MSDE felicitates entrepreneurs and individuals at National Entrepreneurship Awards 2018


Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) felicitates entrepreneurs and individuals at National Entrepreneurship Awards 2018

  • The awards aim to honour outstanding contributions in entrepreneurship development
  • 30 young entrepreneurs and 3 entrepreneurship ecosystem builders, conferred with the award
  • The award included trophy, certificate and cash prize up to Rs 10 lakhs

 The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today concluded the third edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) on 4th January 2018, by honouring 30 outstanding young entrepreneurs and three entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their exceptional contribution in entrepreneurship development at a ceremony held in New Delhi. The awards were conferred in the presence of Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation; Shri Anantkumar Hegde, Minister of State for Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and Dr. KP Krishnan, Secretary, MSDE.

Among the winners and models of excellence included Ms. Roshan Kahtoon, 23, from Bihar, who is an inspiration to many. Despite her physical disability, she has beaten all odds and has set up a small bangle manufacturing unit. Ms. Shruthi Reddy Sethi, 33, of Kolkata, who started Anthyesti Funeral Services to provide end-to-end funeral management service, Ms. Tana Sumpaaged, 35, of the Nyishi tribe, Arunachal Pradesh, who is successfully running piggery farms and fisheries and also helping local people, women, housewives and unemployed youth with quality training and livelihood support. Among others felicitated were Mr. Mahipal Chary Kadivendi, 38, of Telangana, who has developed a self-propelled weeder-cum-cultivator that can be used for a number of agricultural processes such as hoeing, weeding, tilling, sowing and also for applying fertilizer or insecticides.

Entrepreneurship awards 2018 AnanthKumar HegdeShri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, said, “I would like to congratulate all award winners for their exemplary performance. The definition of entrepreneurship is constantly evolving and with change in fixed tenure jobs, the nature of working environment is changing with more people creating their job space versus joining a certain industry. There are ample opportunities for our youth to be gainfully engaged in launching start-up initiatives in the country. “

He further added, “The economic growth of a country depends on the economic growth of its people. The youth needs to be empowered today with skills which can empower them. The change in market environment is no more a challenge, but has become an opportunity for many. Government of India’s initiatives like MUDRA Yojana, Start Up India, the GeM portal, etc. are giving the best and most conducive environment to our young entrepreneurs.”

Congratulating the winners, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, said, “Adopting an inclusive approach, this year new categories were introduced for grassroot entrepreneurs with special focus on women, persons with disabilities, SC/STs and entrepreneurs from difficult areas. Our endeavour has been to incubate entrepreneurial spirit to build self-sustainable livelihood. National Entrepreneurship Awards not only recognises small and medium entrepreneurs, but creates aspirations for all those who are willing to innovate, and are determined to create their own enterprise. India is emerging as the fastest growing economy in the world and we are committed to promote entrepreneurship to fuel growth”

National Entrepreneurship Awards Minister Suresh PrabhuJPGTalking about the award recipients this year, Minister of State, MSDE, Shri Anantkumar Hegde, said, “Our country’s strength is its human resource. The Government is committed to supporting everyone – across small, medium or large categories of entrepreneurs, and create market linkages for all. No entrepreneur is different from another as each has to invest the same amount of passion, grit and commitment in their venture. National Entrepreneurship Awards is a recognition of immense talent that our youth has. I would urge our youth to work hard, take risks and write their own destiny. This is just the beginning. There are immense opportunities in the country and sky is the limit.”

Milind Kamble, Founder & Chairman, The Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “The current incumbent government is making commendable efforts to create a strong support system for entrepreneurs across categories including those who are marginalized. I would give AAA rating to the Government for being Accessible, Accommodating and being Action oriented. We are happy to associate with the Ministry and commit our support in their endeavors to boost the MSME sector.”

The National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) was instituted by MSDE in 2016 to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country. A total of 33 winners – 30 Young Entrepreneurs and 3 Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders were awarded. Each of the enterprise/individual winners received a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, while each of the winning organizations/institutes received a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

The Awards ceremony witnessed attendance from senior officials of the ministry, members of the Skill Sector Councils, corporate leaders; successful and budding entrepreneurs among others.

National Entrepreneurship Awards 2018 winnersNational Entrepreneurship Awards 2018 –  List of Winners

Enterprise Award Category


Sub-Category / Sector

Name of Applicant (organisation or individual, as the case may be) Entrepreneur’s NameAge
A1 Category (with initial investment up to Rs 1 lakh)
Textile, textile articles, leather and related goodsHeelium1.Mr. Prateek Sharma

2.Mr.Siddharth Jain (Co-founder)

Agriculture, food processing and forestry – also includes vegetable products, vegetable fats, prepared foodstuffs and agri-techSolar Power Agriculture Engineering Enterprises


Mr. Sangappa Sankanagoud


Chemicals, pharma, bio and others


Nera Herbal Organic Products Co.


