In the opening note, Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, IndiaMART.com
, said, “I share with immense pride that Leaders of Tomorrow is now India’s biggest SME Awards." Highlighting the need of better road infrastructure & uninterrupted power for SMEs apart from simplification of taxes, he urged the government to take these on priority. He added, "Today, we work with more than a million SMEs and help them grow their business. By enabling transactions worth Rs. 10,000 cr for them, we estimate to have helped them generate additional employment for about 100,000 people - and all of this without any financial assistance, in a self-sustainable manner."
The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Avinash Kaul, CEO, ET NOW, Times Now and Zoom
who said, “This season has been a tough one for the jury in to shortlist and identify the best SMEs from an overwhelming 75000 entries received from all across the country; I wish to congratulate all the Leaders of Tomorrow for coming this far through a rigorous selection process and we hope to see their businesses grow from strength to strength. We deeply value our long standing partnership with IndiaMART in nurturing entrepreneurship and rewarding excellence through the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards.”
Applauding the winners during his address, Mr. Anand Sharma, Honorable Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India
, talked about the measures that the Government is taking to help SMEs function better. He emphasized the importance of SMEs in the nation’s economy & reaffirmed that SMEs have been given their pride of place and the government has taken steps such as cutting down on red tape, invoking a provision for the first time to remove multiple level approval, amongst others.
A panel discussion on Building a New India: Empowering SMEs for Sustainable Growth saw the likes of Mr. Jay Panda, Mr. Vikram Bakshi, Mr. Shivinder Mohan Singh, Mr. Vineet Nayar, Ms. Suneeta Reddy and Mr. Pramod Bhasin expressing their viewpoints and opinion on opportunities and challenges faced by SMEs, how SMEs help large corporates, simplification of regulations etc.
Getting candid with the audience, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal
shared his personal experience of being an SME and rising upto the level his enterprise is at today. He further remarked, “We are the Leaders of today and may become Leader of past but you are the Leaders of Tomorrow."
The award night saw close to 300 MSME representatives in attendance. Winners across various categories, including the newly introduced ‘Game Changer’ Award, were as:
Award Categories - Company Name
IndiaMART.com is India's largest online B2B marketplace for Small & Medium Size Businesses, connecting global buyers with suppliers. The company offers a platform & tools to over 1.2 million suppliers to generate business leads from over 6.5 million buyers, who use the platform to find reliable & competitive suppliers. The company has over 3500 employees located across 60+ offices in the country. Its existing investors include Intel Capital and Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
Products & Services
offers products that enable small & medium size businesses generate business leads (online catalogs/store-fronts), establish their credibility (third party verified trust profile) and use business information (finance, news, trade shows, tenders) for their business promotion.
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About ET NOW:
ET NOW, A channel that is “Always Thinking Markets” provides viewers with highest stock recommendations, delivers stories that impact the markets, cutting edge analysis along with trading strategies and shows in-depth interviews of the biggest and the best names from the markets and economy.
About Times Television Network:
Times Television Network informs and entertains over 100 million urban affluent audiences across India with ET NOW - India’s comprehensive Markets Channel; MOVIES NOW - India’s leading English Movies Channel; TIMES NOW - India’s most watched English News Channel & zoOm - India’s # 1 Bollywood channel. The network is available in 28 countries across the globe. Times Television Network is part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group.
Pawandeep Kaur, Manager - Corporate Communication, IndiaMART, +91 11 30908654