After the heady rush of initial years, Indian start-ups went through a churn in 2016. A spate of mergers beckons this year, as local firms brace against a global onslaught.

He was a 26-year-old young achiever. A dropout from India’s premier tech institute —Bombay IIT. A chief executive officer of a company he himself co-founded with 11 others. A man who became the toast of the nascent start-up ecosystem in India when within two years, five rounds of funding, a list of investors as prestigious as Japan’s Softbank, Qualcomm Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners and Helion Venture Partners, valuation peaked at $220 million.

India’s largest state has caught the attention of investors of late but has a long way to go.

In one of his earliest interactions with the press after the formation of Niti Aayog, India’s premier think tank, two years ago, Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya took exception to Rajasthan being referred to as a “BIMAROU” state. The oft-used acronym means diseased or sick in Hindi and is made up of the Indian states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. It was coined in the 1980’s by prominent demographer and economic analyst Ashish Bose to refer to the poor economic conditions in these states.

Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Investment Policy and Promotion (DIPP), took time out of his punishing schedule to meet ‘India Investment Journal’ to speak about, among other things, how his department is easing rules and re-engineering government processes to make India an easier place to do business in.

As we welcome the start of a New Year, ‘India Investment Journal’ takes a look-back at developments in 2016 that will continue to unravel and define 2017.

The last year was characterised by many upheavals and will go down in history as a year of turbulence and disruptions. In our central feature, we pick out five such developments that emerged as central to these disruptions and analyse why they will be the ones to watch out for in the New Year.

Shruti Chandra gave up a promising career at a global Big 4 consultancy to help build India into the world’s top investment destination. Her job: hand hold foreign investors from conceptualisation to cash flow.

It was a mini-crisis. One of the world’s largest retail chains had been served notice to shut shop at duty free areas of Delhi and Mumbai airports. Reason: its security clearance had expired.

One of the policy chiefs at the US India Business Council (USIBC) presents a kind of first-hand account of India’s journey towards easing up its business environment.

In 2016, India moved up several places in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ Rankings. Why the quick leap? In part, because of the government of India’s singular, constant, and relentless focus on making India a welcome destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and for business.

Prime Minister Modi started, early in his administration…

A patent agent offers his take on India’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation, measures being taken to combat infringement and how they tie in with the Make in India programme.

The 21st century belongs to entrepreneurs. Keeping that in mind the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India, announced The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy on May 13, 2016.

The aim of the policy is to create awareness about…