We recognize excellence in eight categories Startup of the Year, Woman Ahead, Top Innovator, Bootstrap Champ, Midas Touch Best Investor, Social Enterprise, Best on Campus and Comeback Kid.


The Jury of The Economic Times Startup Awards comprises some of the finest business leaders, investors and startup gurus. Together, this team of 10 will assess the entries to award the crème de la crème in the Indian startup community.

Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani knows a thing or two about disruption and reinvention. He was CEO and then co-chairman of India's second-largest technology firm that he cofounded, Infosys, before he decided to leave to spearhead the world's largest citizens identification number project.

Sachin Bansal

Sachin Bansal is executive chairman of Flipkart. Beginning from a tiny bedroom in Koramangala, Bengaluru, Sachin Bansal along with cofounder Binny Bansal has grown Flipkart into an online retail juggernaut taking on global ecommerce giant Amazon in India. As CEO of Flipkart until January 2016.

Vani Kola

Vani Kola, the Managing Director of Kalaari Capital, was the winner of the 'Midas Touch Award for Best Investor' in the inaugural ET Startup Awards in 2015. Not for nothing. Kola boasts an enviable track record of spotting entrepreneurs who would go on to build some of the largest companies in their

Subrata Mitra

Subrata Mitra Senior Partner, Accel,has been investing in Indian startups for longer than a decade. In 2005, he cofounded one of the country's earliest seed-stage investment firms, Erasmic Ventures. It was there that Mitra first backed Dhiraj Rajaram's Mu Sigma, giving the company office space as it was


March 10, 2017

Fresh Desk

Freshdesk, a cloud-based customer support company founded by Girish Mathrubootham and Shanmugam Krishnaswamy, is one of a select few from India to successfully sell enterprise software […]
March 10, 2017


Avnish Bajaj is a rare venture capital investor to have successfully built and sold a consumer internet business in India. Online marketplace Baazee, which he cofounded […]
March 10, 2017

Mitra Biotech

Mitra Biotech’s patented technology platform, Canscript, helps hospitals and doctors figure the right combination and sequence of drugs to be administered to cancer patients. Canscript analyses […]
March 10, 2017

Ather Energy

The three-year-old startup has developed a smart scooter that will get to know its users better, the more they ride it. Each user will have their […]
March 10, 2017


AgroStar is a mobile commerce platform through which farmers can procure raw material by giving a simple missed call or through the startup’s mobile application, which […]
March 10, 2017


The online discount brokerage offers equity investment services, currency and commodity trading, and retail and institutional broking. It accounts for about 4% of the retail trade […]
March 10, 2017


Kunal Shah became financially independent at 16, selling T-shirts, mixed tapes and even teaching internet courses. After a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Mumbai’s Wilson College, […]
December 8, 2014

Portea Medical

Meena Ganesh is managing director of healthcare startup Portea Medical, which she cofounded in July 2013. The company has 4,500+ employees and operates in 20 cities […]