TATA NEN Hottest Startups 08: Recognizing High-Potential Startups


The TATA NEN Hottest Startups 2008 Awards are India's first public choice awards designed to recognize young companies that innovate, solve hard problems, grow fast and create jobs.

In its first edition, the Awards drew participation from over 600 startups across 20 industry verticals in over 30 cities.

To see the full list of startups that participated in the Awards and the five winners, visit

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon with Laura Parkin, Executive Director, Wadhwani Foundation and NEN.

Kanwaljit Singh of Helion Ventures with Rajesh Varrier of Active Cubes, one of the five winners of the Hottest Startups 2008.

Prof. Gayatri Saberwal of IBAB, Bangalore interacts with entrepreneurs at the networking dinner.

Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump - Daily Dump was one of the 30 finalists of the Hottest Startups 2008.

The 30 finalists of the Hottest Startups 2008 Awards at the networking dinner at the The Lalit, Bangalore.

Laura Parkin welcomes the gathering to the Hottest Startups 2008 awards at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai.

Naina Lal Kidwai, CEO of HSBC India, addresses the gathering.

Nitish Desai of Nitish Associates heads the panel discussion on governance.

Laura Parkin, NEN Executive Director and Co-founder, opening the Awards ceremony.

Simon Cox of the Economist Group.

Dr. JJ Irani of the TATA Group delivers the keynote address at the Hottest Startups Award Ceremony.

Prof. Rakesh Basant of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in discussion with NEN members.

Dr. JJ Irani with Active Cubes, Bangalore, one of the winners of the Hottest Startups 2008 Awards.

Dr. JJ Irani presents the award to Lakshya Institute, Patiala, one of the five winners.

Star Agriwarehousing of Jaipur, one of the five winners, picks their award.

Dr. JJ Irani awards of Delhi.

The Loot, Mumbai, one of the winners of the Hottest Startups Awards.

The 5 winners of the Hottest Startups Awards pose for a group photo with Dr. JJ Irani at the Awards ceremony at the Taj Mahal