Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Startup Forum: 4th Edition

  • The fourth edition of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Startup Forum was held in New Delhi on 19th March 2024. 
  • The forum aimed to broaden Startup interactions among SCO Member States, foster an environment conducive to innovation, promote job creation, and inspire young talent to develop innovative solutions. 
  • The forum featured physical participation from SCO Member States, including startups, nodal agencies, senior government officials, and diplomats. 
  • The forum also featured a showcase opportunity at the SCO Pavilion, where over 15 SCO startups showcased their products and services. 
  • A workshop by Startup India was conducted on ‘Establishing a Seed Fund: A Strategic Approach to Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship’, providing insights into strategic planning and execution of seed funds. 
  • The Special Working Group for Startups and Innovation (SWG) was created by all Member States to foster collaboration among SCO Member States. 
  • India will host the second meeting of the SWG in November 2024 and SCO Startup Forum 5.0 in January 2025. 
  • Previous initiatives include SCO Startup Forum 1.0, SCO Startup Forum 2.0, Focused Mentorship Program, SCO Startup Forum 3.0, and the first meeting of the SWG on the theme ‘Growing from Roots’ in 2023.
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