The Government of Karnataka takes immense pride in announcing the “Karnataka Startup Policy 2015-2020” with the aim of encouraging new innovations and technologies across the State. To enable the Karnataka Startup Ecosystem, a dedicated Council headed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister and a Monitoring & Review Committee Headed by the Chief Secretary have been constituted. Karnataka Startup Cell has been set up to address the needs and demands of the rapidly expanding Startup Community and promote Karnataka’s Startup Ecosystem.

To effectively engage with key stakeholders in the ecosystem, the Hon’ble Minister, IT, BT shall host Startup Karnataka Open House, a monthly event where 15 startups shall be selected from online applications to have a one on one meeting with the Minister and Senior Officials of the Department.

H. D. Kumaraswamy

Hon’ble Chief Minister,
Government of Karnataka

Chief Minister’s Message

Bengaluru achieved the status of IT capital of India over 15 years ago. The city has emerged as the 2nd largest technology cluster, with a large number of organizations engaged in software development, R & D, analytics, high-end computing, global in-house back office operations etc. The State of Karnataka has given over 4,600 tech Startups to the country.

The Startup Policy unveiled in November, 2015, aims at creating 20,000 tech Startups by 2020, creating about 6 lakh direct and 12 lakh indirect jobs. We hope to generate atleast 25 innovative tech solutions with a social impact in the sectors of healthcare, education, food security and clean environment. It is hoped that the fund-of-funds proposed to be set-up by the State Government will mobilize atleast Rs. 2,000 crores for funding investments in Startups.

Minister’s Message

Bengaluru is the startup capital of India and we take immense pride in the fact that Bengaluru fosters the youngest entrepreneurs in the world and is also the world’s fastest growing startup ecosystem. Perhaps, we are the only State Government who are nurturing the ecosystem with strong policies like the i4 Policy, BT Millennium Policy, ESDM Policy and the KAVGC Policy, giving the ecosystem a strong foundation to help entrepreneurs and the established industries to flourish.

We are also the first in the country to launch a dedicated Start Up Policy for budding entrepreneurs and a dedicated Start Up Cell that will provide extensive services like legal and accounting advice, mentoring, incubator options, subsidized tariffs and also seed funding.

The Government of Karnataka is committed to provide the most conducive environment for investments and acceleration across all verticals to ensure we remain the leaders in technology and innovation.

K. J. George

Hon’ble Minister for IT, BT,
Government of Karnataka

Gaurav Gupta, IAS

Principal Secretary,
Department of IT BT,
Government of Karnataka

Principal Secretary’s Message

Karnataka has a conducive ecosystem that has contributed to the growth of Information Technology, Electronics manufacturing, Biotechnology, Animation and other knowledge-based industry in the State.

This ecosystem has also contributed to Karnataka and Bengaluru growing to be one of the 20 best Startup ecosystems in the world. The Government of Karnataka has been taking many proactive steps to encourage new Entrepreneurs. The State was the forerunner in introducing funding through KITVEN-I to small enterprises, much before funding support for Startups has become the focus of the day.

In order to strengthen the existing ecosystem in Bengaluru as well as to create a similar stimulating environment in two tier cities, Government of Karnataka came up with a multi-sector Startup Policy in November, 2015. This Policy consolidates a number of initiatives which the Government has already been implementing in IT and BT sectors, and expects to promote similar growth in other manufacturing sectors especially in high technology areas.

The Startup portal is proposed to be used to disseminate information on government policies, act as a collaborative platform for interaction between all stakeholders, and facilitate Startups to access various incentives and benefits.

