Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 7 (ANI-BusinessWire India): EY, the leading global professional services organisation, on Wednesday announced the selection of 16 of the most exceptional entrepreneurs as finalists for the 19th Entrepreneur of the Year - India (EOY) 2017 Awards.
The finalists have been selected from among 250+ outstanding nominations and will be felicitated at a grand celebratory Awards Banquet to be held on 15th February in Mumbai.
Together, these 16 finalists have combined revenues of Rs 77,751.4 crore (USD11.6 billion) and are providing employment to 83,601 people in India and globally.
A distinguished nine-member independent jury panel, led by Dilip Shanghvi, MD, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries selected the finalists.
The other jury members Jalaj Dani, co-promoter, Asian Paints; Harsh Goenka, chairperson, RPG Enterprises; Naina Lal Kidwai, chairman, Max Financial Services; Meher Pudumjee, chairperson, Thermax Ltd; Renuka Ramnath, MD and CEO, Multiples Alternate Asset Management; Vijay Sankar, deputy chairman, Sanmar Group; MK Sharma, chairman, ICICI Bank and Romesh Sobti, MD and CEO, IndusInd Bank.
"I have been a part of the jury for the EOY awards for a few years now and have come across an array of unconventional yet successful entrepreneurs. What I respect about the selection process is that it is consistently and rigorously followed across 50+ countries. It is basis a comprehensive research on companies spanning different sectors. This year's finalists too represent entrepreneurs with innovative ideas who have become successful by charting a disruptive growth path," said jury chairman and MD, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Dilip Shanghvi.
The finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 India Awards are:
- Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Finserv
- Puneet Dalmia, managing director, Dalmia Group
- Ramesh K. Dua, managing director, Relaxo Footwears
- Sunder Genomal, managing director, Page Industries
- Akhil Gupta, vice chairman of Bharti Group and executive chairman of Bharti Infratel
- Ankur Jain, chief executive officer, B9 Beverages
- Zorawar Kalra, founder and managing director, Massive Restaurants
- Nithin Kamath, founder and chief executive officer, Zerodha
- Samay Kohli, group chief executive officer, GreyOrange India
- Satheesh Kumar K.R, chairman and managing director, Enzen Global Solutions
- VP Nandakumar, managing director and chief executive officer, Manappuram Finance
- Glenn Saldanha, chairman and managing director, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
- Rashesh Shah, chairman and chief executive officer, Edelweiss Financial Services
- Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet
- Kedar Vaze, director and group chief executive officer, Keva (SH Kelkar)
- Sumant Sinha, founder chairman and CEO, ReNew Power Ventures
India's Metro Man, Dr. E. Sreedharan will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contributions transforming public transport in India. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Kolkata Metro, Delhi Metro, Kochi Metro and Lucknow Metro. He also spearheaded the Konkan Railway project, considered one of the most difficult railway projects in the world, and completing it in a short span of eight years. Among several other acknowledgements, Dr. Sreedharan has also earlier been conferred the esteemed Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards from the Government of India for his contributions to public transportation.
"In a world where disruption is the new normal, exceptional entrepreneurs are creating value by embracing innovation and constantly reinventing themselves. The Finalists display exceptional ideas and uniqueness in their operating models in seemingly conventional businesses. Each one of them is not only a force to reckon within the industry, but also has a keen eye for expanding their footprint in the global market while adopting new generation technologies in their business," said Chairman, EY India, Rajiv Memani.
The jury considered a host of criterion, including the nominee's entrepreneurial spirit, recent financial performance, strategic direction, product or service innovation, company leadership including personal integrity and risk-taking, values and key employee initiatives, and involvement with the community.
"While businesses, governments and individuals have successfully chartered disruptive paths over the past few years, enterprises and their leaders will be tested in their ability to drive relentless, agile innovation and build robust business models. The Finalists are examples of entrepreneurs who have seized the upside of disruption, epitomizing our awards theme 'Ideas. Innovation. Inspiration. They have enabled inclusive growth, and are a source of inspiration for many," said partner and EOY India program leader, Farokh Balsara.
""Never before have we seen ideas and innovation spur such zeal, whether it is in the exciting world of start-ups with technology at the core of business ideas, or conventional businesses who are reshaping themselves. The lasting impact lies within the manifold ways entrepreneurship touches and changes lives: creating employment, raising health and education standards, and ushering in a stable and progressive society," said CEO, India, Standard Chartered Bank and sponsor of the EOY 2017 Awards Program, Zarin Daruwala.
"In pursuit of recognising such leaders and innovators who have been contributing in shaping the future of our country we have associated with EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for the third year. The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program truly captures and celebrates the spirit behind India's economic resurgence," Daruwala added.
"This is an exciting time for entrepreneurship and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 has seen record participation of 250+ nominees. I, on behalf of the DellEMC family, would like to acknowledge and congratulate the nominees, finalists and esteemed jury members who have been part of this journey. I wish all the nominees the very best for their future endeavors," said president and MD, India Commercial, Dell EMC and of the EOY 2017 Awards Program, Alok Ohrie.
The past winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year India Awards include Vivek Chaand Sehgal (Samvardhana Motherson Group), Vinita and Nilesh Gupta (Lupin Limited), Uday Kotak (Kotak Mahindra Bank), Adi Godrej (Godrej Group), Rahul Bhatia (Interglobe Enterprises), Dilip Shanghvi (Sun Pharmaceuticals), Anand G Mahindra (Mahindra Group), Anil Agarwal (Vedanta Resources), Tulsi Tanti (Suzlon Energy), Kumar Mangalam Birla (Aditya Birla Group), Sunil Bharti Mittal (Bharti Group), Ratan Tata (Tata Group), N.R Narayana Murthy (Infosys), Brijmohan Lall Munjal (Hero Group), (Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries), and Subhash Chandra (Zee Telefilms). (ANI-BusinessWire India)