The first ever NDTV Unicorn Start-Up Awards 2016, in association with Vestige and Indigo Nation, celebrated the biggest names in India’s most exciting space in business ‘start-ups’ at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. Hosted by the versatile Mandira Bedi, tech guru Rajiv Makhni and Vikram Chandra, Group CEO, NDTV, the awards recognized the most credible dream chasers who have changed the way India does business.
Women Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Suchi Mukherjee, CEO & Founder, Limeroad and Ranveer Singh was conferred with ‘Brand Ambassador of the Year’. Mr. Amitabh Kant received the prestigious title of ‘Start-Up Person of the Year’ and Mr. Sanjeev Bhikhchandan won the ‘Start-Up Mentor of the Year’.
Post a live pitching session, The New Kid on the Block was awarded to the online pharmacy venture 1mg.
The awards saw some of the biggest mentors and venture capitalists from the start up space in attendance, including Mr Sanjeev Bhikhchandani, Founder, InfoEdge, Dr Abhinav Mathur, ex CTO, Spice Global, Mr Amit Gupta, COO, Jupiter Capital.
Congratulating the winners, Vikram Chandra, Group CEO, NDTV said, We have entered a new business era of start-ups, and it could transform India. NDTV too has expanded its wings in the e-commerce arena and we are growing rapidly. The Unicorn Start-Up Awards is our attempt to honour the unique ideas which have made a mark. From here on, we expect the awards to get bigger and better, and to be the benchmark for entrepreneur recognition.”
Rajiv Makhni, MD Technology, the brainchild behind these awards said, “From nascent ideas cooked up in a warehouse to booming ventures that are eating up market share and attracting consumers at breakneck speed, NDTV Unicorn Start-Up Awards is the highest form of recognition for those that have blazed a trail of their own. This is the start-ups’ moment to shine and occupy centre-stage on a prestigious platform like NDTV.”
NDTV had tied up with NASSCOM 10,000 Startups, as knowledge partner for the awards, and with Tracxn, a start-up intelligence and market research platform, as research partner. The awards recognised the most credible dream-chasers who are going to change the way India does business with a stellar jury panel including Mr R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, Ms. Suchi Mukherjee, Founder and CEO, Limeroad, and Mr Raman Roy, Chairman and Managing Director at Quatrro BPO Solutions.
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