Startup Cell Gujarat

Nodal Officer & Department

Dr. Rahul Gupta, IAS
Industries Commissioner
Industries Commissionerate, Block 1, 2nd Floor, UdyogBhawan, Gandhinagar – 382001, Gujarat

Startup Cell team

Mr. R D Barhatt / Joint Commissioner - Startup Cell, Gujarat
  • R D Barhatt

    Mr. R D Barhatt

    Joint Commissioner, StartUp Cell, Gujarat

    Mr. Barhatt Possesses a Qualification of BE (EC), MBA (Marketing) and LLB Through Premier Institutes. He has Total Work Experience of about 25 years, with 10 years in Corporate sector and 15 years in Government Organisation.

    During the Course, he has Gained Exposure to Variety of Industries and often been Associated with Providing Facilitation to Start Ups Andvarious Segments of Industries.

    He is also Involved in host of Activities of Information Dissemination as a Part of Organising Seminars and Events.He has a credit of being an Instrumental person in Implementation of Government of Gujarat Scheme for Startups and his Contribution Significantly in Overall Development of Startup Ecosystem.

    Under his Functioning this State has Achieved Prime Ministers award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2017.

    He has been instrumental in formulating the first policy for startup facilitation in Gujarat in 2015. Due to his varied experience spanning 15 years in the Industries and Mines Department, he has during the course of career guided several startups in setting up and running their businesses.

Mr. Paresh Painuly / General Manager (Investment Promotion) – iNDEXTb,Startup Cell, Gujarat
  • Mr. Paresh Painuly

    Mr. Paresh Painuly

    General Manager (Investment Promotion) – iNDEXTb, StartUp Cell, Gujarat

    Mr. Painuly possesses a qualification of BE (IC) from Gujarat University, MBA (Finance) from JBIMS, Mumbai University and a certification in Business Management from IIM (Ahmedabad). He is a Retired Lieutenant Commander from Indian Navy and has total work experience of 19 years. He has had varied experience from Armed Forces to Banking to IT Consulting and now Government organization for promoting investments in Gujarat.

    He has over 6 years of experience in early stage management, investment & tech transfer. He presently leads ecosystem operations, startup funding & collaboration, alliances, and general management. He is responsible for networking with stakeholders (public and private) and maximize industry engagement. He has been instrumental in formulation of IT Policy, Electronics policy and IT/Electronics Startup Policy of the State Government.

Mr. Amit Barot / Executive, Gujarat Informatics Limited (GIL) , Startup Cell, Gujarat
  • Amit-Barot

    Mr. Amit Barot

    Executive, Gujarat Informatics Limited (GIL), StartUp Cell, Gujarat

    Mr. Barot holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology (DDIT), and MBA degree from LJ Institute of Management Studies, Ahmedabad, Gujarat University, India.

    He has experience of over 11 years in areas related to Information Technology, e-Governance and IT Project Management in the State of Gujarat. He has actively involved in implementation of IT-ITeS, Electronics and Startup Policy and has worked on various IT Infrastructure Projects.

    He holds experience in IT/Incubation for Startups & IT Infrastructure and is responsible for to building strong partnerships for policy execution. He also nurtures budding startups and entrepreneurs for accelerating innovation-led growth.

Mr. Ravinder Singh Thakur, Investment Associate, GVFL Startup Cell, Gujarat
  • Mr. Ravinder Singh Thakur

    Mr. Ravinder Singh Thakur

    Investment Associate, GVFL, StartUp Cell, Gujarat

    Mr. Thakur has completed M.Sc. (Biotechnology) from reputed University and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management. He is a techno-commercial investment professional backed by more than 13 years of experience in Venture capital and Pharmaceutical industry. His experience spans across roles in Venture Capital/ Private Equity, fund management and sales & marketing.

    He plays a key role in identifying startups and refining their investment models. He is currently involved in meeting with key investors, partners and other strategic advisors. He is responsible to partner with reputed investors across India and the Globe to invest in Gujarat startups.

