Terms & Conditions


The Terms and Conditions to submit an entry to The Economic Times Startup Awards 2017 is as follows:

  1. The Economic Times Startup Awards (ETSA) is an initiative of The Economic Times, a brand of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited (BCCL). The intellectual property and sole copyright of ETSA lies with BCCL.
  2. The Economic Times Startup Awards is supported by partners as published on this website. All rights reserved.
  3. All entries to ETSA must be completed and uploaded on this website before midnight of Sunday, July 3, 2017.
  4. Entry to ETSA does not require any fees.
  5. Evaluation of applications will be undertaken by The Economic Times in consultation with Zinnov and iSpirt who have been assigned the task of creating the first and final shortlists before they are submitted to the jury of ETSA.
  6. All applications must be a truthful representation of the applicant and his or her business venture, and must fulfill the following eligibility criteria.
    1. Applicant/ Entrepreneur must be an Indian national, resident in India, and above 18 years of age on 01 June 2017.
    2. The startup should be registered in India no earlier than 01 Jan 2008. Startups registered before 01 Jan 2008 are not eligible. In the case of the award category ‘Comeback Kid’, the previous, failed enterprise of the entrepreneur should have been registered no earlier than 01 Jan 2006. Eligibility criteria specific to award categories:
    3. Eligibility criteria specific to award categories:
      1. Best on Campus: Startup currently incubated/ accelerated in a campus or has moved out, but no earlier than January 2016.
      2. Women Ahead: Startup founded/co-founded by a woman entrepreneur and with active involvement in current operations by the woman founder.
  7. All entries will be treated in the strictest confidence and will never be shared with any third party except to facilitate judging of entries.
  8. All applicants/startups agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges. No correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entertained in relation to the decision of the evaluators and jury.
  9. All material submitted in support of an entry is warranted by the applicant to be their property and is entered without any encumbrances by third parties.
  10. The applicants indemnify, and agree to keep indemnified, The Economic Times, Zinnov, iSpirt and our sponsors for any claims arising out of any material, statements or claims made as part of their entry.
  11. The applicants/startups agree that The Economic Times Startup Awards is entitled to judge their entry and select what they consider to be the winner in a given category without recourse to the applicant/startup.
  12. The applicants/startups agree to provide a recommendation letter/referral as per the template available on the program website (URL) validating their claim. The recommendation letter may be submitted at the time of submitting the entry form or upon request in Phase 2 of evaluation within the timelines defined by The Economic Times Startup Awards.
  13. The applicants/startups agree that should they be shortlisted for an award they will provide a representative to attend the award ceremony to accept the trophy.
  14. If the applicant/startup wins an award, the applicant grants permission to The Economic Times Startup Awards to use any photographs, video, audio files, written or other material as The Economic Times deems fit and without restriction.
  15. Applications received without the mandatory fields filled will be deemed invalid and withdrawn from the awards.
  16. The Economic Times Startup Awards reserves the right to withdraw an entry from the judging process at any time if the entry is deemed inappropriate for any reason without assigning any reasons whatsoever. Decision of the evaluators and jury shall be final.
  17. The Economic Times Startup Awards reserves the right not to award a category at its own discretion and without recourse to the applicants in the said category.
  18. The Economic Times Startup Awards reserves the right to nominate the applicant in additional categories that it deems appropriate.
  19. The person named on the entry form will be deemed as the point of contact by The Economic Times Startup Awards.
  20. If the name of the nominated contact person changes, The Economic Times Startup Awards must be informed immediately in writing at etsaqueries@timesgroup.com Failure to do so shall lead to the entry being disqualified.
  21. Shortlisted applicants may be required to provide additional information upon request from The Economic Times Startup Awards, within stipulated timelines. Failure to comply will lead to the application being disqualified.
  22. Entry deadlines and other timelines may be extended at the discretion of The Economic Times Startup Awards without assigning any reasons.
  23. The Economic Times reserves the right to change any process, evaluator or jury member at its discretion and without any prior notice or providing any reasons for the same.
  24. Applicants consent to being provided information about products and services of The Times Group from time to time.
  25. Applicants agree to be contacted by BCCL and its sponsors for the purposes of communication (via email, phone or post) regarding the Awards.
  26. The aforementioned rules and regulations will be subject to the laws of India. Disputes, if any, are subject to the jurisdiction in the courts of Delhi. Conditions apply.
  27. All entries will be judged on the information provided at the time of entry, additional amendments or comments may be accepted up until the deadline date, after which no further amendments will be accepted.
  28. Knowledge Partners and Jury of The Economic Times Startup Awards reserve the right, without prior consent of the entrant, to move entries to different categories if they feel it is more appropriate.
  29. The categories are awarded based on the decision by the knowledge partners, jury and The Economic Times and will consider each entry submission against the category criteria and their own discretion based on their relevant expertise.
  30. The Jury will absent themselves from evaluating any entry where they have a vested interest.