Rajasthan has taken the startup game to a whole new level and is proving to be the breeding ground for entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. Millions of young minds with new ideas, the confidence of investors, and support from the government are ready to take ahead the startup drive in the state.
The Government of Rajasthan has launched and effectively implemented initiatives such as iStart, Digifest, and Rajasthan IT Day in the past three years to create a conducive atmosphere for startups in the state.
At a recent event, the chief minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, has also called upon the youth to join hands with the government and contribute towards the advancement of the digital revolution in the state. In line with this, the Rajasthan government launched a platform — Challenge for Change — in August 2017 as part of its flagship initiative iStart. And ever since inception, more than 133K people have registered of the platform so far and as of now five challenges in different domains can be seen active.
Challenge for Change aims at serving the two-fold purpose of providing a platform for early-stage startups as well as getting the state government acquainted with the talent and solutions locally. Thus, the major objective of this initiative is to invite innovative solutions for solving socio-economic problems in the state and to recognise the potential of the youth.
Akhil Arora, Principal Secretary, Information Technology & Communication, Rajasthan, while talking to the media mentioned,
“Challenge for Change is the only of its kind – a disruptive program to ensure providing opportunities to work for the Government directly – for the ones who have the skills – and the enthusiasm to change the world with their ideas,”
While previous challenges organised by the government were focussed on improving governance tasks, this time the impetus is on aggravating revenues and employment opportunities in core industries of the state. The government is now keen to work with enthusiasts and startups in sectors such as agriculture, mining, wool production, and more.
Rajasthan is one of the leading states working proactively to bridge the digital divide in the state with programmes like E-Sakhi. It is also working proactively to provide a support structure to the startups with initiatives like Rajasthan Stack and Bhamashah Techno Hub Incubator.