Ease of Doing Business

Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) for small scale industries & role of startup ecosystem in India

 Ease of Doing Business in India by Harit Mohan
Ease of Doing Business in India by Harit Mohan, CEO, Signicent LLP

In a conference titled International Trade and IPR Conference 2020 organized by  ISERD India-Intellectual’s Society for Entrepreneurship and Research Development and Tamil Nadu Technology Development and Promotion Centre (TNTDPC) under Confederation of Indian Industry, Signicent – Technology, IP & Market Research Founder & CEO Mr. Harit Mohan gave detailed insight into India’s Ease of Doing Business for small scale industries and role of startup ecosystem in India.

How well did India do at ease of doing business 2020?

According to World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 Report which captured reforms implemented by various countries to make it easier to do business between May 2018 and May 2019. India is amongst the few other countries to have made notable improvement in Doing Business 2020 which is observed from its jump from 77th rank in Doing Business 2019 to the 63rd spot in Doing Business 2020. However, India is far from the no. 1 ranked New Zealand which introduced a slew of reforms through the years in doing better at business.

Some statistics depicted in the presentation on the ease of doing business among various states showed that Andhra Pradesh retained the top spot in India’s Ease of Doing Business Report 2019. Uttar Pradesh famously moved to the 2nd spot from 12th whereas Delhi improvised on its ease of doing business jumping up from 23rd to the 12th place. On the other hand, Haryana, Odisha and Bihar saw a decline in their rankings.

There are many parameters on which the ease of doing business is measured such as starting a business, employing workers, getting electricity, resolving insolvency, getting credit contracting with the government, enforcing contracts, paying taxes, registering property, dealing with construction permits, protecting minority investors and trading across borders. The impetus for India’s improvement was came from improvising in resolving insolvency, rising from 108th to the 52nd position, India made dealing with construction permits easier, improved on trading across borders, however overall ranking was affected by enforcement of contracts where India still ranks at 163 and starting a business hasn’t been an easy road where India ranked 136th.

Starting up

In a pilot survey conducted by the Reserve Bank of India published in The Hindu in January, 2020 most (42.9%) Indian startups still remained to be funded by friends and family, followed by angel investors and incubators, whereas funding through NABARD, SIDBI and NBFC remained relatively lower.

How are startups doing in India?

Some compelling numbers were brought forward during the presentation:

  • 55,000+ startups in India out of which 33,000 are registered under DPIIT
  • India is the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world
  • During 2014-2019, an average of 8900-9300 startups have been incepted
  • 1300+ startups added in 2019 alone
  • Startups actively engaged in various sectors ranging from energy, agritech, automotive to about 20+ diverse sectors
  • 60000 direct jobs were created by tech startups in 2019

However, it is noteworthy that only 10% of these startups go further than 5 years after their inception into successfully running businesses.

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What is the current Startup ecosystem in India?

  • 335+ active incubators & accelerators
  • Startups Funded 443 (‘20) vs. 725 (‘19) in Jan-June
  • 36 Unicorns at $119 Billion valuation
  • 155 ‘soonicorns’ 52 can become unicorns by 2022
  • $8 billion invested by Chinese investors in Indian Unicorns
  • India ranked 52 out 57 in Index of Women Entrepreneurs, 2019
  • 18% startups leverage deep-tech (AI, IoT, Blockchain)
What is the current Startup ecosystem in India
Startup ecosystem in India

In a NASSCOM report on startups 2019, the sector wise split shows that more than half the number of startups founded during 2014-19 was involved in enterprise, healthtech, fintech, HRtech and edtech. Others ranged from agritech, mobility, real estate and construction, retail tech, SCM &logistics to automotive.

Sector-wise split of start-ups (2014-2019)
Sector-wise split of start-ups (2014-2019)

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Impact of COVID-19 on Startups

In the times of COVID-19 pandemic, every nook and corner of the industrial setup has been affected. However a look at the numbers shows that Edtech, Fintech, Healthtech, Mobility & Automotive sectors had higher CAGR of more than 50% since 2014 until the time global pandemic was declared whereas human resources, real estate, retail tech, industrial & manufacturing, travel & hospitality, enterprise, foodtech and SCM & logistics showed medium growth (CAGR>35%).

However, the story changed ever since the outbreak marked its arrival and the state of startups has seen a gloomier side

  • About 40% Indian startups halt operations amid COVID-19: NASSCOM
  • About 34% of start-ups are suffering revenue decline of over 80%
  • While 70% of travel and transport startups reported suffering 40% revenue decline
  • Startup funding dropped by 29% in the first six months of 2020 to $4.2bn vs. $5.9bn in 2019
  • Significant slowdown in funding activities, primarily caused by a sluggish economy.

Key Challenges

Small scale industries form a meager 0.52% of the nation’s total MSME industries as per MSME annual report 2019-2020 amounting to about 3.31 lakh small scale enterprises. These employ about 31.95 lakh people. In the wake of these testing times, it is quintessential to provide relief to small scale industries and start ups. MSMEs are facing dire operational and financial constraints. There has been a shortage of working capital, labor crunch and limited availability of raw materials. Startups need favorable environment for investors.

The bright side

In spite of the challenging times, some sectors of startups have seen growth and are speculated to grow beyond COVID-19.

  • SAAS & REMOTE-WORKING TOOLS
  • OTT PLATFORMS such as Netflix, Disney Hotstar etc.
  • ONLINE GAMING (the band of PubG have opened some avenues for Indian developers to pitch in)
  • Managed office spaces
  • Ed tech such as Unacademy, White Hat Jr & BYJU’s have seen immense growth
  • Pharma and Life sciences
  • Labs/Pathology – diagnostic service providing firms.
  • Financial services
  • E-commerce & delivery platforms

The road ahead is uncertain but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.


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