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The Indian Startup Awards is a unique series of events in the Inda to recognize, celebrate and connect the Indian startup ecosystem. In addition to being regional it is also cross-sectorial, bringing together all the actors within the startup ecosystem from startups and investors, to journalists and many more.

HOW IT WORKS:

The NSA is carried out in two rounds. First, national finals are held in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Then, national winners will move on to the Grand Finale. This year, it will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, hosted by Icelandic Startups. The Grand Finale country relocates every year.

  • Startup of the Year

    Startup of the Year

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, impact, sales, product and/or services.

    Criteria: growth, revenue, society impact, international scope.

  • Best Newcomer

    Best Newcomer

    Description

    Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown a promising track based on growth, impact, sales, product and/or services.

    Criteria: growth, revenue, funds raised, social impact, team size.

  • Best Bootstrapped

    Best Bootstrapped

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, impact, sales, product and/or services, with no funding.

    Criteria: personal money used to start the business, growth, age of the startup, revenue.

  • Best Investment Company

    Best Investment Company

    Description

    An investment company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be defined as an exit, early investment of a notable startup or realisation of an earlier investment.

    Criteria: investments, exits, minimum $ invested.

  • Best Business Angel

    Best Business Angel

    Description

    An individual investor that has displayed the best investment acumen in startups over the last year, based on seed stage investments.

    Criteria: investments, exits, minimum $ invested, experience.

  • Founder of the Year

    Founder of the Year

    Description

    An individual that has shown notable achievements over the last year. Notable achievements could be fund raising, great customer growth, good financials, great leadership.

    Criteria: growth, funds raised, skills, leadership, founder's age.

  • CTO Hero of the Year

    CTO Hero of the Year

    Description

    An individual that has shown notable achievements over the last year through management of product development and showing great leadership.

    Criteria: accomplishments in product development, knowledge/education, leadership, experience, CTO's age, startup's age.

  • Startup Media of the Year

    Startup Media of the Year

    Description

    An individual or company that has displayed passion for the startup scene by providing insightful and impacting coverage as either a blogger or a journalist. It could be based on stories shared with impact, original/creative angles, perseverance interest in the topic.

    Criteria: growth, creativity, society impact, international scope, age.

  • Best Office Space

    Best Office Space

    Description

    An office space that deserves the recognition for its help & services to the startup ecosystem, and for creating an environment that fosters innovation.

    Criteria: companies/individuals in the office space, startup residence time, culture & environment, service & support, community activity, price and lease term.

  • Best Accelerator Program

    Best Accelerator Program

    Description

    The accelerator program that has created the best environment for growth and innovation and fostered the startups with the best financial results.

    Criteria: funding offered, equity (%), success rate, knowledge, critical resources available, startups in the program.

  • Best Social Tech Startup

    Best Social Tech Startup

    Description

    Startup with a product or service within the field of social entrepreneurship that have created the most impact and or growth.

    Criteria: social responsibility type: environment/philanthropy, problem solved or intended to solve, team size, uniqueness, revenue.

  • Best IoT Startup

    Best IoT Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development based on a technology that focuses on the interaction between hardware, IT, data and society.

    Criteria:
    Technological innovation, application, originality, social impact/problem solved, growth potential.

  • Best Exponential Startup

    Best Exponential Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year by either adapting, developing and/or implementing a disruptive technological innovation.

    Criteria:
    Number of users/subscribers/sales, revenue, society impact, international scope, age of the startup, valuation, utsourced resources.

Definitions

Startup
A newly and active established business with up to 5 years age.

Organisation
An organisation that work for to improve the startup ecosystem. It doesn’t matter if the Organisation is “none profit”, “none for profit” or a “for profit” organisation.

Impact
To change the name of the game and the way things are “normally” done.

Sales
Most sales in numbers and or revenue.

Growth
Growth in the form of employees, countries to operate, number of users etc.

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