Announcing Smart CEO’s Startup50 Conference & Awards 2018

I write this note, one week after the completion of Leadership Unplugged held at Taj Coromandel, Chennai on Sept 6 & 7, 2018. It was a wonderful platform to meet over 30+ senior business leaders who took the time to deliver keynotes, TED-style talks and join us for panel discussions on the art and science of decision making.

The feedback from the event has been phenomenal both from our subscribers who joined us at the event and our sponsors. We had an interesting mix of professional CXOs, family business leaders and first-generation entrepreneurs, who shared anecdotes and experiences from the heart. 

Next month, we’ll do a deep dive into each of these talks, with the goal of harnessing and handpicking for our readers a powerful collection of ideas on the concept of decision-making by leaders. 

Next, the events team at Smart CEO is gearing up for the 4th Edition of Smart CEO’s Startup50 Conference & Awards scheduled for November 2018. Over the last three years, we’ve managed to build Startup50 into a unique, vibrant and useful platform for the VC-backed startup ecosystem to come together.

This year at Startup50, we’re gearing up to launch two new products within the Startup50 Brand.

Startup50 Alumni: Over the last three years, we’ve had the privilege of honoring 150 of India’s most exciting startups including the likes of Freshworks, OYO, Nykaa, Hector Beverages, Mitra Biotech, Happiest Minds and Urban Ladder, to name a few. With the launch of Startup50 Alumni, the 50 companies from this year will join a pool of 150 existing Startup50 companies and their founders in a unique digital community that comes together for structured networking opportunities. The Startup50 Alumni network will be managed on a digital platform and will include privileged access to a number of unique services.

Startup50 Playbook: The other aspect of a platform like Startup50 is that, during Jury Meetings and discussions with the founders, we manage to get a ring side view into a culture of a startup, the management style of a founder, the role of a VC and such. The Startup50 Playbook will put together a handpicked collection of anecdotes and experiences for the benefit of younger entrepreneurs and startups. It’ll be designed as a digital content series, to published on, Facebook and Instagram, in addition to having a paperback version.

Do visit us at for latest information on the event. And, hope you enjoy reading this edition of Smart CEO.

Prem Sivakumaran is co-founder & CEO of Growth Mechanics, a leadership and entrepreneurship-focused business content company in India. Growth Mechanics publishes The Smart CEO, a publication focused on enabling peer-to-peer knowledge exchange among C-level executives and board members. The platform reaches over 1.2 lakh CXOs across its website, app, print publication & CEO Round Tables, and has featured on the cover India’s leading business leaders/founders from Infosys, Mindtree, Tata Sons, ICICI Bank, Biocon, Yes Bank and several others. In addition of Smart CEO, Growth Mechanics also organises the Startup50 Conference & Awards, an annual event to recognize India’s top 50 startups every year. Startup50 Alumni include Freshdesk, Oyo Rooms, Urban Ladder, Capital Float, Paperboat Beverages, among others. Growth Mechanics’ primary business model revolves around linking CXOs and Brands around engaging content and has worked with India’s leading companies including Mahindra Group, Godrej & Boyce, BASF, Airtel, Tata Docomo, Fiat, IDA Ireland, Yes Bank, Prestige Estates, Frederique Constant, Indian Terrain

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