• Any individual, founder or authorized person can nominate their startup under any of the categories provided (a startup can nominate in more than one category)
  • Each startup can nominate themselves based on stage of funding – Nascent/Seed, Early/ Growth, Expansion & Mezzanine
  • Startup should be: privately held and incorporation/ foundation date should not be more than 5 years from the date of event and should not have a turnover of more than 25 crores in the last 5 financial years


  • A robust framework for pre-screening / evaluation parameters for startups will be used for initial shortlisting
  • A team of experts will evaluate and shortlist the nominees by scoring the startup on a defined set of parameters for each category and for each stage of startup
  • Three finalists from each category stage will be called in for a final presentation in front of the jury on day 2 of the event with a timeslot of 5 minutes (3 for presentation & 2 for Q&A).

Final Selection

  • Final list of shortlisted startups will be evaluated by the jury consisting of eminent industry stalwarts, CEOs, angel investors, venture capitalists etc. having a wide and rich experience of the startup ecosystem
  • Jury will determine the winner in each category based on the presentation along with details entered in the entry form, additional supporting documentation and other criteria as deemed necessary by the jury using pre-defined criteria


  • Winners will be presented with an Award trophy for their achievements and contribution to the startup ecosystem during the grand Awards Night function
  • Video interviews of all winners will also be displayed on the website.