What award winners said in their acceptance speeches at ET Startup Awards 2019 –

Here’s a look at what the winners of the fifth edition of the prestigious The Economic Times Startup Awards said in their acceptance speeches:

Top Innovator: Tricog

Tricog combines equipment with artificial intelligence and medical expertise. For instance, when the wearable device tracks the heart rate of the patient, the information is sent to a centrally located hub where a qualified expert is available 24/7. The specialist interprets the electrocardiogram and sends the report through an SMS as well as through a message on Tricog’s mobile app. This helps in faster diagnosis.

Read: Top Innovator Tricog aims to speed up cardiac diagnosis & treatment

Best on Campus: Atomberg Technologies

In a closely fought category, Mumbai-based Atomberg Technologies with its energy-efficient fans came on top to win the ETSA 2019 jury’s vote for the ‘Best on Campus’ award.

Read: Atomberg Technologies is emerging as one of the fastest growing brands in the ceiling-fan market

Bootstrap Champ: Fit & Glow Healthcare

The ability to build a consumer brand and expand globally without raising any external funding helped Fit & Glow Healthcare bag the top honours in the Bootstrap Champ category at ET Startup Awards 2019. Founded in 2014 by Manish and Karan Chowdhary along with Ashwin and Arvind Sokke, the four former digital marketers spotted the opportunity of building brands in the beauty and wellness market with a differentiated positioning.

Read: How bootstrap champ Fit & Glow is building a global consumer brand

Comeback Kid: Kunal Bahl & Rohit Bansal, cofounders, Snapdeal

The tenacity shown by Snapdeal’s founders — Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal — in pulling their company back from the brink of oblivion, was recognised unanimously by the jury as one of the biggest survival stories of the Indian startup ecosystem in recent memory. Snapdeal moved away from competing with Amazon and Flipkart and focused on what it calls value-conscious customers. The e-commerce startup bagged Comeback Kid award at ET Startup Awards 2019 held Friday in Bengaluru.

Read: Snapdeal founders get back from the brink of oblivion

Women Ahead: Priya Krishnan, founder & CEO, KLAY Schools

KLAY Schools’ Priya Krishnan clinched the ‘Woman Ahead’ category at ET Startup Awards 2019. The jury was impressed with the scale of operations and the substantive difference brought by her to society by working at the intersection of childhood education and enabling women to return to work after having a child.

Read: Priya Krishnan is bringing a substantive difference to the society with Klay Schools

Social Enteprise: SocialCops & First Step Digital

The data intelligence startup, SocialCops and feminine hygiene startup, First Step Digital were the joint winners for ‘Social Enterprise’ category at ET Startup Awards 2019. Founded by Prukalpa Sankar and Varun Banka in 2013, SocialCops works with governments, corporate houses and nonprofits to help them make better decisions using data-based insights. First Step Digital, a feminine hygiene line with its first product PeeBuddy, aims to identify and solve women’s issues around menstruation and intimate care.

Read: SocialCops and First Step Digital are on a mission to better lives

Midas Touch for best investor: Bejul Somaia, MD at Lightspeed Venture Partners

It has been a stellar run for Bejul Somaia, managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners, over the past two years. To top that was an almost $1 billion partial exit he’s just clocked from the fund’s most prized portfolio company, Oyo. Somaia established Lightspeed’s India in 2008. Bejul Somaia’s early and bold bets, as well as his timely exits, helped him win over other nominees.

Read: Bejul Somaia has had a stellar run over the past two years

Startup of the year: Delhivery

Delhivery bagged the coveted Startup of the Year award at ET Startup Awards 2019. It received high praise for touching remote corners of the country, encompassing more than 17,000 pin codes and creating impact by being a full-stack logistics platform.

Started as a hyperlocal food-delivery startup, ferrying food to customers, several of whom happened to be e-commerce entrepreneurs, Delhivery now processes more than 500,000 parcels a day and is valued at over $1.5 billion. It provides a full suite of logistics services, including express parcel transportation, freight, reverse logistics, and B2C warehousing and tech services.

Read: Delhivery has upended the highly-fragmented logistics industry


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