Ms. Brinda Pandya / Executive Officer - Startup Cell, Gujarat
  • Brinda Pandya

    Ms. Brinda Pandya

    Executive Officer, StartUp Cell, Gujarat

    Ms. Pandya is an MBA from a reputed B-School and pursuing her Doctorate study in Management stream with focus on Global Startup Policy and Incubation Models. She has work experience of 2 years in Pharma Sector.

    She is working in State Startup Policy since its inception in Gujarat from 2015. She was introduced to Start up and Incubation Culture during her college days. She keeps abreast of all the latest Ideas, Extensions and Technology in use or upcoming ones in Industry urges.

    She is a key Team Member and knows well dimensions to make every event a truly great success. The Government of Gujarat has earned the prestigious Prime Ministers Award's for Excellence in Public Administration in 2017 and in earning this award her contribution is highly appreciable.

    She has a total work experience of 4.5 years. She is well versed in the policy implementation and managerial aspects of the startup ecosystem. Also, she guides startups and incubators in matters related to policy. She is also coordinating with the State and Central Government.

Ms. Janaki Joshi / Project Executive Officer, Startup Cell, Gujarat
  • Ms. Janaki Joshi

    Ms. Janaki Joshi

    Project Executive Officer, StartUp Cell, Gujarat

    Ms. Janaki is an MBA Finance, & M. Com - Finance from a reputed B-School. She has a work experience of 7.5 years in in the field of education and Govt. Dept., with continued success in fulfilling organizational goals.

    She has rich experience in project execution, project control system for inclusion and developing training material & modules.

    She is currently liaising with state team and Nodal Institutions for easy implementation of the Startup ecosystem. She is well versed in the various dimensions needed to make every event a truly great success and her contribution towards the same is highly appreciable. Her interpersonal skills have been noteworthy in managing the various stakeholders linked with the scheme.

Ms. Sanjana Iyer / Project Executive Officer, Startup Cell, Gujarat
  • Ms. Sanjana Iyer

    Ms. Sanjana Iyer

    Project Executive Officer, StartUp Cell, Gujarat

    Ms. Sanjana is an MBA with marketing majors from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. She has a work experience of 1.5 years in the IT & Banking Sector. During her academic stint, she has dabbled in the Startup domain by working closely with the Innovation and Incubation Centre, PDPU.

    She is well versed in the policy implementation and managerial aspects of the Startup ecosystem. Also, she guides Startups and incubators in matters related to policy. She is also pivotal in facilitating effective coordination between the State and Central Government for effective penetration of the scheme. As a part of Gujarat Startup Cell, she primarily guides the Startups in problem-solving and decision making on operational matters.

Sr. Designation Team
1 Industries Commissioner Nodal Officer
2 Joint Commissioner of Industries Coordinator
3 Director of Labour Commissioner / Representative from Labour Commissioner Office Member
4 Member Secretary, GPCB Member
5 Managing Director / Representative, Gujarat Informatics Limited (GIL) Member
6 OSD to Gujarat Knowledge Society (GKS) Member
7 Managing Director / Representative, Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd (GVFL) Member
8 Mr. PavanBakeri, Coordinator, Ahmedabad Angel Network (AAN) Member

Government Resolution: Startup Cell to Facilitate Start Ups/ Innovation Download 963 KB

Government Resolution: Dedicated Startup Team Download 235 KB

The functions of the Startup Cell include

  • To guide and assist Startups in the State
  • To co-ordinate with various State Government departments for providing approvals and any such supports as may be required for the smooth functioning of the Startup ecosystem
  • To resolve grievances related to any approval/ incentives and any other issues in the manner as may be prescribed
  • To review and monitor the processing of applications by Nodal Institutes
  • It may review the Startup ecosystem of the State and make necessary recommendations to the State Government
  • To perform such functions as budgeting for financial assistances being extended to the Startups and Nodal Institutes.


Toll Free Number: 18002330616 (10:30 AM – 6:10 PM)


Mr. R. D. Barhatt, Jt. Commissioner of Industries, Startup Cell, Gujarat


Startup Gujarat Helpdesk
3rd Floor, Industries Commissionerate, Block 1, Udyog Bhawan, Gandhinagar, Gujarat