Start-up Odisha Initiative was launched with an aim to make Odisha as one of the top three Start-up Hubs in the country and support 1000 Start-ups. I am pleased to note that 570 Start-ups have already been registered in the state out of which one third are led by Women entrepreneurs. My Government is working relentlessly to support the young Start-ups in every possible way. We are going to set up a world class Start-up Hub in Bhubaneswar and launch a Fund-of-Funds for Start-ups this year to further boost the ecosystem.
Odisha today has a large network of technical and professional institutions which provide a good talent pool for start-ups.
The state initiatives for start-ups including the policy, infrastructure support through incubators and financial linkage schemes must be widely publicised.
The MSME Department as well as other departments must take up activities in all the institutions on a regular basis round the year.
Young entrepreneurs are engines of growth for New Odisha. I am sure this MOU between Start-up Odisha and HDFC Bank will open up new possibilities for Start-ups.