The government of Uttar Pradesh understands the importance of AI & entrepreneurship. Therefore, to facilitate this, the UP government, under its flagship scheme “Start in UP”, has entrusted FIRST IIT Kanpur to establish Artificial Intelligence and Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship, Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence will focus on specific verticals, help to incorporate, incubate, and accelerate start-ups from the stated sectors like AI, ICT, IOT, Cyber, Augmented Reality and more. The CoE office is set up in Noida with FICCI as its official partner.

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The startups need to be registered on DPIIT website and on Startup in UP website

50 startups selected each year in two cohorts

  • 1st cohort starting from October to March
  • 2nd cohort starting from April to September


Application Process

  • Step 1

    Call for application

  • Step 2

    Roadshows for program outreach

  • Step 3

    Online Evaluation of applications

  • Step 4

    Monitoring & evaluation of startups

  • Step 5

    Expert evaluation of filtered applications

  • Step 6

    Announcement of the shortlisted application

  • Step 7

    Support under CoE

Targeted Impact

Startups over a span of 5 years

Crores of capital investment

Job creation


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