Startup India Certificate: A Pathway to Success for Innovative Ventures

Are you an innovative entrepreneur looking to take your startup to new heights of success? Welcome to Sadique and Ameen Associates, your reliable taxation company, here to assist you in obtaining the Startup India Certificate. We understand the significance of this certification in fostering growth and providing various benefits to startups. Let’s dive into the world of the Startup India Certificate and how it can propel your business forward.

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    What is the Startup India Certificate?

    The Startup India Certificate is a recognition provided to eligible startups under the flagship initiative of the Government of India, known as Startup India. This certificate is issued by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and serves as a gateway to numerous incentives and support that can empower your startup journey.

    The Startup India initiative by the Government of India offers eligible companies the opportunity to gain recognition as Startups through the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade. This recognition unlocks a lot of benefits, including tax advantages, simplified compliance procedures, fast-tracked Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) processes, and more.


    The primary objective of the Government is to ease the regulatory burden on Startups, empowering them to concentrate on their core business activities while keeping compliance costs minimal.

    Startup India Registration process

    Eligibility Criteria for Startup Recognition

    To be eligible for Startup Recognition, your company must meet the following criteria:

    Company Type: Your business should be incorporated as:

    • A Private Limited Company,
    • A Registered Partnership Firm
    • or a Limited Liability Partnership Company.
    Company Age: The period of existence and operations should not exceed 10 years from the Date of Incorporation.
    Annual Turnover: Your annual turnover should not exceed Rs. 100 crore for any of the financial years since its Incorporation.
    Original Entity: The entity should not have been formed by splitting up or reconstructing an already existing business.
    Innovation & Scalability: Your business should focus on developing or improving a product, process, or service. Additionally, it should have a scalable business model with high potential for wealth creation and employment generation.

    Benefits of Startup India Certificate

    The Startup India Certificate opens the door to an array of benefits that can give your startup the competitive edge it needs. Here are some key benefits of startup India:

    Tax Exemption U/S 80 IAC

    After obtaining recognition under the Startup India scheme, you become eligible to apply for Tax exemption u/s 80 IAC of the Income Tax Act.

    A recognized startup can enjoy a tax holiday for three consecutive financial years during its initial ten years of eligibility.

    Criteria for Applying to 80IAC Tax Exemption

    • Must be a recognized Startup
    • Only Private limited or LLP is eligible
    • Must be incorporated on or after 1st April 2016

    Angel Tax Exemption U/S 56

    Upon registration under Startup India, you can apply for Angel Tax Exemption.

    Criteria for Angel Tax Exemption U/S 56

    • The entity must be a DPIIT recognized Startup
    • Aggregate amount of paid-up share capital & share premium after the proposed issue of shares must not exceed INR 25 Crore.

    Self-Compliance for Labour Laws

    Startups can conduct self-assessment for labor law compliances, avoiding inspections or physical visits by public officers during the first three years. Self-certification can be done through the Startup India portal for the following 6 labor laws:

    • Inter-State Migrant Workmen laws
    • Gratuity Laws
    • Provident Fund Laws
    • Employees’ State Insurance laws
    • Other Constructions Workers’ laws
    • Contract Labour laws

    Trademark, Patent, IPR Related Exemption

    Upon obtaining the Startup India certificate, startups can avail various assistance for intellectual property rights applications, including Trademark, Patent, and Copyright registration.

    Recognized startups can benefit from the following IPR reliefs:

    • Fast-track startup patent applications with 80% government fees rebate.
    • Panel of facilitators to assist in IP applications
    • Rebate on Filing of Trademark application

    Easy Winding Up of Company

    Startups registered under the Startup India scheme can enjoy an easy exit route for winding up the company within 90 days under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, 2016, in case the startup business model faces challenges.

    Validity of Startup India Certificate:

    The validity of the Startup India recognition certificate for Indian startups spans 10 years from the company’s registration. However, the validity also ceases if your company surpasses the turnover of 100 Crores before the completion of the 10-year period.

    Startup India Registration Process

    Step 1: Business Incorporation and Eligibility Check

    Before initiating the Startup India registration, the initial step involves incorporating your business as a Private Limited Company, Limited Liability, or Partnership firm. Once the business is incorporated, you can proceed with the registration process for Startup India. If your business meets all eligibility criteria, you can register it under the government’s Startup India scheme. This involves furnishing essential business details and relevant company information. The registration form is available on the official Startup India website, where you are required to provide comprehensive details about your company and upload the necessary documents.

