IGNOU Launches Startup Competition 2024: A Golden Opportunity for Budding Entrepreneurs

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has recently announced an exciting initiative aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and self-reliance among its students and alumni.

The Startup Competition 2024 is set to provide a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas and business ventures.

This competition aligns with the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, promoting self-sufficiency and innovation within the IGNOU community.

IGNOU Startup Competition Overview

The Startup Competition 2024 will be conducted in two rounds, ensuring a thorough evaluation of each participant’s business idea and execution plan.

First Round:
Applicants are required to submit details about their startup or business venture through a Google form by July 31, 2024. An expert committee will review and shortlist entries for the second round.

Second Round:
Shortlisted participants will pitch their startup or business venture according to a provided template. The best startups will be selected for the prestigious ‘Best Startup Award 2024’.

Key Highlights of the Competition

The Startup Competition 2024 offers several benefits to participants:

  1. Networking Opportunities:
    Engage with other innovators and entrepreneurs, expanding your professional network and opening doors for potential collaborations.
  2. Support, Training, and Guidance:
    Shortlisted participants will receive support, training, and guidance to help scale up their ventures. This includes mentorship from experienced professionals and access to valuable resources.
  3. Cash Prizes:
    The top three startups will receive cash prizes, providing financial support to further develop their business ideas.
  4. ‘Best Startup Award 2024’:
    The best startups will be recognized with the prestigious ‘Best Startup Award 2024’, offering recognition and validation of their entrepreneurial efforts.

How to Apply

Interested students and alumni are encouraged to apply through the provided Google form by July 31, 2024.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. For any clarifications, you can contact directorncide@ignou.ac.in.

Download the link here for more information.


The IGNOU Startup Competition 2024 is a significant step towards nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit within the IGNOU community.

By providing a platform for students and alumni to present their innovative ideas, IGNOU is promoting self-reliance and contributing to the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to turn your business ideas into reality. Apply now and take the first step towards entrepreneurial success!

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