ET was deluged with applications right from the day we threw open the awards on June 12. Our aim has been to make the process fair, transparent and reflective of the diversity of the startup space. Only companies set up on or after January 1, 2009, were considered. This meant that several top-notch startups missed qualifying by a whisker.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 .
Some 3,700 applications were received in a little over a week across the eight categories in which the winners are being chosen. The quality of applications was of a very high order, and reflective of the vibrancy and depth of talent among entrepreneurs and employees. 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. Of course, the biggest of them all is the Startup of the Year award.
The entries were ranked on the basis of a set of parameters, including the disruptive potential of the business, the quality of the founding team, extent of investor backing and growth traction. The top editors of the paper held several sessions to winnow down the long list to a shortlist of five.
The jury that will pick the winners comprises the best achievers in Indian entrepreneurship, making this award extra special because it confers recognition by the best among peers. The jury will be chaired by Nikesh Arora of SoftBank and includes Kunal Bahl of Snapdeal, Meena Ganesh of GrowthStory, Rohan Murty of Catamaran Ventures, Rishad Premji of Wipro, Sharad Sharma of iSPIRT, VG Siddhartha of Café Coffee Day and Satyan Gajwani of Times Internet.
Join in the excitement and say three cheers to Indian entrepreneurship.