Goa Startup Policy 2017 was unveiled by Government of Goa in September 2017 to provide State support to entrepreneurs in their ventures and to promote entrepreneurship and innovation by playing a more direct role in the startup ecosystem. One of the objectives of the policy is to make Goa one of the most preferred startup destinations in Asia thereby bringing world-class technologies and companies to the State and generating employment. To achieve the goals of the policy and to carry out initiatives to support and boost the ecosystem, Department of Information Technology has been made the Nodal Department and a Startup Promotion Cell has been constituted with the mandate of being the Government's agency on the ground.
The Department of IT and Startup Promotion Cell are the point of contact for all startup policy related initiatives in the State. Startup certification, incentives disbursement, creating beneficial tie-ups, bringing best practices to the State, are some of the things the Startup Promotion Cell is responsible for.