CM: Goa in middle of Start-up boom



Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday claimed that there is a start-up boom in the State with as many as 164 Start-ups registered with the government's Information Technology (IT) department.

He credited the development to the incentives scheme of his government even as he said that Rs 3.28 crore in incentives had already been sanctioned under the Startup Policy.

In addition, Rs 85 lakh have been sanctioned for IT companies under IT Policy, he added. 

Sawant said, of the Rs 3.28 crore sanctioned, Rs 2.45 crore had already been disbursed to the eligible beneficiary Start-ups. 

Similarly, of the Rs 85 lakh sanctioned Rs 39.34 lakh were disbursed to the IT companies as incentives.

According to IT Minister, Rohan Khaunte, as of date 164 startups were registered with the State IT department and 15 IT companies have been certified so far.

Some 51 start-ups are beneficiaries of the incentives offered by the State government under its 'Startup Policy'. 

Molbio Diagnostics, Goa’s first and India’s 108th unicorn has also been registered with the State IT department, Khaunte said.

On Thursday both Sawant and Khaunte held a meeting with the 'Empowered Committee' where Rs 33 lakh worth of incentives were disbursed to nine startups. Three IT companies were also disbursed Rs 14 lakh.

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