Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) launched the National Startup Awards (NSA) in 2020 to reward and recognise outstanding startups and enablers in the startup ecosystem that are building innovative products and demonstrating measurable social impact.

So far, three editions have acknowledged startups and enablers who have been instrumental in revolutionising the development of Indian startup ecosystem. The applications for National Startup Awards 2023 have been made live from 1st April 2023 and the deadline for submissions is 31st May 2023.

To continue the legacy of recognising and rewarding diverse set of startups, DPIIT has launched the fourth edition of the National Startup Awards. National Startup Awards 2023 will celebrate innovations from across the country, in line with ‘Vision India @2047’, where India focuses on becoming a developed economy, fueled by the spirit of Amrit Kaal across key themes.

 In this edition, the startups will be awarded across 20 categories, which have been decided upon through thorough deliberations on current Indian and global economic focus points. These categories range from innovations in aerospace, retail and disruptive technologies to more impact-focused categories.

A cash prize of INR 10 lakhs will be awarded by DPIIT to one winning startup in each of the categories. The winners and finalists of the National Startup Awards 2023 will be provided with exclusive handholding support, including investor & government connect, mentorship, international market access, corporate and unicorn connect and much more. 

The three editions of the National Startup Awards (NSA) witnessed overwhelming participation from startups and ecosystem enablers across the country. In three years, NSA has seen active participation from over 6,400 startups and has recognized over 450 startups as winners and finalists.

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