Awards Categories

To boost the Startup ecosystem of India, Startup Awards 2023 are back, where we recognise the special achievement of startups and present the honours to the finest in the startup ecosystem. It is a token of gratitude and appreciation to celebrate the growing talent that brings the best to the World.

Individual Awards

The Awards will recognize the brilliant work done by Individual Entrepreneurs who have impacted Indian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and their leadership of their startup companies.

  • Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Vivacious young business leader demonstrating high growth in minimum age.
  • Founder Of The Year Visionary entrepreneur who took the business from zero to one and one to 100 with least capital raised and minimum time
  • Woman Entrepreneur The woman in business who broke the male boardroom glass ceiling
  • Innovator Of The Year The IP led business leader with the potential for market disruption
  • Resilent Entrepreneur Of The Year The never-give-up entrepreneur who thrived in adversity
  • Global Entrepreneur Of The Year For whom the world is his/her market
  • Startup Leader Of The Year The creator of a new market that didn't exist before
  • Creative Entrepreneur The absolute value creator out of sheer creativity
  • Social Entrepreneur Of The Year Finding real solutions to India's toughest social problems
  • Startup Of The Year

Startup Awards

The Startups will be recognized across sectors for their outstanding contribution to changing the country for the better while building a veritable Business.

  • Travel Start up of the Year From booking platforms to apps to data-driven technology
  • Gaming Start up of the Year Produced creative product & reach more users
  • Best Online Marketplace solutions provider of the Year Great provider of online marketplace services
  • Best Online D2C Start up of the Year The company that believes the online is the best option for them to reach customers with exceptional customer service.
  • Best Technology Start up of the Year Start ups providing / innovating cutting edge technologies
  • Best Software Solutions Provider of the Year Start ups providing nimble and comprehensive software solutions for business scaling (Saas , Enterprise Tech , Software Suit , Cloud tech)
  • Best E-Commerce Start-up of the Year Fast Scaling & Most Innovative E-Commerce Start-up
  • Fashion Start up of the year
  • Home & Craft Start up of the year
  • Best Healthtech Startup Startup Advancing Healthcare With AI
  • Best Fintech Startup Startup Making Waves in Finance Sector- 2021
  • Best Spacetech Startup Innovative Space Startup of India
  • Best Blockchain Startup Blockchain Development Startup
  • Startup Of The Year The business that came of age with phenomenal growth
  • Best Agri Startup Of The Year Agricultural Companies / Farming Companies & Agri-Tech Companies can nominate
  • Best Social Impact Startup Penetrating deeply for impacting the most disadvantaged or underprivileged section of society
  • Best Smart City Solution Startup An idea or solution for resounding change in the fundamental ways of how cities function
  • Best Workforce Enablment Startup Helping solve India's rising skill mismatch through skill development and job placements
  • Best bio-science and bio-technology startup Developing breakthrough products to make healthcare affordable, faster accessible and easy disease diagnosis and quicker recovery
  • Best Food Tech Startup Delivering more than just food
  • Best healthcare startup Solving India's last mile healthcare challenge
  • Best Consumer Internet The high growth profitable digital platform across categories for consumers with minimum capital raised
  • Best Edtech Startup Of The Year Measuring growth in terms of students, courses, engagement time, revenue
  • Best AI Startup Using machine intelligence for fast forwarding growth in the least time
  • Best Deep-Tech Startup The most disruptive engineering innovation powered by virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, robotics in terms of its scale of growth and future impact potential
  • Logistics Startup Of The Year Measuring optimization of existing resources for small business efficiency through automation softwares, last mile deliveries, vehicle tracking, warehouse and supply chain management
  • Cleantech Startup Of The Year Measuring sustainability of use of resources to improve sanitation services
  • Real Estate Startup Of The Year Measuring growth in construction material, property management, brokerage, rental management, buying and selling, site operations etc.
  • Best Tech Aggregator Of The Year It's the Uber for anything that saw rapid scale
  • Energy Startup of the Year Generating, managing, saving, optimizing, dispersing energy through unique ways at lower cost with higher impact
  • Retail Startup Of The Year Start-ups growing across niche retail categories for market and product differentiation
  • B2B Startup Of The Year Young b2b businesses offering products and services with highest client acquisitions
  • Bootstrapped Business Of The Year biggest bootstrapped business in terms of revenue
  • Top Community Builder Startup Of The Year Driving growth through community development and engagement with a social network effect
  • Innovative Concept of the Year The latest experiment that has the potential to become the next biggest fad
  • Professional service Startup of The Year
    • Legal
    • HR
    • Marketing
    • Finance
    • Consultant
  • Product Business of the Year
    • Wellness Product Unique and best selling product in its category or having fastest user adoption
    • Food/FMCG Product The mass selling fmcg product with least time to market
    • Consumer Durable The new best seller in consumer durable goods with highest sales
  • E-Retail start-up of the year

Startup Ecosystem

The Awards will recognize the Ecosystem that has empowered the Startup Industry to become main stream and helped it to grow.