    Step 2: Selecting and Paying for Packages

    After providing the required information, you’ll need to choose from the packages offered on the website. Upon selecting the suitable package, proceed to make the online payment. The website offers various payment modes for your convenience.

    Step 3: Application Assignment

    Once all forms are completed and the order is placed, your Startup India application will be assigned to a professional within the Startup India program.

    Step 4: Professional Examination and Verification

    The Startup India professionals meticulously review the provided details and ensure compliance with all eligibility criteria for Startup India Registration. Subsequently, they proceed to file the application at the next level. The Startup India department conducts a thorough verification process to confirm the accuracy of the information submitted through the online form.

    Step 5: Government Review and Certification

    In alignment with the rules and guidelines set by the Government of India, the Startup India department reviews the information. Once all due diligence is completed, the department forwards the application to the appropriate authority for the issuance of the Startup India Registration certificate.

    Step 6: Successful Issuance of Certificate

    Upon successful examination and confirmation of the details you have provided, the Government issues the Startup India Registration certificate. Following these comprehensive steps ensures that you obtain the coveted Startup India Registration certificate.

    Required Documents for Startup India Registration

    When applying for Startup India registration, the following documents are necessary:

    1.Company Registration Certificate: The certificate obtained during the company’s registration process.
    2. Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Article of Association (AOA): The MOA and AOA certificates of the company.
    3. PAN (Permanent Account Number) of the Company: : A valid PAN number assigned to the company.
    4. Aadhaar Cards of Company Directors: The Aadhaar cards of the directors of the company along with their personal details.
    5. Contact Information: Mobile numbers and email IDs, as well as other basic information required.
    6. Innovative Business Plan Description: A concise description of your innovative business plan. Highlight the benefits your product offers and how it contributes to the economy.
    7. Office Address Proof: Proof of the company’s office address.
    8. Additional Relevant Information: Any other pertinent details about the company that are required for the registration process.

    Consequences of Operating Without a Startup Certificate in India

    Operating a business without the proper Startup Certificate in India can lead to a range of negative consequences. Here are some of the potential outcomes that entrepreneurs need to be aware of:

    1. Missed Benefits and Incentives: Not having a Startup Certificate means missing out on the benefits and incentives that the government provides to recognized startups. These benefits can include tax exemptions, faster IPR processing, and easier compliance procedures. Operating without these advantages can put your business at a competitive disadvantage.
    2. Limited Credibility: A Startup Certificate adds credibility to your business, showcasing that your venture has been recognized and supported by the government. Operating without this recognition could make it more challenging to attract investors, partners, and customers who may view your business as less established.
    3. Restricted Access to Funding: Many investors and financial institutions prioritize startups that have received official recognition from the government. Not having a Startup Certificate might limit your access to funding and investment opportunities, making it harder to secure the resources needed for growth.
    4. Legal Consequences: Operating without the necessary documentation could lead to legal troubles. Non-compliance with government regulations, including startup-specific requirements, could result in fines, penalties, or even legal action against your business.
    5. Missed Networking Opportunities: The Startup Certificate also opens doors to various networking opportunities, events, and platforms specifically designed for recognized startups. Without the certificate, you might miss out on valuable connections that could contribute to your business’s growth.
    6. Limited Support and Assistance: The Startup Certificate grants you access to government-backed support programs and initiatives aimed at nurturing startups. Operating without this recognition means you won’t benefit from these resources designed to help startups succeed.
    7. Delayed Growth Potential: Lack of a Startup Certificate might hinder your business’s growth potential. The benefits and support offered through the certificate can accelerate your growth trajectory, and not having it could slow down your progress.

    In conclusion, the Startup India Certificate benefits the startups and can be a game-changer for your startup, providing you with a competitive edge. Trust Sadique and Ameen Associates to be your taxation partner, assisting you in obtaining this Start up scheme with ease. Let us handle the complexities while you focus on innovation and growth. Together, let’s drive your startup to new heights of success! Get in touch with us today and begin the path to a prosperous future for your innovative venture.


    Is it possible for a foreign company to enroll with the Startup India hub?
    Any organization with at least one registered office in India can sign up on the hub, as the location options, currently, are tailored exclusively for Indian states. However, the government has future plans to extend registrations to stakeholders from the global ecosystem.