Announcing Smart CEO’s Startup50 Conference & Awards 2019

The events team at Smart CEO is gearing up for the 5th Edition of Smart CEO’s Startup50 Conference & Awards scheduled for December 2019. Over the last four years, we’ve managed to build Startup50 into a unique, vibrant and useful platform for the VC-backed startup ecosystem to come together.

Over the years, we’ve had some wonderful brands that have worked with Startup50. In 2018, we were thrilled when Facebook decided to come on board as the title sponsor. Other marquee brands including Harley Davidson, BMW Motorad, Mercedes Benz and IIFL Wealth, to name a few, have had a wonderful partnership with us – engaging with some of India’s best founders through the Startup50 platform.

This year, we’re all set to launch two new properties, as part of Startup50.

Startup50 Alumni: Over the last four years, we’ve had the privilege of honoring 200 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 200 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, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, in addition to having a paperback version.  For sponsorship opportunities for this digital content series, please do write to us at

In this edition, we present to you on the cover the Journey of IDA Ireland. For the editorial team at Smart CEO, this was a very interesting cover to work on, for one simple reason; It gave us a complete perspective of the business and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ireland through the lens of a dynamic government body. At Smart CEO, we’ve partnered with IDA Ireland in India to co-create various events and content-led media properties. It was indeed a wonderful opportunity for us to interview Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.

Hope you enjoy reading this interview and other stories as part of our healthcare special feature series.

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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