Bangalore DEC 8
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

    13 Oct 2017

    The Taj West End, Bangalore

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    Registrations: 9.00 AM to 9.45 AM
    Formal Inauguration & Opening Keynote by, Krishnakumar Natarajan (KK), Executive Chairman, Mindtree.  KK will be speaking on the topic: "The 10 most difficult but critical decisions we made at Mindtree to take it from #Idea2IPO."
    In this Panel Discussion on "Idea Validation & Year-1" we try to arrive at answers to the following questions: 1) How do I do better in Year-1 of my venture? 2) Am I pursuing the right idea? 3) Have I established proof of concept? 4) Is there a large enough market I can serve? 5) How can get customer validation. In the discussion, we understand from 2 investors and 2 entrepreneurs the approach to ensure we maximise the odds of success in the first 365 days of a business.
    Coffee Break
    On Sept 14, 2017,'s IPO was subscribed 441% and at the upper end of the price band, the company was valued at Rs. 2225 crore. In this fireside chat, we bring together two people who have worked with each other for a very long time. Srikanth Narasimhan is Founder of Veda Corp, will engage with the founder & CEO of, Murugavel Janakiraman, on's journey from Idea2IPO. And, one more thing: For Muruga, is not just a business. He found his life partner on the same platform he built.
    Mahesh Natarajan Senior Vice President - Marketing & Business Development, Ananda Spa, will deliver a talk on 'From niche to scale- building luxury wellness brand Ananda and taking it global'
    In this Panel Discussion, we take a deep dive into the art and science of scaling a business. Through in-depth and nuanced questions to the founders of some of India's fastest growing ventures, we aim to answer the following questions: 1) How do we get ready internally, within the organisation, to scale up rapidly? 2) How do deal with external forces? 3) How do we balance growth and profits? 4) How do we hire the right team and design the organisation optimally? 5) How do we enter new geographies?
    Talk by Tanaz Buhariwalla, Director, India of IDA Ireland, will address the audience
    5 entrepreneurs from Startup50 2017 winning companies discuss the topic of building and scaling a consumer-facing brand.
    4 entrepreneurs/investors from Startup50 2017 winning companies will join the Panel
    Keynote & Interactive Session with K. Ganesh of Growth Story  K. Ganesh has built and successfully exited 4 companies and is currently the founder of Growth Story, an entrepreneurship platform to pursue several startup ideas in parallel. He's currently the promoter of Portea Medical, BigBasket, FreshMenu, HomeLane and several other exciting startups. In this keynote, he'll speak about designing your organisation for an exit.
    Karan Bhagat, Founder & CEO of IIFL Investment Managers, will address the Startup50 Audience on the topic of Wealth Creation, Wealth Management & More. Informally put, he's share tips and tricks on helping our successful founders invest their millions & billions with care.
    Keynote & Interactive Session with Mr. Ashok Soota, Chairman of Happiest Minds and Author of Entrepreneurship Simplified Mr. Soota will deliver a short talk on the key lessons he's drawn from building 3 different companies, Wipro where he was President, Mindtree, where he was Founder & Chairman, and now Happiest Minds. Post his talk, we'll engage in a coordinated discussion between Mr. Soota and the winners of Startup50 2017 companies.  
    Awards Night followed by Networking, Dinner & Cocktails, powered by Witlinger, Grover Zampa & Glenfiddich
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