Bangalore Apr 24
Recognizing the
leaders & changemakers
of tomorrow
The Startup50 Conference and Awards was conceptualized with a very specific goal in mind: to recognize and reward entrepreneurs who've scaled up their ventures brilliantly.

The Conference track will revolve around understanding the art and science of building long-term businesses in various sectors - including technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer, retail etc. - through discussions with venture capital investors and entrepreneurs.

The summit will culminate with an awards ceremony to recognize 50 of India's most promising startups.

nominate your startup
Calling startups founded after April 2012 to nominate themselves to The Smart CEO Startup50 Awards. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the various milestones your venture has crossed to India's leading entrepreneurs, business leaders, VC and PE investors, and professional CEOs. The process and methodology of identifying India's top 50 startups will be fair and transparent, and we'll share the details in this page shortly.
  • Startups contacted for data
    Oct 22- Nov 18, 2018
  • Jury Meetings
    Nov 10-18, 2018
  • Startup50 List Announced
    Dec 8, 2018
  • nominate

    24 Apr 2020

    The Taj West End, Bangalore

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    Registrations: 9.00 AM to 9.45 AM
    Introduction by Prem Sivakumaran, Founder & Director, SmartCEO & Startup50. Prem will speak about '8 unique tactics adopted by highly successful entrepreneurs'.  
    Rajiv Srivatsa, co-founder of Urban Ladder, one of India's leading online furniture and home decor brands, will speak on "Growth Done Right - Anecdotes from Urban Ladder".
    Fireside Chat titled 'Conversations on Scale'
    Coffee Break for 15 minutes
    TED-Style Talks by 4 of India's most interesting Venture Capital Investors.
    Suresh Elangovan - Founder, CEO & MD - Mindlogicx engages in a discussion of "Going Global" with Tanaz Buhariwalla - Director - India - IDA Ireland
    Anand Anandkumar, co-founder & CEO, BugWorks, Leo Mavely, founder & CEO, Axio Biosolutions; Dr R. VL Ramprasad, Chief Operating Officer, MedGenome, speak about designing a healthcare business for scale. Moderated by TS Abinandan of Veda Corp.
    TED-Style talk by Amit Ramani of Awfis
    3 FinTech/Financial Services entrepreneurs who're leading 3 extremely exciting businesses get together for a brainstorming session on building scale in the fintech segment.
    Coffee Break, while the Ball Room gets rejigged for the Awards Night & Gala Dinner.
    Mr. TV Mohandas Pai, one of India's most exciting business leaders, venture capital investor, angel investor, and a major catalyst for the India entrepreneurship ecosystem inaugurates the awards night and delivers a keynote. He'll speak on the subject - You've had a wonderful start to your entrepreneurial journey. what next?
    K. Ganesh of Growth Story, the venture building platform that has promoted BigBasket, Portea Medical, FreshMenu and a slew of rapid growth companies, will speak on a subject that he absolutely specialises in - Idea to Exit. This will be a fireside chat with one of the editors of Smart CEO.
    Keynote address by a Leader from Facebook India, the title sponsors for the event. Topic: Building Brands - Minimizing Friction Maximizing Efficiency'
    Awards Night, Dinner & Cocktails
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