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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 –

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.

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 in top 10 metros in the month of January and top 10 semifinalist will be awarded on the 22nd of January at the main ceremony in Delhi. Led by entrepreneur magazine in collaboration with the movie Padman, we’re here to make your startup more profitable & visible on a national platform. led by leading actor Mr.Akshay Kumar, we’re here to showcase the most successful, fastest growing companies. The winners will also be a part of the grand finale on national TV ET Now.

Awards Ceremony

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

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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