CONFERENCE AND AWARDS
Bangalore OCT 21
2016
Overview

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.

The nominated companies will be evaluated by a jury, which comprises a leading panel of experts from the Indian entrepreneurship ecosystem, investors and respected business leaders. The panel will evaluate the applicants based on eight criteria:

  • 1. Originality of idea
  • 2. Innovation of business model
  • 3. The long term potential
  • 4. Revenue/profit and revenue/profit growth
  • 5. Employee satisfaction
  • 6. Customer satisfaction
  • 7. Brand Recognition
  • 8. Social impact (as applicable)

For over 5 years now, we, at The Smart CEO have conducted thought-provoking interviews with aspiring and successful leaders, entrepreneurs and investors who have changed the face of India’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. At every juncture, our goal has been to understand the finer nuances and the context in which entrepreneurs built and scaled their businesses and convey it to our readers in the form of stories and anecdotes. Our readers often come back and tell us that every edition gives them an idea or two to implement in their own ventures.

While there are numerous awards to recognize leading entrepreneurs in India, we thought there was space for one more. This one – The Smart CEO Startup 50 Awards – is deeply focused on recognizing, rewarding and honouring entrepreneurs who started off their ventured within the last six years (after April 2009), scaled up their companies, kept their employees happy and in the process built up a trustworthy brand. Most importantly, these entrepreneurs we want to recognize are not building for the short-term, rather, their goals and ambitions are to build a venture that would last several boom and bust cycles and contribute handsomely to the growth of India as a country, be it through job creation or inspiring the younger generation.

A company can be nominated either by one of the founders, its senior professionals or by its venture capital investors.

We’re working towards making The Smart CEO Startup 50 Conference and Awards an annual media property, that’d play a vital role in inspiring young Indians for generations to come.

Last year, the Startup 50 Conference and Awards was held on August 28th 2015 at Taj West End in Bangalore and it was a grand success.

This year, it is scheduled for September 16, 2016 (Friday) in Bangalore. The location will be announced shortly. 

Register now to be a part of one of India’s most exciting startup events. Registrations open shortly.

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