By ET Bureau | Aug 02, 2016
The countdown to choose the winners of India's biggest and best startup awards has begun. On Saturday, August 6, a jury consisting of the who's who of the startup world will meet in Bengaluru to choose winners from a list of high achievers.
From today until Friday, we will unveil the contenders who have made it to the shortlist of five from which the high-power jury will choose the winners of the second edition of The Economic Times Startup Awards. To make it to this elite group is a major achievement, and ET congratulates all those who have made the cut. Every day, we will unwrap the shortlist in two categories; today it is the turn of Bootstrap Champ (those who have built a startup without outside funding) and Top Innovator.
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The shortlist has been arrived at based on nominations from the highest achievers and best minds in the startup ecosystem.
ET reached out to 50 founders and investors who helped us identify the high-quality group from which the shortlist of five has been chosen. We worked with technology consultancy Zinnov as our knowledge partner, and software products think tank iSPIRT helped curate the list for the Bootstrap Champ category. The eight categories capture the breadth of startup activity in India — other than the two mentioned above, there are awards saluting students, women, investors, social entrepreneurs and those bouncing back from failure. And, of course, there is the top prize for the Startup of the Year.
The jury which will choose the winners comprises Google Southeast Asia and India Managing Director Rajan Anandan; Curefit cofounder Mukesh Bansal; Flipkart cofounder Sachin Bansal; Satyan Gajwani of Times Internet; The Wharton School professor Kartik Hosanagar; Amitabh Kant, the chief executive officer of government's policy formulation think tank Niti Aayog; Vani Kola of Kalaari Capital; Subrata Mitra of Accel Partners; Infosys cofounder Nandan Nilekani and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
Starting today, we showcase the five entrants who are at the very top in each of the eight categories in which The Economic Times Startup Awards will be presented. The short-listed candidates comprise the best of their breed and provide a glimpse of the entrepreneurial talent in India.
Self-funded startups with the potential to grow into large companies.
The best original ideas that set the startup apart from competition