  • Best Co-Working space India's top co-working business by number and quality of co-workers not space
  • Best Mentor The go-to mentor for businesses across b-schools, incubators and networking platforms
  • Best Angel Investor The angel with highest number of deal volume or diversity in portfolio
  • Best Incubation Centre The incubator with highest number of successful graduates along with number of jobs and IP generated
  • Best Accelerator Programme The accelerator with highest number and quality of companies apart from technology offered and growth achieved after the programme
  • Best PE /VC Fund The fund with maximum successful exits
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  • Only companies, firms or businesses registered, based in India can apply.
  • Any organization / entrepreneur /allied sector can apply. Each applicant can apply for one or multiple categories
  • Self- Nomination forms should be sent along with the prescribed fee to Entrepreneur India . The nominees in each category will be presented to the final jury for determination of winners.
  • Information received will be treated confidential and not used for any purpose except for determining the winners of the awards.
  • Incomplete questionnaire in any manner will disqualify a participant from participating in the awards.
  • Right to permit participation and cancel/change award category is reserved with Awards management.
  • Nomination Fee INR. - 15,000 Plus 18 % GST per category.
  • Under no circumstances the nomination fee will be refunded.



  • Participants need to complete the participation questionnaire form as attached in order to submit their entries or submit their entries by mailing across the nomination form at
  • Right to permit participation is reserved with Awards Management
  • Employees of the Awards management & Sponsors, and the members of their immediate family, persons with criminal convictions, persons other than citizens of India, are ineligible to be a part of the Awards.
  • The Award categories may be dropped, increased or modified based on the level of response received, at the discretion of the awards management without prior information to the nominees
  • The parameters for evaluation are subject to revision by the internal and external juries and Awards Management


  • The participation questionnaire needs to be completed and submitted to Entrepreneur India by 1800 hrs by March 12th, 2023
  • Receipt of entries after the last date of receipt specified may be permitted only at the discretion of Awards management
  • Awards management will not be responsible for entries that are not submitted properly / received late
  • Incomplete questionnaire in any manner will disqualify a participant from participating in the Awards
  • Entries will be accepted in English only
  • The participation questionnaire to be signed - off by participant's authorized signatories
  • The Awards Management reserves the right to nominate certain business/firms for each category, in case of non-participation by the small business/firm for whatever reason.


  • Awards Management has the right to ask for proof of information provided / audit the information provided in the entry form. If such a request is made and the participant does not agree, the participant could be disqualified from participation at the Awards
  • Information received will be treated as confidential and not used for any purpose except for determining the winner of the Awards
  • If at any time, any information provided by any participant is found to be incorrect in any manner, then the participant will not be permitted to continue participation in the Awards
  • If, after the conclusion of the Award ceremony, any information provided by any participant is found to be incorrect in any manner, the participant will be liable to return the Award and any monetary / non-monetary incentives provided as part of the Award
  • Determination of whether information is incorrect or not rests with Awards Management


  • Entries received will be collated with identified entries to ensure completeness of participants
  • An initial jury will evaluate collated list of entries based on pre-defined evaluation criteria to determine nominees in each category
  • The decision of the above short listing is binding and final on all Participants
  • Nominees could be contacted in case of any missing information.
  • In the event no entries in a category are found to be worthy of inclusion in the Awards, the category could be cancelled at the discretion of Juries or Awards Management. The internal jury may decide that no nominee is worthy of the Award and disqualify all participants at its discretion
  • Jury decision is binding on all participants


  • The nominees in each category will be presented to the final jury for determination of winners
  • The final jury will score and/or rank each nominee based on pre-defined evaluation criteria
  • Jury's decision is final and binding on all Participants.
  • Participants understand and agree that mere participation in the Awards does not entitle Participants to win a prize.
  • The Jury may decide, in order to maintain high standards of these awards, that there could be no winner in a particular category.


  • Decision of Awards Management on all matters is final and binding on all Nominees and no correspondence will be entertained on the same
  • Nominees and Winners permit free of cost the use of their name and factual information about their participation in the public media (for the build-up to the Awards, during the Awards ceremony and after the Awards ceremony) and do not have any right to any revenues earned through intellectual property rights generated by the Awards, if any
  • The Company will not be liable for any claims / disputes made by the Participants, Nominees or Winners in relation to the Award.
  • The Company reserves the right to withdraw, or amend these terms at any time and does not take responsibility for any loss or damage that any person or organization may suffer as a result of participating or attempting to participate in the Awards, the Awards being withdrawn or its terms amended.
  • The Company cannot and shall not be accountable / liable for any disruptions / stoppages / interruptions or cancellation of the Awards. The Company and its contractors cannot be held responsible for matters out of its control and for force majored reasons.
  • Additions, deletions and/or modifications to these Rules are at the discretion of the Company and the Company may make such additions/deletions and/or modifications, at any time before or after the Awards.
  • All disputes relating to or arising out of the Awards shall be subject to the laws of India, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of competent jurisdiction at Delhi, India.
  • The Participants, Nominees and Winners agree that they shall hold harmless the Company and Sponsors, its employees, officers, contractors or other persons and shall defend them against any loss, claim, demands, costs, damages, judgments, expenses or liability arising out of or in connection with any or all claims whether or not groundless, that may be brought against the Company by any third party in connection with participation in or winning the Award.
  • If Participants are unclear as to the rules or any element of the Awards or experience difficulties of any kind, they can write in their questions, problems or queries to the address given below.
  • Upon receipt of your nomination form along with the nomination fee, your nomination will be confirmed. Any cancellation must be received in writing. Under no circumstances the nomination fee will be refunded.

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