Currently in its 6th edition, The Economic Times Startup Awards has gained the reputation of being sort of Oscars of Indian startup industry. Every year, almost all startups that deem themselves to be worthy contenders have ostensibly craved for this much sought after award. Winning a top prize and even consolation prize at the annual ET awards brings tones of positive publicity and can propel a fledging startup into fast lane of glorious success.
Therefore, we didn’t have to give much after-thought for bringing a complete list of winners of ET startup award 2020. A high-powered jury spearheaded by Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO & MD of Tata Consultancy Services, selected total 9 winners for this year’s edition of ET startup awards 2020.
Below we’ve shared the details of these 9 winners….
Zerodha – online brokerage firm Zerodha won the top prize at the sixth edition of ET Startup Awards. The Bengaluru based startup over the years has caught the fancy of the investors as well as the entire Indian startup ecosystem. After all, today it is one of the few Indian fintech startups that is earning hundreds of crores of profit on almost Rs 1,000 crore of revenue. As per reports, currently Zerodha constitutes for 15% of Indian retail trading volume with approximate customer base of 2.8 Mn. For FY20, Zerodha’s revenue touched almost Rs 950 crore, up 11% on YOY basis. With such enviable financial metrics that very few fintech startups can match up, Zerodha’s selection for the top prize at this year’s coveted ET awards certainly seems justified.
Gv Ravishankar – Sequoia Capital India’s MD Gv Ravishankar won the Midas Touch award for the best startup investor. Ravishankar has helped Sequoia in securing some of the best bets in India, resulting in profitable exits for the American based VC giant. Ravishankar’s decision to take an early bet on Bjyu’s in 2014 and continuing to back up once struggling Rebel foods has today put Sequoia Capital in an invincible position.
Anand Prakash, Pulkit Jain & Vamsi Krishna of Vedantu: Anand Prakash, Pulkit Jain & Vamsi Krishna of Vedantu won the award in the comeback kid category. It isn’t easy to compete with a deep-pocketed player like Byju’s, which is today the world’s most valued edutech startup. But Vedantu over the years has not only manage to offset the competition from Byju’s, it has carved a niche for itself to secure respect from the investment community as well as its industry peers.
Anil Kumar: Anil Kumar SG of Samunnati won the award in social enterprise category.
Anju Srivastava: Anju Srivastava of Wingreens secured the award in Woman Ahead category.
Bellatrix Aerospace: Aerospace manufacturer and smallsat launcher Bellatrix Aerospace won the award in ‘Best for Campus’ section.
AgniKool Cosmos: Space startup AgniKool Cosmos won the award for Top startup Innovator
Gametion Technologies: Gametion Technologies won the award in the ‘Bootstrap Champ’ section.
Mylab Discovery: Mylab Discovery won the award in COVID-19 healthcare innovation section.