Startup India Recognition

Startup India is an Indian Government initiative that is intended to build a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and startups in the country to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. Through this initiative, the government aims to empower Startups to grow through innovation and design.

The objectives of the Startup India Movement are outlined below. The action plan envisages supporting the startups and more:

  • Enhanced infrastructure, including incubation centres
  • IPR facilitation, including easier patent filing
  • The better regulatory environment, including the tax benefits, easier compliance, improved setting up of a company, fastest mechanism and more.
  • A goal to increase the funding opportunities
  • Provide a vast networking database for the entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the startup ecosystem.

Eligibility Criteria

The startup must meet the following eligibility criteria to avail the DPIIT Certificate of Recognition:

  • Period of Existence of Entity: The Period of existence and operations of the company should not exceed 10 years from the date of formation
  • Type of Entity: The DPIIT Certificate of Recognition is provided for the company which is incorporated as a Private Limited Company, a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) or a Registered Partnership Firm.
  • Annual Turnover: To get the DPIIT Certificate of Recognition, The firm should have an annual turnover of Rs. 100 crore for any of the fiscal years since its federation
  • Original Entity: To avail the DPIIT Certificate of Recognition, the company should not have been incorporated by splitting up or recreating an already existing entity.
  • Innovative & Scalable Entity: The entity should be working towards development or improvement of a product, process or service.
  • The entity should have a scalable business model with high potential for the creation of wealth and employment. The firm should have the potential to generate employment or create wealth.

Procedure to get DPIIT Certificate

The entity should follow the below-mentioned simple steps to get the DPIIT certificate of recognition.

Incorporation of the Business

As stated above, the entity must first incorporate the business as a Private Limited Company or a Partnership firm or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).

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Registering Business with the Startup India Scheme

The business needs to be registered with the Startup India Scheme to get the DPIIT certificate of recognition.

Apply for Start-up Recognition

The applicant unit need to access the Start-up India Recognition portal for Register with Start-up India to get the DPIIT Certificate of Recognition for Startups.

Provide the following details in the Start-up Recognition application :

  • Entity Details: Nature of Entity, Industry, Sector, Categories and Company Incorporation Number and Registration Date
  • Full Address of the Entity
  • Details of the Authorized Representative
  • Directors or Partner Details
  • Details of Intellectual Property Right
  • Details of funding
  • Recognition received by the entity

Get the Startup Recognition Number

The DPIIT Certificate of Recognition for Startups will be issued after examination of the application and documents submitted.

Once the ministry approves the application and provides the unique startup recognition number, the startup can be registered with tax benefits.

Benefits for DPIIT Recognized Startups

The startups can avail the following benefits after obtaining the DPIIT Certificate of Recognition for Startups:

Self Certification

After obtaining the DPIIT Certificate of Recognition for Startups, the entity will be allowed to self-certify compliance under 3 Environmental Laws and 6 Labour Laws.

Start-Up Patent Application

The DPIIT recognized startups are required to pay only 80% of the fees on Patents, trademark, copyrights and design, and the fast-tracking of a patent application will be available for startups.

Easier Public Procurement Norms

  • The DPIIT recognized startups will get an opportunity to list the product on Government e-Marketplace.
  • DPIIT recognized startups are exempted from submitting Earnest Money Deposit
  • Exemption from Prior Experience/Turnover is provided for Start-ups in all Central Government ministries and departments.

Easy winding up of Company

According to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, the company can be wound up within 90 days of applying for insolvency

Funds of Funds

The startups will be eligible for Rs.10000 crore funds of funds from the Alternative Investment Funds.

Credit Guarantee fund

The startups can avail Rs.2000 crore Credit Guarantee fund through the National Credit Guarantee Trust Company or SIDBI over 4 years

Tax Exemptions

  • After obtaining the Certificate of Recognition, the startup can apply for Tax exemption under section 80 IAC of the Income Tax Act.
  • The DPIIT recognized startups can apply for Angel Tax Exemption.
  • After obtaining the clearance for Tax exemption, the DPIIT recognized startups are exempted from income tax for 3 consecutive fiscal years out of its first ten years since formation.

Why Choose IndiaFilings ?

IndiaFilings is a trusted partner for entrepreneurs and startups seeking recognition and registration under the Startup India initiative. With our expertise and in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape, IndiaFilings simplifies the complex process of obtaining startup India recognition. We offer comprehensive services that include preparing the necessary documentation, guiding you through the eligibility criteria, and ensuring compliance with all the requirements set forth by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

By choosing IndiaFilings, startups can navigate the bureaucratic hurdles seamlessly, allowing them to focus on their core business activities while reaping the benefits and incentives offered under the Startup India program.

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To register a company in India, the first step is to obtain name approval for the business from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). This process takes about 24-48 hours. A private limited company name in India must end with the words private limited. One Person Company ends with (OPC) private limited. LLP end with LLP and Section 8 companies can end with words like foundation, association or institution.

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Proprietorship vs Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) vs Company

Features Proprietorship Partnership LLP Company
Definition Unregistered type of business entity managed by one single person A formal agreement between two or more parties to manage and operate a business A Limited Liability Partnership is a hybrid combination having features similar to a partnership firm and liabilities similar to a company. Registered type of entity with limited liability to the owners and shareholders
  • Sole Ownership
  • Min 2 Partners
  • Max 50 Partners

For One Person Company
  • 1 Director
  • 1 Nominee Director
Registration Time 7-9 working days
Promoter Liability Unlimited Liability Limited Liability
  • LLP Deed
  • Incorporation Certificate
Governance - Under Partnership Act LLP Act, 2008 Under Companies Act,2013
Transferability Non Transferable Transferable if registered under ROF Transferable
Compliance Requirements
  • Income tax filing if turnover is more than Rs.2.5 lakhs
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Startup India FAQ's

Who is eligible for Startup India?

