Innovation & Goa!

Nandini Mukherjee, Managing EditorTraditionally been known for mining and global tourism, Goa is now turning out to be a hotbed for innovators and also startups. The tiny state, blessed with sun-kissed beaches, ample greenery and the quintessential colonial charm, is attracting tourists and startups alike. Today, Goa is home to some of the most promising startups and hosts a robust startup ecosystem. Goa was one of the first states in India to launch a startup policy. The latest edition of the state's startup policy aims to feature Goa as one of the top 25 startup destinations in Asia. The State Government's commitment towards fostering innovation and
entrepreneurship is indefatigable, which is manifested in its various schemes and programs that enable easy access to seed funding, mentor ship support and business promotion services.

Industry experts believe while Goa has the advantage of availability of a large number of engineering graduates from the colleges here, there are other unconventional areas such as food processing, clean technologies and solid waste management that are focus areas for the state government and are attracting young entrepreneurs to the state. The state is also encouraging innovation and technology, and an enviable work-life balance as well as a progressive government that is committed to supporting startups and helps them succeed. In recent times, Goa has been hosting some of the most coveted startup and innovation competitions, events and awards functions, bringing leading startups, mentors, thought leaders, industry experts and aspiring entrepreneurs on a single platform.

Witnessing the advancements, in our current edition we have featured a list of "10 Most Promising Goa Startups". The list comprises of innovative start-ups across different verticals that are doing their best to leave a strong mark in the community of startups so that the state as a new startup kernel of India shines bright.