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

    8 Dec 2018

    The Taj West End, Bangalore

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    Registrations: 9.00 AM to 9.45 AM
    Opening Keynote by a leading entrepreneur who recently exited his venture.
    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
    Fireside Chat with a founder of a Startup50 company and a leading venture capital investor
    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) Is the organization exit ready?
    15-minute TED Style talks on the finer nuances of launching and building a venture from Idea to Exit.
    4 entrepreneurs/investors from Startup50 2018 winning companies will join the Panel
    Keynote & Interactive Session with leading entrepreneur 
    Partner of one of India's most important Growth Stage VC firms delivers a Keynote
    Awards Night honouring the Founders of 50 Startup50 2018 companies followed by Networking, Dinner & Cocktails
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