Who we are

The Hub for the Startup Ecosystem in India

Vision and Mission

Responding to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation in the country, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's apex industry body created the CII Startups Coalition—a platform to interconnect the different stakeholders, including the government, in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India and build a stronger nurturing environment for startups..

The CII Startups Coalition will help democratize access to opportunities and connect startups, investors, mentors, service providers, senior executives in established business, and government across the country to create a truly healthy, vibrant and flourishing ecosystem for entrepreneurship.

We aim to leverage our extensive industry network to enable non-tech as well tech startups from any part of the country get off the ground and eventually scale-up. We will facilitate a host of services for startups such as assessing investment worthiness, providing investment score cards, mentorship, strategic investments, and access to incubators.

In addition, we will help expand the community of individual angel investors in India to reach the vast majority of startups that are looking for lower funding levels. We will provide an avenue for experienced business leaders, senior professionals, successful entrepreneurs to make small investments ( for example, a minimum of Rs 1 lakh) in startups.

Also, we will make it easier for investors get access to crisp pitch decks of curated startups from across the country along with a 36-point scorecard that reflects the investment worthiness of the startups.

Listen to Mr Karnik describing how the CII Startups Coalition will add value

What we do

Catalyse the ecosystem

We will organize a host of online and offline events to drive greater participation from different stakeholders across the country.

CII Startup Dialogues

Online discussions and deliberations by industry experts on relevant themes to strengthen the startup ecosystem.

Connect Sessions

We would welcome suggestions to enhance India's startup ecosystem

Contact Us
About CII

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has over 8000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises from around 240 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

To know more visit the CII Website
Our Team

Our founder members include some of the most experienced and respected individuals from the corporate world, the government and the world of entrepreneurship. They are all passionate about driving entrepreneurship in India.

The Governing Council, led by Mr Kiran Karnik, consists of accomplished individuals from government, industry and think tanks.

Founding Members