To register with Startup India, an entity must meet specific criteria.
  • Applicants must be Indian citizens aged 18 or older.
  • It is recommended that the date of incorporation of the company be at least ten years old.
  • The Company should have been incorporated as a Partnership Firm, Private Limited Company, or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • A company's annual turnover should not exceed Rs.100 crore in any financial year since incorporation.
  • The Company or Entity should have been formed initially by the promoters and not by splitting up or reconstructing an existing business.
  • The startup should have a plan for developing or improving a product, process, or service and have a scalable business model with a high potential for creating wealth & employment.
  • Companies working towards developing a new product or service can avail of benefits under the Startup-is India policy.

Is Startup India a scheme?

Startup India is a vital government scheme launched on 16th January 2016 to provide financial assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs. Additionally, it provides entrepreneurs with a platform for networking with industry experts, investors, and other stakeholders. The scheme also encourages research, development, and technology transfer in the country. This scheme helps create more jobs in the country and boost economic growth.

Does the government give funds to startups?

The easy availability of financing is a critical issue for entrepreneurs looking to expand their Startups. Due to a lack of funding, many business concepts stay on the ground. To address this issue, the Indian government has established a few Schemes through which the government provides financial aid to entrepreneurs. Startups can use these funds for research and development, marketing, and other activities to help them grow their business.

Can a One Person Company get Startup India Recognition?

As One Person Company is a form of a company it can be recognized as a Startup.

How many days are required to obtain the Startup India Recognition Certificate?

It requires around 7-10 working days , the government officers check all the information and the documents that are provided.

For how many years an entity get the recognition of startup?

For the period of 10 years from the date of incorporation up to the turnover the increases the limit of Rs.100 crore in any financial year.

How to connect with other startups and investors after getting the Startup recognition?

Once the registration is done you can connect to the other startups, the investors or the incubators on the startup India portal.

Can the tax benefits availed as soon as the certificate is obtained?

After registering under this scheme the entity will be eligible to avail certain tax benefits, but one has to apply seperately on the portal to avail it.

What is  Startup India recognition?

The companies are eligible to get recognized as DPIIT Department of Industrial policy and Promotion which gives access to tax benefits, easier compliances, IPR fast tracking and more.

Who can get Startup India Registration?

Private Limited Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Registered Partnership firms can obtain Startup recognition certificate.

What is DPIIT?

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade grants the startup recognition certificate based on certain conditions.

Related Business Registrations

In addition to registration or incorporation, a business may require other registrations depending on the business activity undertaken. Talk to an Advisor to find out registrations your business may require post registration.

MCA Compliance

Every registered entity must fulfill its compliance obligations at the end of each financial year. These typically encompass tasks such as auditing financial records, filing income tax returns, and submitting annual forms to the MCA.

Form Company Compliance Due date Penalty
COB Filing Commence of Business Certificate To be filed before 180 days of company Incorporation Rs.50,000 for non-compliance
DIR 3 EKYC Any director with DIN Before 30th September every year Deactivation of the DIN
A late filing fee of Rs.5,000
Disqualification of the Directors
Form ADT 1 Appointment of auditor Within 15 days from the date of appointment of the Auditor Late fees will be applicable, with fees ranging from 2 to 12 times the nominal fee, depending on the number of days of delay.
Form AOC 4 Filing financial statements of the company 30 days from the conclusion of the AGM Late fees will be applicable, with fees ranging from 2 to 12 times the nominal fee, depending on the number of days of delay.
Form MGT 7 Annual Returns of the Company 60 days from the conclusion of the AGM

In addition to the above filings, depending on the type of entity and business activity more compliance filing maybe applicable. Please check with an IndiaFilings Advisor to help you with the compliance for your company.

All Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) registered in India are required to file statutory returns with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) each year. IndiaFilings can help you maintain your LLP Compliance at a very affordable price.

Form LLP Compliance Due date Penalty
DIR 3 KYC For every designated partners of a limited liability partnership (LLP) with DIN Before 30th September every year Deactivation of the DIN
A late filing fee of Rs.5,000
Disqualification of the Partners
Form 11 Annual Returns May 30th every year Late fees will be applicable, with fees ranging from 1 to 50 times the nominal fee, depending on the number of days of delay.
Form 8 Statements of Accounts and Solvency 30th October every year Late fees will be applicable, with fees ranging from 1 to 50 times the nominal fee, depending on the number of days of delay.

Apart from the aforementioned filings, there might be additional compliance filings that could be relevant for LLPs. Please consult with an IndiaFilings Advisor to assist you with the compliance needs of your LLP.

Entity Form Due date
Private Limited Company Annual Return (Form MGT-7) 60 days from the conclusion of the AGM or 28th November 2024 (Which Ever is Earlier)
Financial Statements (Form AOC-4) 29th October 2024
DIR-3 KYC 30th September 2024
Form DPT-3 30th June 2024
Form ADT-1 15th October 2024
ITR 6 (Non audit case) 31st July 2024
ITR 6 (Audit Cases) 31st October 2024
GSTR 9 31st Dec 2024
Limited Liability Partnership ITR 5 (Non audit case) 31st July 2024
ITR Form 5 (Audit case) 30th September 2024
Annual return - Form 11 30 May 2024
Financial Statements - Form 8 30 October 2024

Note : Get in touch with our experts to efficiently handle your compliance filings, whether you are an LLP, a company, partnership firm or a proprietorship. Contact us to ensure your compliance is filed before the due date.

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