India ranks 2nd in innovation & quality of scientific publications & universities among middle - income nations. The Country is emerging as a key destination for innovation and R&D and ranks 40th in GII in 2022. One of the key contributors to innovation in the country is startups and entrepreneurs, which are serving as catalysts for change in the dynamic landscape of business and innovation.

Recognizing startups pivotal role, CII has been working towards creating the robust start-ups & entrepreneurial ecosystem across the country over the last few years. CII constituted the Startupreneur Awards towards promoting innovation and robust entrepreneurial ecosystem by honoring startups that make substantial contributions through innovative products, services, technologies, or business models.

This year, CII launch 5th edition of CII Startupreneur Awards with new framework.
  • Encourage innovations for driving technological advancements, addressing societal challenges, and fostering economic growth.
  • Develop robust entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Embracing diversity and inclusion towards
  • Honoring start-ups publicly boosts investor confidence in the startup ecosystem.
  • Support Government vision of “Startup India”

  • Recognition as a best innovation or socially driven startup or a best women entrepreneur.
  • Branding the business through awards logo
  • Opportunity for startups (selected after evaluation) to be affiliated with CII CIES as members, entitling with exclusive benefits
  • Promotion through CII’s website, social media and other channels
  • Complimentary delegate passes for CII National Startup Summit
Award Category
Excellence in
Products / Technology
Innovation by Startup
Recognize for the exceptional performance, quality, and innovation demonstrated by a startup in its technology or products or/ and the introduction of innovative solutions.
Social Impact Startup

Recognize the exceptional innovation by start-up (s) that has demonstrated significant positive social or environmental impact alongside its business operations
Women led Innovation

Recognize the outstanding innovation by woman (en) entrepreneurs in terms of product, technologies, business process which demonstrate has significant impact on their business, society, communities; environment etc.
Timeline is Subjected to Change
(Select startups will be affiliated with CII CIES as members, entitling with exclusive benefits)
Revenue Participation fee
(plus GST 18%)
Below 1 Cr INR 1,000/-
1 Cr   - 10 Cr INR 2,000/-
10 Cr - 25 Cr INR 3,000/-
25 Cr - 50 Cr INR 4,000/-
50 Cr - 100 Cr INR 5,000/-
Grand Jury
CK Ranganathan
CII Startupreneur Awards &
CMD, CavinKare Pvt Ltd
Kris Gopalakrishnan
Grand Jury Advisory Council
CII CIES, Past President, CII
Ashank Desai
Ganapathy Venugopal (VG)
Co-founder & CEO
Axilor Ventures
Govindan Rangarajan
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
I Vijaya Kumar
Co-Founder & CTO
Crayon Data
Ninad Karpe
Prateek Garg
CII North Regional Startup
Committee & Founder and CEO
Progressive Infotech
Raghuttama Rao
Chief Executive Officer
Centre for Innovation &
Entrepreneurship, IIT Madras
Rishikesha T Krishnan
IIM Bengaluru
Sudhir Sethi
Founder & Chairman
Chiratae Ventures
Vinod Sood
Co-Founder &
Managing Director
Hughes Systique
Corporation (HSC)
Ms Sangeeta Karki
Confederation of Indian Indsutry
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Mr Vishal Kant Rai
Confederation of Indian Indsutry
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