Startup Council

Karnataka has become the first state to have a dedicated under startup council the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka. The startup council works on the Karnataka Startup Policy to provide easy clearances, besides having a dedicated set of officials to deal with needs of emerging businesses. The Council shall review the status report on the implementation of the policy, which would include an appraisal of usefulness, ease of implementation and outcomes of the policy, commissioned every year by the implementing Departments and take necessary decisions for improving the implementation. The council shall meet at least once a year.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka Chairman
The Hon’ble Minister for Large and Medium Industries Member
The Hon’ble Minister for IT, BT and S & T Member
The Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture Member
The Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family welfare Member
The Hon’ble Minister for Food and civil supplies Member
The Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education Member
The Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka Member
The Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka Member
The Additional Chief Secretary to Government & Development Commissioner Member
The Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Commerce and Industries Department Member
The Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Higher Education Department Member
The Principal Secretary to Government, IT & BT and S & T Department Member
The Principal Secretary to Government, Medical Education Department Member
The Commissioner of Industries, Commerce & Industries Department Member
The Director, Software Technology Parks of India (SPTI) Member
The Director, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute Member
The Chairperson, Innovation Council of Karnataka Member
The Director, IT, BT & Ex- officio Managing Director, KBITS Convener
Sri Ravi Gururaj, Chairman & Co-Founder, NASSCOM Member
Sri Biren Ghose, President, Association of Bengaluru Animation Industries (ABAI) Member
Sri Naganand Doraswamy, President, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Member
Ms. Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, MD & CEO, IKP Knowledge Park Member
Sri Vijay Chandru, CEO, Strand Life Sciences Member
Sri Sharad Sharma, Co- Founder, iSpirit & CEO, Brand Sigma Member
Sri B.V Naidu, Member, Vision Group on IT Member
Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman & Founder of Narayan Hrudayala Member
Sri. K.K. Narayanan, MD, Methelix Member
Mr. Sandeep Maini, CEO, Maini Industries Member
Mr. Toby Malhotra, CEO, Dynamatic Member
Mr. Dilip Surana, Chairman, Micro Labs Member
Mr. Niraj Kakkar, CEO, Hector Beverage Paper Board Member
Mr. Manish Sabbarwal – Chairman and Co-Founder, Team lease Member
The Vice Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi. Member
The Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore Member
The Director, International Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru (IIIT-B) Member
The Director, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Member
The Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru (NCBS) Member
The Director, Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBAB) Member
The Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka Chairman
The Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Member
The Prinicipal Secretary to Government, IT, BT and S&T Department Member
The Commissioner for Industrial Development and Director of Industries & Commerce Member
The Director, IBAB, Bengaluru Member
The Managing Director, KBITS Convener
Sri Ravi Gururaj, Chairman, NASSCOM Product Council, Bengaluru Member
Sri Sharad Sharma, Co- Founder, iSPIRT Member

The State Government has constituted the Vision Group on Biotechnology under the chairmanship of Dr.Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Founder & CMD, Biocon Ltd. The constituted Vision Group on Biotechnology will continue to suggest ways to harness biotechnology for the betterment of society and overall economic development. The vision Group will suggest Policy initiatives to be taken by the State Government for the promotion and development of Biotechnology in the State of Karnataka.

Dr.Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Founder & CMD, Biocon Ltd.

Dr.H. Sharat Chandra

Director, CMG and Professor, IISc, B’lore

Dr.G. Padmanaban

Professor Emeritus, IISc, B’lore

Dr.V. Prakash

Former Director, CFTRI, Mysore

Dr.K.K. Narayanan

MD, Metahelix Life Sciences P.Ltd

Shri Shrikumar Surayanarayanan

Chairman, Sea6 Energy

Dr.Vijay Chandru

CEO, Strand Life Sciences

Vice Chancellor or Representative of VC

UAS, B’lore


Chairman, Animal Biotech Pvt.Ltd.

Mr.Divakar Rao

CEO, DGK Bio Agro Foods & VP, Bio Diesel Society of India

Dr.K.Vijay Raghavan

Director, NCBS

Mr. G.S.Krishnan

Regional President, Novozymes

Mr.Anil Paul Kariath

Co-founder & President, Biozeen

Mr.D.A. Prasanna

Chairman of Supervisory Board, Ecrom Acunova

Mr.Sujay Shetty

KD/India Leader, PWC


MD & CEO, Evolva Biotech Pvt.Ltd

Dr.Ram Rajasekaran

Director, CFTRI

Dr.Satish Jindal

VP, Bristol Myers Squibb & MD, EMS R & D Center, Biocon – BMS Research Center


The Vision Group on Information Technology shall make specific recommendations to State Government on suitable course of action to be taken for implementation of various initiatives for the growth and development of ICT, Electronics and Startups in the State.

Mr. S Gopalkrishnan (Kris)

Co-Founder & Ex-Executive Vice Chairman, Infosys Ltd

Mr. Gaurav Gupta, IAS

Principal Secretary to Government, Dept. of IT, BT and S & T,GoK

Mr.Vijay Ratnaparkhe

Managing Director, BOSCH

Shri Krishnakumar Natarajan

CEO & MD, Mindtree


President, IESA

Shri P.K Das

Director, STPI


Excecutive Vice Chairman, Cognizant


Director, IIIT-B

Mr.T.K. Kurien

CEO, IT Business & Excecutive Director, WIPRO

Mr.Pravin Rao

Chief Operating Officer, Infosys

Dr.H. Maheshappa

Vice-Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgavi

Prof.Swapan Bhattacharya

Director, NITK, Suratkal

Mr. Jayant R. Haritsa

Senior Professor Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) and Department of Computer Science and Automation(CSA), Indian Institute of Science(IISc) Bangalore, India

Mr. Sharad Sharma

Co-founder and Governing Council Member, iSPIRIT Foundation

Mr.B.V. Naidu

Chairman and CEO, SAGITAUR

Mr.Naganand Doraswamy

President, TiE

Mr.Bhaskar Pramanik

Chairman, Microsoft India

Ms.Salma K Fahim, IAS

Director, IT and BT, GoK

Member Secretary