IIT than get tax benefits under ‘Startup India’ programme

Many startups in India have one or more founders who studied at one of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology after clearing an entrance exam that only three in 100 managed to pass in 2016. Some of them may now be realising there are tougher tests in life. Consider this: In 2016, 12.07 lakh...

20 July, 2016 | More »


Commerce ministry favours extending tax holiday for startups

The Finance Ministry should consider raising tax holiday for startups to 7 years from the current 3 years to encourage budding entrepreneurs, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said. Sitharaman said lots of inputs from startups have been received and “recommendations have ...

30 May, 2016 | More »

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Cabinet to consider intellectual property rights policy

A national Intellectual Property Right (IPR) policy will soon be taken up by the Cabinet for consideration, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. “We are taking it up. In fact it has already reached the cabinet secretariat. I hope it will come on the agenda of the cabin...

14 April, 2016 | More »


Govt working on e-commerce definition for clarity

In view of ‘very complex’ and ‘multi-layered’ business structure of e-commerce firms, the government is working on a proper definition to bring clarity on a host of issues including taxation, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. “…it (e-commerce...

25 November, 2015 | More »

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Commerce ministry to meet state representatives on Wednesday to discuss FDI in e-commerce

The Commerce and Industry Ministry will hold a series of meetings tomorrow with states on issues such as FDI in e-commerce, ease of doing business and promoting country’s trade. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will chair a meeting of states’ ministries to discuss issues...

14 July, 2015 | More »


Nirmala Sitharaman, stakeholders discuss FDI in e-commerce sector

The government today discussed various issues related to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the e-commerce sector with several stakeholders, including Flipkart, Snapdeal and industry associations. “It was the first meeting… We are not taking any position this way or that way from the Min...

14 May, 2015 | More »