About Startup 2018

Poised to be India's hottest start-up carnival, Startup 2018 is conceived as the microcosm of elements that promote the startup zeal. Here, one can find inspiration, indulge in competition amongst peers, and get recognition for their efforts.

To deliver on these promises, Startup 2018 will present a three-faceted approach

  • Founder’s Summit: Deliver INSPIRATION through talks from achievers
  • Startup Superhero Hunt: Promote COMPETITION, thereby delivering more value to the eco-system
  • Startup Awards: RECOGNITION of special achievements of the startup world

Celebrating the indomitable spirit of entrepreneurship with us will be Superstar Akshay Kumar, who’ll join us at Startup 2018, and judge the Finale of the Startup Superstar Hunt too.

Startup 2018 is organised by BusinessEx.com - the platform of choice for Business buyers and sellers, in partnership with Entrepreneur - the world’s premier business magazine, and Franchise India – Asia’s leading integrated Franchise consulting company. The Show is also backed by ET NOW – India’s premier Business News channel, as the media partner, and has got just the right DNA to become the numero uno platform for start-ups in the country.

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Chief Guests

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Startup Superhero Hunt

Hunt to find the next super hero startup

The Startup Hunt is dedicated to finding the latest, hottest, and fastest-growing startups of the year. The auditions will happen across 10 metro cities in the month of January and Top 5 semi-finalist will be awarded on the 22nd of January at the main ceremony in Delhi. Entrepreneur Magazine in collaboration with the movie Padman, are here to make your Startup more profitable & visible on a national platform. Led by the ever energetic and entertaining Mr.Akshay Kumar, we're here to showcase the most successful and fastest growing companies. The winners will also be a part of the Grand Finale on National TV Times Now

Audition Location

  • 06 JanKolkata

  • 09 JanMumbai

  • 10 JanBangalore

  • 11 JanChennai

  • 12 JanHyderabad

  • 13 JanPune

  • 16 JanDelhi

  • 18 JanJaipur

  • 19 JanAhmedabad

  • 21 JanChandigarh

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Awards Categories

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Individual Awards

The Awards will recognize the brilliant work done by Individual Entrepreneurs who have impacted Indian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and their leadership of their startup companies.

  • Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
  • Startup Of The Year
  • Founder Of The Year

Startup Awards

The Startups will be recognized across sectors for their outstanding contribution to changing the country for the better while building a veritable Business.

  • Best Social Impact Startup
  • Best Smart City Solution Startup
  • Best Workforce Enablment Startup

Startup Ecosystem

The Awards will recognize the Ecosystem that has empowered the Startup Industry to become main stream and helped it to grow.

  • Best Co-Working space
  • Best Angel Investor
  • Best Mentor
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Founders Summit

Where the innovators of today meet

The Founders Summit connects startups & innovators that build great companies, inspire creative thinking and create change in communities across the country. Founding story keynotes anchor 150 minutes of conversations that offer exclusive access to India's leading innovators.

  • 1 Day
  • 10 Founders
  • 150 Minutes of Knowledge
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Franchise Reality Show

Our country is blessed with creative and ambitious minds that are ready to take on the world. In order to promote this spirit of growth and ambition, Franchise India & Times Network have joined hands for a nation-wide hunt for the 'Next Global Brand' at worlds’ first-ever franchise reality show called FRANCHISE INDIA SHOW.

FRANCHISE INDIA SHOW is a platform that aims at providing an opportunity to all the business owners of India to further develop and amplify their businesses. This innovative platform is the first of its kind TV reality show which will be telecasted on Times Now, TV partner for the show. It will provide a chance to all the Entrepreneurs, SME’s and other Enterprises from all walks of industries to come and compete with the best of the best and give their organization a new dimension and success.

Registration/Audition: Begins 3rd January, 2018
TV Premiere: February 2018 onwards

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Meet some of our 35 under 35 Startups of 2017
Neha Kakkar Singer
Rana Daggubati Actor & Producer
P V Sindhu Sports Personality
Abhiraj Bhal Co-Founder,urbanclap.com
Aditya Thackeray Politician
Ananya Birla Founder,Svatantra Microfin
Virat Kohli Captain,Indian Cricket Team
Satnam Singh Bhamara Sportsperson
Amruda Nair Joint MD and CEO,Aiana
Mihir Desai Co-Owner,The Bar Stock Exchange
Tarun Arora Director, Finance and Operations,IG International Pvt. Ltd.
Greg Moran CEO and Co-Founder, Zoomcar
Rahul Uppal Founder and Director,Woohoodoodh (Happy Beverages and Foods Pvt. Ltd.)
Kalyani Khona Founder, Inclov
Ankit Mehta Co-Founder and CEO, Ideaforge
Samar Singla CEO, Founder, Jugnoo
Anirudh Sharma Founder and Director, Graviky Labs
Nikhil Kamath Founder, Zerodha
Jaspreet Singh Founder and CEO, Druva
Sachin Jaiswal Founder, NIKI.AI
Jatin Ahuja MD, Big Boy Toyz
Kaushal Dugar Founder & CEO, Teabox
Anisha Singh Co-Founder, Letternote, 2012
Archit Gupta Founder, Cleartax
Manan Khurma Founder and CEO, Cuemath
Ayan Mukherjee Film Director
Srikanth Bolla Founder and CEO, Bollant Industries
Rajesh Yabaji CEO and Co-Founder, Blackbuck
Aronin P Co-Founder and CEO, Sastra Robotics
Neha Juneja Co-Founder, Greenway
Saket Modi Founder,Lucideus Tech
Sidharth Gupta Founder, Treebo Hotels
Pranav Pai & Siddarth Pai Founders, 3ONE4 Capital
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