• Shortlisted nominees to present their credentials to the Jury;
• Jury to select winners for various categories; to be announced at the Awards Ceremony in December;
• Hon'ble Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram to attend the Awards Ceremony.
As a curtain raiser to the Awards Ceremony in December, the much-awaited Jury Meet for IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010 will take place on November 24, 2010 at ET NOW studio, Noida. Chaired by Mr. Shiv Nadar, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Technologies, the Jury will gather to exercise their expertise and experience to decide upon the Award recipients from the shortlisted names of the nominees. Mr. Nadar will be joined by Mr. Gautam Thapar, Chairman and CEO, Avantha Group; Mr. Kushagra Bajaj, Promoter and Joint Managing Director, Bajaj Hindustan Ltd.; Mr. Jagdish Khattar, Chairman and Managing Director, Carnation Auto India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Uday Kumar Varma, Hon'ble Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Government of India. At the Meet, the potential Award winners will get an opportunity to showcase their credentials in front of these industry leaders.
Placing his trust in this maiden initiative, the Hon'ble Union Minister of Home Affairs Mr. P. Chidambaram has also given his consent to grace the Award Ceremony with his presence.
Affixing great importance to the Jury Meet, Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, IndiaMART.com, said, "The Awards were initiated to celebrate the undying spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the Indian MSMEs. It is a proud moment for us as this initiative is nearing its first milestone. I am sure that the Jury Chairman Mr. Nadar along with other respected Jury Members will bring their own stamp to this meet and choose the most deserving entrepreneurs."
In this phase, the Jury will have the arduous task of selecting the best MSMEs for the 16 categories of the Awards. The categories span across several verticals like Auto/ Auto Components, Engineering Products, Apparel and Accessories apart from Travel, Tourism and Hospitality, IT/ITES or Telecom, et al. The awards will also recognise other special achievers in the industry – Young Entrepreneur, Woman Entrepreneur, Green Company among others.
IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010, a joint initiative of IndiaMART.com and ET NOW, are being heralded as the most-prestigious Awards for the MSMEs. They have not only received enormous response from across the country but also brought forward exceptional business success stories of lesser known MSMEs in the show on ET NOW. The show has touched the lives of millions and inspired future business leaders.
IndiaMART.com is India's largest online B2B marketplace connecting global buyers with suppliers through business directories, online product catalogs, buy-sell offers, industry specific marketplaces, printed media and trade shows participation.
Founded in 1996 by Mr. Dinesh Agarwal (CEO), the company has a pan-India presence in over 100 cities. With over 2400 employees located across 55 offices in the country, IndiaMART.com offers an extensive range of value- added products and services to its 1 million registered members and nearly 5 million global buyers across various industries and verticals.
IndiaMART.com has won numerous awards over the years and has been widely covered by media such as CNBC, BBC, BusinessMoney, CNN, Businessworld, Economic Times, Financial Express, etc for its pioneering role in promoting SME business in the country. Its existing investors include Intel Capital and Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (Times Group), India's largest print media group. The Board of Directors at IndiaMART.com comprises of Mr. Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO of Makemytrip.com and Dr. Nachiket Mor, President, ICICI Foundation among others.
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