Aspire Media Launches the 4th Annual Startup Pitch & Awards “The AEONIAN 2021”

• Virtual event to be held on 9th & 10th December 2021
• Call to Nominate campaign starts on 17 September 2021.
• The Virtual Pitch enables investor participation from across the globe.
• The Awards this year will recognize the top startups those have braved the pandemic with innovative ideas

Aspire Media will organize its 4th Annual Startup Pitch and awards The AEONIAN 2021, to recognize successful Startups in India, to be held on 09th and 10th December 2021.  This year the award ceremony will be a virtual celebration of the Indian Startup ecosystem. The ceremony will be held in its true spirits even though it will not be a physical ceremony, due to the COVID 19 protocol. The registration to get nominated in The AEONIAN 2021 Pitch & Awards are open to all Startups in India. There are 26 categories applicants can choose from. Special Jury Awards will be announced for 4 unique categories – Women Startup of the Year, Phoenix Startup of the Year, Innovative Startup of the Year and The AEONIAN Founder of the Year.

The AEONIAN 4th Annual Awards validation partner is Aspire Consulting, headed by Dr. Krishnakumar (Ex KPMG), who will be the Jury Head. Early Bird Nomination will close by 05 October 2021. The regular will continue till the final nomination closure date on 10 Novemberr’21.

The 4th annual The AEONIAN 2021 is an initiative by Aspire Media’s flagship portal, a leading MSME and Startup educational platform that has helped small entrepreneurs for the past 12 years. The AEONIAN 2021 is a prestigious and comprehensive program to support and recognize startups across India. Aspire Media connects the Startup and MSME community in India through roadshows, webinars, MasterClasses and monthly magazine in digital and print editions. The AEONIAN Pitch and Awards 2021 is an ethical platform that sets the highest standards in judging criteria. It offers an exceptional chance to highlight India’s most innovative Startups.

The mission of The AEONIAN 2021 is to ensure absolute commitment to creating an environment where Startups can thrive. Aspire Media encourages all Startups to nominate for The AEONIAN 2021. The AEONIAN 2021 will also publish the event details mentioning the Pitch and award winners and their details. This will be published in magazines and online. The publication comes with a huge readership in its print and digital editions.

International Investor Participation

Being a virtual event, The AEONIAN 2021 pitch will invite International investors and accelerators/Incubators. Hence the pitch sessions will be conducted twice to ensure maximum investor participation across all the time zones.

The initial 3 years awards ceremony were held in 2017 Bangalore, 2018 Mumbai and in 2019 in Bangalore. The past Pitch sessions were graced by Investors and accelerators form India, UK, Japan, Korea and the US.

Jury Panel Members

The eminent Jury Panel members for The AEONIAN 2021 include Dr. Sunil Shukla – Chairman, EDII Ahmedabad, Rajendra Deshpande – CEO, Business Value India, Ajay Thakur, Head SME, BSE SME, Rahul Savoor – Product Head Wadhwani Foundation, Neetu V Bansal – Marketing Coach (Marketing4Sales), Ish Anand – CEO Business Doctors, Dr. Krishna Kumar, Principal Consultant, Aspire Consulting and the Jury Head, The AEONIAN 2021, Dr. Krishnan Natarajan – Family Business Advisor, Dr. Kiran Kumari Patil – Director, University-Industry Interaction Centre and Darshana Thakkar, Founder & CEO, Transformation – The strategy HUB.

The jury members are representatives from multiple industries. They have relevant experience and understanding of the Startup Ecosystem. Judges will shortlist entrants as finalists. The total number of finalists will depend on the quality and quantity of entrants for every category. All entrants will not automatically become finalists.

Awards Judging Criteria

Judging is assessed on the responses to the Awards Criteria questions located within the entry form, additional supporting documentation, business growth summary and overall presentation for the entry. The outcome of each business assessment by the Jury panel will determine the The AEONIAN2021 Award winners.

To nominate for The AEONIAN 2021 Awards & Pitch, please visit


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