India is home to the third largest number of technology-driven start-ups in the world, with the US and the UK occupying the top two positions, according to a report.
The study, conducted by Assocham in association with the Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, also revealed Bengaluru plays host to the largest share of technology start-ups in the country, followed by Delhi-NCR and Mumbai, while Hyderabad and Chennai too are popular among budding tech entrepreneurs.
"In the technology-driven startups, India has moved up to the third position with the US occupying the top position with more than 47,000 and the UK with over 4,500.
"India's tech start-ups numbered around 4,200 up to 2015," the report pointed out.
In terms of the total number of start-ups, in both tech and non-tech areas, India again figured among the five biggest hosts in the world along with China (10,000 each).
The US occupies the top slot with 83,000 start-ups.
IT hub Bengaluru is host to 26 per cent of domestic tech start-ups, followed by Delhi-NCR (23 per cent) and Mumbai (17 per cent). In the 'catching up' category were Hyderabad (8 per cent), Chennai and Pune (6 per cent each).
"The disruptive innovation in technology and process is creating newer Indian start-ups and foreign investors, including some of the well-known venture capital funds, are showing immense interest in these start-ups," Assocham president Sunil Kanoria said.
The awareness that a start-up is a vehicle of rapid growth through technological disruption and innovation has to spread across the economy, the report said. Otherwise, if any small traditional business is treated as a start-up, then the ecosystem will never develop properly, it added.
The study recommended that synergising 'Startup India' with 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' initiatives has the potential to expand the domestic ecosystem for new entrepreneurs.
It also suggested tax exemption for research and experimentation to encourage fresh ideas without fear of failure. Recommending a Stanford University model in various Indian universities, the Assocham-Thought Arbitrage paper said courses on creation of small businesses should be encouraged in campuses.