Leaders of Tomorrow Awards & Conclave

With underlying theme of ‘SMALL TO SCALABLE’, Leaders of Tomorrow Season 8 will build upon its pedigree of being country’s only daily series focused on empowering upcoming businesses. The objective of the initiative is to empower SMEs/MSMEs /Start Ups. The Awards will felicitate the SMEs/ MSMEs and Start-ups which have achieved significant success in their business.

Participants Eligibility Criteria:

Leaders of Tomorrow – Awards invites start-ups, micro, small and medium enterprises registered in India to send their entries. The  Eligibility Criteria are listed as follows:

Eligibility Criteria Entity Type
SMEs/ MSMEs Start-ups Social Enterprises
i. Entity Type Registered sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, public company, private company or HUF with the respective governing authority Registered partnership, limited liability partnership or a private company with the respective governing authority Registered as a Trust/ Non-Profit Company (Section 8 company) under the Companies Act 2013/ Co-operative Society under the Co-operative Societies Act
ii. Optional Registration Certificate Registered with Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (Udyog Aadhaar) valid as on date Start-up recognition by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade [DPIIT] Not Applicable
iii. Years of operations as on 31-Mar-2019 Not Applicable 1 year to 10 years Minimum 2 years

B) SMEs/ MSMEs - Investment in Plant & Machinery [P&M] for Manufacturing & Investment in Equipment for Service Entities:

*Investment in plant and machinery [for Manufacturing entities] is the original cost excluding land and building and the items specified by the Ministry of Small Scale Industries vide its notification No.S.O.1722(E) dated October 5, 2006. Investment in equipment [for Service Entities] (original cost excluding land and building and furniture, fittings and other items not directly related to the service rendered or as may be notified under the MSMED Act, 2006

v. A declaration that Promoters and Key Managerial Personnel of the participating entity and the participant entity itself are not subject to any litigations or disqualifications by any court of law or regulatory authorities

Rules of Participation:

  • i. A legally binding Non-Disclosure Agreement shall be signed between the entity participants and BCCL to ensure the confidentiality of all information disclosed between both the parties
  • ii. Any participant can register its entry under only one of the defined three categories, i.e.
    • Start-Up,
    • SME/MSME or
    • Social Enterprise
  • iii. Participation under industry wise awards will be deemed participation under ‘Thematic Awards’
  • iv. For Start-Up & SME, 'Entrepreneur of the Year' Award, the founder/ owner/individuals must be an Indian citizen, currently residing in India;
  • v. Participation by Women Entrepreneurs under industry wise awards will be considered as deemed participation under ‘Women Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award
  • vi. An Enterprise/Participant cannot participate on behalf of its sister units, subsidiary (ies) and/or any group entity
  • vii. The participant shouldn’t have been declared as a winner in the previous 2 editions of Leaders of Tomorrow Awards
  • viii. Employees of BCCL, sponsors and partners of the Awards are not allowed to participate in the Awards

Please fill the application form and upload relevant documents on the online portal – https://www.leadersoftomorrow.co.in/ or email on lotawards2020@timesgroup.com

In case of any further query, please email us on lotawards2020@timesgroup.com or call on +91 7821014282.Refer to the list of documents and data required for filling the form

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Key Event information for participants in the Awards:

  • - Multi-Layered screening and selection of participants/winners will be carried out by Process Partners and Jury members.
  • - The jury reserves the right to decide the Winners and any dispute in this regard will not be entertained.
  • - Entries received post last date of submission shall not be entertained
  • - The applicant will be required to submit documents all the documents at the time of submitting their application

Key Event Milestones:

  • - Till 4-Mar-2020: Receiving entries from participant entities
  • - Mar – 2020: Screening, Shortlisting and Winner Selection shall be done by Process Partners and Jury Members based on pre-defined criteria
  • - 20-Mar-2020: Announcement of Winners for various award categories

Following are the criteria based on which participant shortlisting and winner selection shall be done:

  • - Business Model - Concept, Idea, Product & Innovation
  • - Past Financial Performance
  • - Impact & Reach (Multiple Geographies)
  • - Promoter Background
  • - Technology Impact & Disruption
  • - Social Impact

Following are the various Award Categories defined

Entity Type Industry-Based Award Categories Theme-based Award Categories
SME / MSME 1. FMCG
2. Clothing, Textile & accessories
3. Food & Agricultural processing (includes Fertilizer)
4. Pharma & Healthcare & Diagnostics (includes Chemical)
5. Education (includes pre-school/ nursery, coaching, university, colleges, institutes, etc. No trusts permitted)
6. Logistics, Cargo & Courier (fleet or 4 wheeler owners)
7. Auto OEM manufacturers
8. Machinery, Electricals & Electronics
9. IT/ITES & Tech (Consulting Services, Hardware, Software)
10. Travel, Tourism & Hospitality (QSR, Hotels, Restaurants & Caterers)
1. Ballantine's Golf Retreat presents Undaunted SME Entrepreneur of the Year
2. LoT 'Best Manufacturer SME of the Year'
3. LoT ‘Best Retailer SME of the Year’
4. LoT 'SME Woman Entrepreneur of the Year'
Start-ups 1. FinServ & Fintech StartUp of the Year (financial service aggregators)
2. Education & EdTech StartUp of the Year
3. Pharma, Healthcare, Diagnostics, Wellness & Fitness StartUp of the Year
4. Travel, Tourism & Hospitality StartUp of the Year (only hotel accommodation for hospitality)
5. Logistics, Cargo & Courier StartUp of the Year
6. Food and Foodtech StartUp of the Year
7. IT/ITeS/ E-Commerce Process Outsourcing StartUp of the Year
1. LoT ‘Disruptor of the Year’
2. LoT ‘StartUp Change Maker of the Year’
3. LoT ‘StartUp Entrepreneur of the Year' presented by Ballantine’s
4. LoT ‘StartUp Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’