THE ECONOMIC TIMES STARTUP AWARDS

The Economic Times Startup Awards have been instituted to celebrate the finest and bravest who risked everything to launch a new enterprise. It is recognition of the sweat and tears that went into shaping what will drive the nation’s economic engines tomorrow. The awards salute the entrepreneurs and also seek to inspire the dreamers and daredevils in all of us

The Economic Times launched the Startup Awards to further its commitment towards pushing the country’s agenda on entrepreneurship and young leadership. Through the Startup Awards, we strive to engage with startups and investors, identify the deserving startups and celebrate the vaulting ambition and skills of some of India’s best-known entrepreneurs and investors who have built and mentored the country’s fastest-growing startups. We recognize excellence in eight categories Startup of the Year, ET – Facebook Woman Ahead, Top Innovator, Bootstrap Champ, Midas Touch (Best Investor), Social Enterprise, Best on Campus and Comeback Kid.

built and mentored the country’s fastest-growing startups. We recognize excellence in eight categories Startup of the Year, ET – Facebook Woman Ahead, Top Innovator, Bootstrap Champ, Midas Touch (Best Investor), Social Enterprise, Best on Campus and Comeback Kid.

Zinnov Consulting, a team of passionate consultants, mentors and investors, has provided the first-level support for evaluating startups before the final shortlist is shared with an esteemed jury comprising some of the biggest names in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Bootstrap consultancy, iSpirt, has provided its intellectual capital in evaluating this category of Awards.

AWARD CATEGORIES

STARTUP OF THE YEAR

The startup that has displayed the greatest growth over the last year and has the potential to become a blue-chip corporation.

TOP INNOVATOR

This award will recognize innovations that have the potential to launch a business or give it a big boost. It should be an original idea that is core to the business.

BEST ON CAMPUS

This award will recognize a startup founded by a student while studying, that should now be shaping up as a commercial enterprise.

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WOMAN AHEAD

A startup launched and led by a woman that demonstrates superior performance in its competitive space.

BOOTSTRAP CHAMP

The startup that has shown great growth without external funding of any sort (excluding family and friends) and has the potential to scale up into a large enterprise.

COMEBACK KID

This award will be bestowed upon that extraordinary entrepreneur who grew stronger from his or her failure and bounced back with a successful subsequent business.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

This award seeks to recognize the best startup that offers a product or service as a solution to society’s most pressing problems.

MIDAS TOUCH (BEST INVESTOR)

This one’s reserved for an investor who displayed the best investment acumen over the last year defined as an exit, early investment in a notable startup, or realization of an earlier investment.

TIMELINE

Phase 1

MARCH  2017

Inviting nominations from the startup community

Phase 2

MAY  2017

Shortlisting of the nominations by ET Editors and Knowledge Partners

Phase 3

JULY  2017

Jury Meet − review of the shortlisted nominations by a closed-door jury, which fill decide the winner for each of the 8 categories

Phase 4

AUGUST  2017

Award Ceremony