It has been reported that India is home to the second-largest startup ecosystem in the world. Please consider this. Despite being relatively new in the country, the startup community has already generated close to 20000 early-stage companies, with most of them being technology-driven. Every day, there are 3–4 tech startups born! A number of initiatives have been taken by the Indian government to maintain this rapid growth, such as Startup India. Yet most of them fail to scale and end up failing at an early stage. It’s possible some of this is due to the inability to raise funds (which comes from high-risk investments). What other challenges do entrepreneurs face when they begin their business in India?
Registration of a startup in India is not obligatory, but it is highly valued by potential investors. The whole process of getting funded today is glorified, so most limitations of company prefer to register. Recent years have seen a significant reduction in the amount of paperwork required to register a startup in India. It is no longer necessary for entrepreneurs to deal with corporate offices. A startup can register online with the MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) in order to be included in Indian records. A few important criteria and documents need to be submitted for the application process. As a 4-step process, we can summarize the registration process as follows:
The first step is to acquire a DSC (Digital Signature Certificate).
The second step is to obtain a DIN (Director Identification Number).
A new user registration form or an Eform must be filled out thirdly
The fourth step is to incorporate the firm as an LLP, a limited liability company, or a private limited company. Following the normal registration procedures, you will need to obtain a certificate of incorporation/partnership registration, a PAN number, and other items. Recognized companies must:
The company is registered as a Private Limited Company, Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership
The business must have been incorporated or registered in India within the last five years.
The company should have a turnover under 25 crores
2) The business must be committed to bringing out something new or significantly improving existing technology.
A split-up or reconstruction of an existing business did not create your business.
In a country where registration is so simple, why is it such a challenging market for entrepreneurs? How does the turbulence work? The process of talking-off may not be easy for companies across the world, not just those in India. However, startups have dealt with certain key challenges over the years in India.
Entrepreneurs in India face five key challenges:
Ecosystem #1 in progress
It’s true that India is a huge market for startups, but its acceptance isn’t in full swing just yet, in least not in most non-metropolitan areas. As of right now, the community is relatively young and still in its infancy. A startup ecosystem is made up of accelerators, mentors, advisors, support organizations, investors, educational institutions, and even the government. Without them, the startup community cannot thrive. In India, hundreds of startups are emerging every day, but the key is to augment the ecosystem as a whole.
Management of people is #2
Indian government schemes that build entrepreneurial skills are primarily focused on product management rather than people management. The key to a successful startup is extremely Our roles as partners and, above all, as team members are vital. When you work in a startup, there is a lot of uncertainty, so you need to always stay on top of things. This requires a dedicated and hardworking team. Startups try to condense six years’ worth of work into a single year in order to see results faster. Exciting and enticing the best talent for your company is, therefore, crucial for a startup’s unhindered growth, and is often overlooked as the most important issue facing entrepreneurs.
#3 Valuation – A technological barrier
The valuation of a company at such an early stage is definitely no easy task. Your investors’ perspective plays an important role, among many other factors. A startup pitching to someone with no technology knowledge, or a rather fuddy-duddy mindset, will lead to underestimating your company’s value. This is an issue that is raised nationwide. Some investors may value startups that are hard into the technology of the future more than others.
Mismatch between product and market/timing
There are many cases where Indian entrepreneurs bring in technologies and concepts from other countries, thinking that what has worked there will also work here. Market research and testing are very important for startups when it comes to placing and feeding their products/services to the right audience. Make sure you have data to support some of your assumptions. Often, a brilliant concept is thwarted by timing. A cultural society like India may have some ideas that will succeed in the future, but not now, and it is crucial for entrepreneurs to realize that at the outset.
The mindset obstacle of #5 is a refusal to accept failure
The truth is that failure is part of life, and most Indians do not accept that fact. It is not very welcome in our nation that very few startups succeed, which discourages young entrepreneurs from implementing even the most disruptive and innovative ideas. There is a lesser known reality that 99% of successful startups go through a dark phase (some even multiple times) before they hit the big time