Ms. Neha Bhatt




Xcraft Online Private Limited,



1.Mr. Rahul Baruah

2.Mr.Anupam Nath (Co-founder)

Renewable energy and waste management


Vaultra Energy Solutions


Mr. Gautam Chokhani

2.Aman Tiwari (Co-founder)

3.Ameya Sathe (Co-founder)




Chandrakala Verma


Ms. Chandrakala Verma


Logistics, transports, e-commerce & other services


Teamwork Talent


1.Mr. Mansur Modan

2.Imran Chada (Co-founder)


HealthcarePregBuddy Technologies Private Limited


Ms. Sivareena Sarika


Hospitality, Tourism & Travel




Ms. Aprajita Bhadouria


WomenZonu Meat Processing Pvt LtdDr Vanramhlimpuii




Utpal Das E GovernencesMr. Utpal Das




Jeevika Bangle Unit


Ms. Roushan khatoon


Difficult Area


Moni Handicraft CentreMs. Dulu Moni Kalita


A2 Category (with initial investment above Rs. 1 lakh and up to Rs 10 lakh)
Textile, textile articles, leather and related goodsMOMZJOY (By Fresh Venturz LLP)Ms. Kriti Baveja


Agriculture, food processing and forestry – also includes vegetable products, vegetable fats, prepared foodstuffs and agri-techVarun Engineering Works


Mr. Kadivendi Mahipal Chary


Chemicals, pharma, bio and others


BioEra Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd


1.Mr. Siddharth Salunke

2.Mrs Asha Salunke (Co-founder)

Engineering systems, base metals & articles, machinery & mechanical appliances and medical devicesRobolab Technologies Private Limited


1.Mr. Pratik Deshmukh


2.Ajit Balaji (Co-founder)


3. Amol Gulhane (Co-founder)

Renewable energy and waste management


VRG Energy India Pvt Ltd


1.Mr. Vijay Rathod

2.Ritesh Kamani(Co-founder)

3.Mr.Ghanshyam Kapuriya (Co-founder)




Mahesh Handicrafts


1.Mr. Ashok Chouhan

2.Arjun Chouhan(Co-founder)

3. Mahesh Chouhan (Co-founder)



Medimation Education Pvt Ltd


1.Dr. Manasi Bavkar

2.Maithili Bavkar (Co-founder)

Logistics, transports, e-commerce & other services


Anthyesti Funeral Services Pvt. Ltd


1.Ms. Shruthi Reddy Sethi

2.Suhasani Reddy(Co-founder)


WomenBleeTech Innovations Pvt LtdMs. Nupura Kirloskar (Co-founder)

Ms. Janhavi Joshi (Co-founder)

SC/STBorder Area Multipurpose Coop Society Ltd, HollongiMs. Tana Sumpa 35
PwDSaraghsoft technologies Pvt Ltd1.Mr. Pradeep Shankar M

2.Mr Promod kumar M (Co-founder)

Difficult AreaNungjeng FabricationMr. Maipaksana Raj kumar38
A3 Category A3 (with initial investment above Rs 10 lakh and up to Rs. 1 crore)
Agriculture, food processing and forestry – also includes vegetable products, vegetable fats, prepared foodstuffs and agri-tech




Ms. Seema Devi (Co-founder)

Ms. Kajri Devi (Co-founder)

Mr. Kishor Kumar (Co-founder)

Chemicals, pharma, bio and others


Hem Chemical And Pharma IndustriesMr. Ritesh Kumar J Patel (Co-founder)39
HealthcareAakar Innovations Pvt. Ltd.Mr. Jaydeep Mandal33
Logistics, transports, e-commerce & other servicesSteelMInt Info Services LLPMr. Dhruv Goel (Co-founder)

Mr. Sumit Agrawal (Co-founder)

WomenPawar Chhayaben HemkantMs. Pawar Chhayaben Hemkant 28

Ecosystem Builders



Name of Applicant (organisation or individual, as the case may be) NameContact Details
Incubation CentresCentre for Innovation Incubation and EntrepreneurshipMr. Kunal Upadhyay
Promoters Rural Producer Group EnterpriseCollectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI)Mr. Ganesh Neelam, DirectorMr. Sirshendu Paul (contact person),

MentorDr. Suryanil GhoshDr. Suryanil Ghosh


The National Entrepreneurship Awards 2018 had the following 12 institutes/organizations as its partners:

  1. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  6. Institute of Rural Management, Anand
  7. National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development, Mumbai
  8. National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad
  9. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, Hyderabad
  10. Rural Development & Self-Employment Training Institute, Bangalore
  11. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  12. Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur [Lead Partner]