The Ministry of Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) has instituted the “National
Entrepreneurship Awards” to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship
across the country. These premier awards seek to recognise and honour
young entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for
their outstanding efforts in the field of entrepreneurship development.
The Awards also seek to highlight models of excellence for youth of
India and encourage them to take entrepreneurship as a preferred career
The National Entrepreneurship Awards will be presented annually in a
public function beginning 2016. The first Award Ceremony will take place
on 30th January 2017 where awards in 11 categories will be given. Home
Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh will be the chief guest.Minister of State
(I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy
will preside over the function.
Involvement of youth is at the heart of this Award Scheme, to ensure the
involvement of youth, the Ministry has partnered with premier institutes
of higher learning across the country, including IIT Delhi, IIM
Ahmedabad, IIT Mumbai, TISS Mumbai, IIT Chennai, XLRI Jamshedpur and IIT
Kanpur, to implement the scheme. The applicants have undergone two
levels of rigorous assessment, followed by selection of winners by a
National Level Jury. Top three entries under each category were
recommended to the National Jury for the final selection of the winners.
The National Jury comprised of eminent persons drawn from
academia/research, industry, social sector, banking etc.
Pioneering this national initiative will provide models of excellence in
the entrepreneurship ecosystem that would inspire the youth, specially
the first generation entrepreneurs to improve and excel in their
entrepreneurial pursuits, and at the same time, this would give a
tremendous encouragement and inspiration to the ecosystem builders in
excelling in their commitment towards spearheading a cultural shift in
youth entrepreneurship through education and capacity building that
includes teaching, training, practice, handholding, mentoring,
networking, funding and scholarly and/or creative activities.