New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that India is going to celebrate January 16 as "National Start-up Day".
"To make the culture of start-ups reach the far-flung parts of the country, it has been decided to celebrate January 16 as 'National Start-up Day'," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing start-ups across the country, ANI reported.
He said that 2022 has brought new opportunities for India's start-up sector and organizing of Start-Up India Innovation Week is also important in the 75th year of India's independence. "In this decade, the decisions being taken by the government for innovation, entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem have three major aspects. Firstly, Entrepreneurship- to free it from beauracratic silos. Secondly, Innovation - Institutional mechanism needs to be developed. Thirdly, handholding young innovators."
On Saturday, Prime Minister Modi interacted with over 150 startups to boost the startup ecosystem in the country, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said. Startups from various sectors including Agriculture, Health, Enterprise Systems, Space, Industry 4.0, Security, Fintech, Environment etc took part in this interaction.
Earlier, the PMO in a statement said that more than 150 startups have been divided into six working groups based on themes including Growing from Roots; Nudging the DNA; From Local to Global; Technology of Future; Building Champions in Manufacturing and Sustainable Development.
As a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a week-long event, "Celebrating Innovation Ecosystem", is being hosted by DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, from January 10 to 16. The event marks the 6th anniversary of the launch of the Startup India initiative.