Cel­e­brat­ing Spirit of En­trepreneur­ship

The Economic Times - - Disruption: Startups & Tech -

On Au­gust 18, the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious startup awards will be pre­sented at a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony in Bengaluru that will play host to the some of the in­dus­try’s most in­flu­en­tial founders, in­vestors and pol­icy mak­ers.

At this third edi­tion of The Eco­nomic Times Startup Awards, our paper is as­sem­bling an eclec­tic panel to cel­e­brate the spirit of en­trepreneur­ship and to dis­cuss the best way for­ward for In­dian star­tups seek­ing to man­age the chal­lenges of growth.

Shar­ing their in­sights on stage will be Niti Aayog’s Amitabh Kant, Nan­dan Nilekani the co­founder of In­fosys, Sachin Bansal of Flip­kart, Ra­jan Anan­dan of Google, Fal­guni Na­yar of Nykaa and Naveen Te­wari of InMobi.

Ev­ery day at least two new star­tups take shape in In­dia, in­spired, no doubt, by those who came be­fore and built busi­nesses that have trans­formed the way In­di­ans now shop, com­mute, learn, seek health­care or en­ter­tain them­selves.

These ven­tures, some of which have grown to the myth­i­cal level of uni­corns (com­pa­nies deemed to be worth over a bil­lion dol­lars) have come in the wake of In­dia’s now leg­endary suc­cess in tech­nol­ogy out­sourc­ing. For sure, the growth has been rapid and spec­tac­u­lar but it is also clear that In­dian star­tups are at a cru­cial stage in their evo­lu­tion.

The panel will dis­cuss what needs to be done if In­dian star­tups are to thrive in an en­vi­ron­ment that de­mands a fine bal­ance be­tween scale, cul­ture and re­turns.

Stay tuned to ET for more de­tails in the run-up to the event.

(From Left) Ra­jan Anan­dan of Google, Naveen Te­wari of InMobi, Fal­guni Na­yar of Nykaa, Sachin Bansal of Flip­kart, Nan­dan Nilekani, co­founder of In­fosys, and Amitabh Kant of Niti Aayog

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